Andhra cuisine is spicy and tangy. This pepper chicken is very popular in Andhra Pradesh. There are so many recipes on the internet available. I remember trying this chicken when i was in Bangalore and was it hot! I love spicy food so that was not a problem for me. Can you make this without spice? I doubt it, but if you want to have a go at this you can reduce the amount of spice. Basically in this recipe green chillies and red and black pepper is used. I am told that its a dry dish served as a snack or with a daal, but you might just need to add some water to cook the chicken. I used my cook “n” serve ceramic pans for this as they are totally non stick. So..lets spice up our chicken today!!
INGREDIENTS FOR ONE: (because no one except me can eat this spicy dish!!!)
4 pieces of chicken with bones of your choice, cut into small pieces (this way it cooks faster)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 ” piece ginger
2 green chillies
salt to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon of hot red chili powder
Pinch of turmeric (it has amazing health properties)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Wash the chicken pieces well and pat dry. Make a paste of the ginger, garlic and green chillies using the blender ( i used my magic bullet). Marinate the chicken in this paste with salt, lemon juice and turmeric for a few hours. This makes the chicken tender and easy to cook. Heat the oil in a good nonstick pan (i used my ceramic pan) and then add the chicken pieces carefully into it. Cook covered for 5 minutes turning the pieces every two minutes or so. Once the chicken has dried up, add the black pepper and red chilli powder and cook till the chicken starts to turn brown. Check if its done, if not you can add a little water and cook till dry and the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Taste, correct seasoning and add some more lemon juice. Serve as a side dish or as a snack.
NITU DIDI TIP:
Can this be made boneless? Yes it can with chicken leg and thigh meat. You can also add a few curry leaves while its cooking for extra flavour. How to check if the chicken is cooked? If you prick the chicken with a fork and it goes in easily with the juices running out clear means the chicken is done. Many recipes of this andhra chicken use cloves, cinnamon etc. I made it just this way and it tasted awesome!
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