Kozhi Chettinad

Chicken in Garlic Pepper Sauce

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      30 min

Appears in
Instant Indian: Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot

By Rinku Bhattacharya

Published 2018

  • About

This is a signature recipe from the Chettiar community of southern India. The Instant Pot® version is a little more saucy than the traditional recipe. While the water can be cooked off, I think this version pairs beautifully with a nice steaming bowl of white rice to soak up all the sauce.


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
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  1. In a mixing bowl toss the chicken with the garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of the black pepper and set aside.
  2. Set the Instant Pot® on Sauté mode and heat the oil until the pot registers hot. Add the mustard seeds and wait until they begin to crackle. Add the dried red chilies, curry leaves, cardamom pods, star anise, cinnamon stick, and