Garlic and Pepper Chicken

When it rains back to back, giving you that terrible cold and the medicine just wrecks your taste buds to the core, you need something with a smack! I always go for spicy, warm and comforting meals. Sometimes soup and sometimes, a hearty chicken stew. This garlic and pepper chicken came to our rescue with the warmth and spice, helped us to boost our palate and bring our tastes buds back on track.

Garlic and Pepper Chicken | Playful Cooking

Garlic and Pepper Chicken | Playful Cooking

The most crowded section in my kitchen must be the spice counter. I can’t seem to stop buying or making my own spices. I had to clear some of those, especially the different kind of peppers that I have been hoarding for a while now. I have always liked pepper chicken, the spice hits right at your throat. Although technically, pepper chicken is prepared with regular black peppers but this time, I mixed three different kinds of peppers. And a lot of garlic gave the dish that flavor intensity I wanted. The curry leaves went right at the end, fried and crushed. It gave that robust flavor and worked as a great garnish too.

Garlic and Pepper Chicken | Playful Cooking

Garlic and Pepper Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Author: Kankana Saxena


  • 500 gram chicken
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pepper
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • handful of fresh curry leaves
  • salt
  • oil


  • In a blender, drop the garlic cloves, pepper and red chili. Give it a mix and marinate the chicken pieces with the mixture along with yogurt, salt and turmeric. Allow it rest for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • In a pan, heat oil and drop the cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon stick. Once it starts sizzling, add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Drop the marinated chicken, give it a mix and let it cook in medium heat for about 20 minutes. Keep turning the chicken to ensure that it’s cooked of both sides.
  • Once the chicken is cooked though, you could add more water to make gravy or leave it semi-dry.
  • In another pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and drop the curry leaves. It will splatter and crisp up. Crush some of the leaves and add to the chicken and leave few leaves whole to scatter on top as garnish.
  • Serve warm.


Serving: 1Serves 2

Garlic and Pepper Chicken | Playful Cooking

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  • Cygnet Kitchen
    Cygnet Kitchen
    December 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I love quick dishes like these, all you have to do is remember to marinate the chicken the night before and its the perfect midweek meal! I’m going to give this a try this week. x

  • Rakhee@boxofspice
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    December 8, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    What a gorgeous looking chicken dish! Now I am vegetarian and sometimes I’ll try chicken but only when it is made at home. Now this I would love to try! Looks fantastic! And that spice counter being crowded? I can’t even see my counter anymore!!!

  • angiesrecipes
    December 7, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    Very flavourful and moreish! My kind of chicken recipe!

  • Pang {circahappy}
    Pang {circahappy}
    December 6, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    This is my kind of food, Kankana. It looks oh-so-delicious and I am so glad you are sharing with us. Love Love Love

    P.S. So sorry you are sick 🙁

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 6, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Mouthwatering chicken, this is comfort food!

  • Rosa
    December 6, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Three of my favorite things! This dish must be very enjoyable.