Creamy and Delicious Kerala-Style Chicken Stew Recipe
Chicken Stew Recipe
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About the chicken stew recipe

Cooked in a classic Kerala style Chicken stew recipe is loaded with flavours. Coconut milk is used to make this hearty meal. The curry boasts potent flavours from the combined use of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. It also has a different texture when the vegetables and chicken are added.

Carrots, green peas, potatoes, coconut milk, and chicken stew with vegetables are the main ingredients in this quick recipe. It is easy to make and insanely delicious.

There are plenty of vegetables, meat, and the goodness of fresh coconut milk in this recipe, making it healthful and nourishing. This dish includes many variants like mutton stew and vegetable stew. The tempering given to the stew makes the dish aromatic and flavourful.

Ingredients of a chicken stew

Chicken– For this dish, we recommend using bone-in chicken. Stew tastes better when the chicken is cooked with the bone in.

Onions – both ordinary onions and shallots are used in this dish.

Ginger, garlic and green chillies– The fried onions, finely minced ginger and garlic are used in the chicken stew recipe.

Spices – Before adding the onions, the addition of a few whole spices such as cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and cloves gives aroma and flavour to the dish. A flavorful stew results from frying the spices for only a few seconds to release their flavour.

Vegetables – For a chicken stew, any kind of vegetable could be added. Despite this, the amount and variety of the vegetables are up to you; feel free to add extra if you prefer.

Oil – coconut oil is used in the dish. Kerala is known for using coconuts, therefore this dish accurately captures their cooking style. Overall, using coconut oil while frying enhances the flavour of the coconut more and provides a pleasant scent.

Coconut milk – both thick and thin coconut milk is used in making chicken stew recipes. Coconut milk can also be substituted with coconut powder.

Origin of a chicken stew recipe 

One of the most well-liked dishes in Keralan cuisine is stew. The dish is known as “ishtoo” in North Malabar and was introduced to Kerala by Syrian Christians. This wonderful dish can be cooked with vegetables, mutton, chicken, or a combination of the three. Breakfast dishes like appam and idiyappam pair remarkably well with creamy, aromatic stew.

The stew, a delicious blend of meat and vegetables, has its roots in Japan from the fourth century. The dish is made even more delectable by the moderate sweetness of the coconut milk and the exquisite flavour and perfume of the spices. All hotels that serve genuine Kerala cuisine have this dish as a staple on their menus because it is beloved by Keralites around the globe.

Ingredients for the chicken stew recipe

  • Chicken – 500 g
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
  • Cardamom – 4
  • Cloves – 2
  • Finely chopped onion – 2
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 inch
  • Finely chopped garlic – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – ½ tbsp
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 5 
  • Roughly chopped carrot – 1
  • Diced potato – 1
  • Green peas – 1 cup
  • Thin coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Thick Coconut milk –  ¾ cup
  • Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Stew powder – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt 

For tempering

  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Sliced shallots – 2 

Method to prepare chicken stew recipe

  1. Wash and drain 500g of chicken pieces and set aside.
  2. Heat a thick-bottomed pan, as it heats add 2 tbsp oil, as the oil heats add 1-inch cinnamon stick, 4 cardamoms, and 2 cloves and fry well.
  3. Add 1 -inch of chopped ginger, and 1 tbsp of finely chopped garlic, and fry well.
  4. Add 2 finely chopped onions, and 5 finely chopped green chillies and fry well.
  5. Add 1 diced potato, 1 roughly chopped carrot, 1 cup green peas, and ½ tbsp lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Add ½ tsp salt and mix well.
  7. Add 500g cleaned chicken pieces and mix well.
  8. Add 1 cup of thin coconut milk and mix well.
  9. Cover and cook the chicken for 10 to 12 minutes on medium flame.
  10. Add 1 tsp pepper powder, 2 tsp stew powder, and 1 sprig curry leaves and mix well.
  11. Cover and cook until the chicken is done on low to medium flame.
  12. Add salt if required.
  13. Once the chicken is done add ¾ cup thick coconut milk and mix well.
  14. Cook on low heat for five minutes with the lid on.


For tempering

  1. Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a tempering pan, as it heats add 2 sliced shallots, and 1 sprig of curry leaves and fry well.
  2. Pour the tempering into the stew and mix well.
  3. The tasty and delicious chicken stew recipe is ready to serve with appam or steamed rice. 

Tips and tricks to prepare a chicken stew recipe

  • Use chicken pieces with bones in the recipe.
  • You can also add cashew paste to the curry to make the dish thick and creamy.
  • Coconut milk can be substituted with coconut powder. Dissolve coconut powder in warm water and then add to the curry.
  • Homemade fresh coconut milk gives authentic flavours to the dish.
  • Mash some of the potatoes in the curry while cooking to give thickness to the chicken stew recipe.
  • Coconut oil can be substituted with any other vegetable oil.
  • After adding thick coconut milk at the end, do not overcook, the stew will lose its flavour.
  • Add vegetables like mushrooms. French beans etc of your choice to make the stew delicious and nutritious. 

FAQ

Which oil is best for the preparation of a chicken stew recipe?

Coconut oil gives you authentic flavours to the dish, you can use any vegetable oil. 

How to make the chicken stew curry thick?

The addition of coconut milk will make the dish thick, you can add cashew paste to the dish to make it thicker.

Can you use coconut powder in the chicken stew recipe?

Coconut powder can be substituted with coconut milk in the chicken stew recipe.

Is chicken stew spicy?

The chicken stew recipe is mildly spicy with a sweet note. 

Chicken Stew Recipe

Creamy and Delicious Kerala-Style Chicken Stew Recipe

Chicken stew recipe is a simple and delectable Kerala-style dish prepared using Chicken, vegetables, spices, and coconut milk.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 118 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 gram Chicken
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 no. Cardamom
  • 2 no. Cloves
  • 2 no. Finely chopped onion
  • 1 inch Finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped garlic
  • ½ tbsp Lemon juice
  • no. Finely chopped green chillies
  • 1 no. Roughly chopped carrot
  • 1 no. Diced potato
  • 1 cup Green peas
  • 1 cup Thin coconut milk
  •  ¾ cup Thick Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 2 tsp Stew powder
  • 1 spring Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Salt

For tempering

  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 spring Curry leaves
  • 2 no. Sliced shallots

Notes

Method to prepare chicken stew recipe

  1. Wash and drain 500g of chicken pieces and set aside.
  2. Heat a thick-bottomed pan, as it heats add 2 tbsp oil, as the oil heats add 1-inch cinnamon stick, 4 cardamoms, and 2 cloves and fry well.
  3. Add 1 -inch of chopped ginger, and 1 tbsp of finely chopped garlic, and fry well.
  4. Add 2 finely chopped onions, and 5 finely chopped green chillies and fry well.
  5. Add 1 diced potato, 1 roughly chopped carrot, 1 cup green peas, and ½ tbsp lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Add ½ tsp salt and mix well.
  7. Add 500g cleaned chicken pieces and mix well.
  8. Add 1 cup of thin coconut milk and mix well.
  9. Cover and cook the chicken for 10 to 12 minutes on medium flame.
  10. Add 1 tsp pepper powder, 2 tsp stew powder, and 1 sprig curry leaves and mix well.
  11. Cover and cook until the chicken is done on low to medium flame.
  12. Add salt if required.
  13. Once the chicken is done add ¾ cup thick coconut milk and mix well.
  14. Cook for 5 min on low flame.

For tempering

  1. Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a tempering pan, as it heats add 2 sliced shallots, and 1 sprig of curry leaves and fry well.
  2. Pour the tempering into the stew and mix well.
  3. The tasty and delicious chicken stew recipe is ready to serve with appam or steamed rice. 
 
 
 
Keyword Chicken stew recipe, Kerala style chicken stew recipe
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