Tomato Chilli Chicken

Tomato Chilli Chicken -

This dish is an adaptation of a long-standing, frequently-prepared chicken dish in my home. Ever since I can remember, my mum used to prepare this chicken dish which in her words, is the easiest chicken recipe which anyone (and I vouch for this!) can make.

Like the name indicates, this tomato chilli chicken recipe has red chilli powder and tomato as the star ingredients. A good handful of crushed garlic lends the classic aromatic flavour to the chicken. You can use any type of chicken – with or without bones; but ensure that the pieces are small to get the flavours work right through the meat.

So here’s the recipe for easy peasy tomato chilli chicken.


1. Chicken pieces – 500 gm
2. Garlic – 5 cloves, crushed
3. Curry leaves – ½ cup
4. Red chilli powder – 1 ½ tbsp (quantity can be adjusted depending on how hot your prefer)
5. Tomato – 1 ripe, roughly chopped
6. Salt – to season
7. Pepper – to season
8. Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, chopped for garnish
9. Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp


• Pressure cook the chicken pieces with salt and pepper for one whistle. Do not add any water. If you are not using a pressure cooker, then cook the chicken pieces with salt and pepper in a deep pan with minimal water till 3/4 ths done.
• In another deep pan, heat oil; add the crushed garlic and curry leaves.
• Then add the red chilli powder and tomatoes. Saute on high heat till the oil clears and the tomatoes turn mushy.
• Add the broth from the cooked chicken pieces; continue cooking on high heat till the gravy thickens. Add the chicken pieces and continue to cook till the gravy just about coats the chicken.
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

tomato chilli chicken

6 thoughts on “Tomato Chilli Chicken

  1. Hi!!

    This is such a simple recipe and tastes great!

    I tried this through cooking the chicken in pressure cooker without water. It got burnt and stuck to the cooker bottom. I suggest we can add a little water. Or am I doing something wrong?

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    1. How many whistles Suriii? I always cook in my pressure cooker and never add water for chicken (not other meats). Boneless or small pieces require only one steam whistle but if the pieces are big, then I would give two maximum. Chicken releases a lot of water so I dont know why your’s got burnt.


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