Andhra chilli chicken or Green chilli chicken is a spicy South Indian restaurant-style dish, that has its origin in Bangalore, Karnataka. This green chili/chilli chicken is prepared with minimal ingredients like fresh green chilies, ginger-garlic, curd, Indian spices, and herbs. Green chili used in this recipe is the main ingredient that gives a unique flavor and taste to the dish.
This Andhra chilli chicken fry is a tasty side dish that pairs great with ghee rice, jeera rice white rice or basmati rice. And it can be a perfect party and regular day dish for lunch and dinner.
What is Andhra Chilli Chicken?
Andhra Chilli Chicken is a delicious side dish that is popular in Bangalore, the state of Karnataka. The freshly ground green chili masala, Indian spices, curd, and herbs deliver an irresistible flavor and taste to the dish. And that makes the dish unique from other chicken recipes.
While who introduced this dish is not clearly know, it was the Andhra style restaurants like Nagarjuna, Nandhini, and similar others that made this Andhra green chili chicken popular across Karnataka state. This dish got Andhra in its name only because of its high in spice level and Andhra cuisine are usually famous for their hot and spicy foods, so as the name.
How to make Andhra Chilli Chicken?
The recipe I have shared here is a simple Andhra green chilli chicken fry/dry and it yields 3 people. In this section, let's see how to make/prepare Andhra green chilli chicken at home without compromising the restaurant-style taste.
To make the green chilli chicken, Initially, I marinated the chicken with chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Then I allowed it to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I blended green chilies, ginger, garlic, and coriander leaves into a fine paste and reserved it for later use.
In a pan with medium heat, I poured oil, and then added the cinnamon sticks, green chilies, cumin, and fennel seeds to kick start the cooking process. And allowed them to sizzle without burning. And then I sauteed the onions until they turned soft.
The marinated chicken was then combined along with the onions and cooked for 10 minutes with the pan's lid closed. Once the time passed, I opened the lid and poured in the green masala paste, and gave a good mix.
In addition to that, I allowed the chicken to cook for another 10 minutes. Once cooked, added the curd and gave a quick stir. And then I roasted the chicken by stirring it on and off which helps the dish to avoid burning at the bottom.
Finally, I have added some cumin seeds, curry leaves and gave a nice stir. And yeah, the dish is ready by now and I served this spicy delicious Andhra green chilli chicken with Kerala ghee rice and raita.
Andhra green chicken is a tempting restaurant-style dish that has a lot of variations. Following are some of the varieties one could find in restaurants, and local households. It is also simple to make at home even by beginners.
1. Andhra chilli chicken fry
The procedure given in the recipe card below is for the fry/dry version of Andhra Green Chilli chicken. This dry/fry version is a kind of roast-like dish that is similar to Chicken Ghee Roast. However, the green chilli chicken dry recipe does not require a bunch of ingredients and it keeps the list pretty simple. Let's talk about the detailed step-by-step instructions for this recipe once we are done with few other variations of Andhra chilli chicken.
2. Chilli chicken gravy
In restaurants especially in Bangalore, the green chilli chicken is mostly served as a dry or deep-fried version. However, we can make this dish in gravy/curry version too. To make it like gravy, all we need to do is, switch off the heat once the gravy starts to thicken, and the rest of the procedure remains the same as mentioned in the recipe card below. This gravy/curry goes great with the dishes like chapati, white rice, Idli, and dosa.
3. Chilli chicken deep fry
The deep-fried version is similar to the Chicken 65 recipe that we usually enjoy in the south Indian restaurants, and the only difference is, a change in the marination process. Green masala paste is the marinade used here in this recipe similar to the one mentioned in the recipe card below.
The fried green chicken is usually seasoned with a lot of green chilies and soy sauce in restaurants. This form of chicken is a delicious snack to munch and it can be a great crowd-pleasing starter for parties.
Apart from the above-mentioned variations of green chilli chicken, there is another similar version popular in Hyderabad is Hariyali Chicken. Almonds and mint leaves are few additional ingredients that are used for this recipe. And it looks similar to the gravy version of the spicy Andhra green chilli chicken outlined above.
For this dry version, I have added the green masala paste while cooking the chicken. But you can also use it well ahead to marinate the chicken itself, even though you may not see a huge change in the flavor and taste of the dish.
Though the restaurant-style green chili chicken requires soy sauce, I skipped it totally to enjoy the traditional Indian flavor and taste. But you could try if you would like to have a slight Indo-Chinese flavor to the dish.
Lastly and most importantly this recipe is unique because of the number of green chilies being used. If you are someone who doesn't like to have a lot of spice but still you would like to taste the dish, feel free to reduce the quantity of the green chili. And of course, we will end up doing it if have kids at home.
This Bangalore restaurant-style Andhra green chili chicken is a perfect side dish for any occasion. And I believe you will try and relish this dish with your family and loved ones.
Serve this green chilli/chili chicken with Biryani or rice recipes such as white rice, and basmati rice. And it can be a completely lighter meal with white rice, Sambar, and Tomato Rasam.
You could also find similar recipes below and more at Chicken Recipes.
- Chinese Chilli Chicken
- Chilli Paneer
- Chicken Chukka
- Chicken Chinthamani
- Pepper Chicken
- Chicken Chettinad
- Andhra Chicken Fry
Looking for different chicken recipes to cook for your next meal or a party? Then you could also check this collection of Indian Chicken Dry and Semi Gravy Recipes to enjoy with your family and loved ones.
Andhra chilli chicken recipe video
I have also shared a detailed video of this Andhra chilli chicken recipe that I hope will help you to make a delicious restaurant-style dish at home. For quick reference, you could also find this recipe in Story format.
Andhra Chilli Chicken
- 2.25 lb Chicken
- 16 Green Chilli
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder
- Salt, as needed
- 5 Garlic Cloves
- ½ inch Ginger
- ½ cup Coriander Leaves
- ¼ cup Water
- ¼ cup Oil
- 4 Cinnamon Stick
- 3 Cloves
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 2 Onion, chopped
- ¼ cup Curd
- 1 sprig Curry Leaves
To Marinate Chicken
- Take cleaned and bite-size bone-in chicken pieces in a bowl and add turmeric powder, chili powder, salt, and mix well. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 15 minutes
To Prepare Green Chilli Paste
- In a blender add garlic, ginger, 10 green chili, coriander leaves, and water
- Grind it into a smooth paste and reserve for later use
To Prepare Andhra Green Chilli Chicken
- In a pan with medium heat, pour oil and add cinnamon stick, cloves, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, green chili, and saute until it turns aromatic
- Now add the onions and saute until it turns soft
- Add the marinated chicken and give a nice mix
- Close the pan with the lid and allow the chicken to cook for 10 minutes
- Now open the lid and give a quick mix and add the green chili paste and mix until it gets incorporated
- Allow the chicken to cook until it leaves oil from its sides and make sure to stir on and off
- Now add in the curd and mix well
- Roast the chicken for another 5 to 7 minutes. This helps the chicken to absorb all the flavors from the curd and green chilli paste
- Finally, add cumin seeds, curry leaves and give a good mix
- Now the Andhra Green Chilli Chicken is ready for you to taste and enjoy
- Serve this delicious Andhra Green Chilli Chicken with ghee rice, jeera rice, or just with plain white rice
- Green chilli paste is the main ingredient used in this recipe which gives a unique flavor and taste to the dish. And even though I have used more green chilies for this recipe, you could always feel free to decrease the count as per your family needs
- Roasting the chicken for longer time gives a nice masala coated green chilli chicken dry and I recommend to achieve the same
Frequently asked questions
Andhra Green Chilli Chicken is a delicious south Indian starter or side dish served in most of the nonveg restaurants in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is prepared with freshly ground green chili masala, Indian spices, curd, and herbs that deliver an irresistible flavor and taste to the dish.
Yes, you could prepare this green chilli chicken less or more spicy by adjusting the quantity of the green chilies being used in this recipe.
To make green chilli chicken gravy just switch off the heat once the gravy starts to thicken and the rest of the instructions remains the same as mentioned in the recipe card above.
I really hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.
If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
How can we make this with Paneer Or Mushroom? Hope to get a reply.
Since the Paneer or Mushroom would be cooked quicker than the chicken, you may do the following.
Before the step where chicken is added, add green chilli paste and saute until it leaves raw aroma and then add curd and mix it well. Now, you could add the marinated mushroom or Paneer, saute and cook until it leaves oil from its sides. Finally add cumin seeds, curry leaves and give it a good mix. This should be sufficient to get the veg version of this recipe. But note that I haven't tried it personally but this should be good enough. Hope this helps. And would love to hear your feedback when you give it a try. Thanks.