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Kerala Chicken Stew Recipe

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  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Kerala style Chicken Stew is a rich and creamy chicken stew. In this recipe the tender chicken is simmered in a fragrant blend of spices and coconut milk.


  • 2 pounds boned-in or boneless chicken pieces
  • 1 onion – big, thinly sliced
  • 2 potatoes – medium, cubed
  • 3 carrots –  cut in round pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 
  • 2 green Chilies – slit lengthwise (you can remove seeds if you don’t like it spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 5 black cloves
  • 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried (optional)
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder (Optional)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a wok or a deep, wide pan, heat coconut oil. add bay leaves, star anise, cloves, peppercorns, and green chilies.
  2. Sauté for a minute.
  3. Add the sliced onions, salt, minced ginger, and garlic, and sauté till the onion turns soft.
  4. Add chicken pieces, mix well, and then add carrots and potatoes and combine everything well.
  5. Add freshly ground pepper, and mix everything again.
  6. Add water cover and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  7. Now add coconut milk cover and cook again till the chicken is fully cooked.
  8. Delicious chicken stew is ready to serve.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  10. Serve hot chicken stew with dosa, rice or bread and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins