Kerala Style Chicken Stew with Video

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Kerala Style Chicken Stew is a traditional styled authentic dish that goes well with Kerala Appam. The creamy colored dish is mildly spiced and is a comfort food, mild on your tummy. Chicken bits are simmered in a richly seasoned chicken broth until tender. Though mild, the dish is full of awesome lip smacking flavors. Kerala Style Chicken Stew is also served with almost all rice dishes, like Idiyappam, dosa etc and it tastes very delicious too. Cooking Kerala Style Chicken Stew in coconut oil gives it a very distinct aromatic flavor. We have used only potatoes along with chicken, but you can also use green beans, carrots, cauliflower, and green peas. The peppery flavor is what makes Kerala Style Chicken Stew a distinct and special side dish. I love pepper and this is one of my favorite all time favorite dishes.

Adding vegetables increases the texture and thickness of the dish. Kerala Style Chicken Stew is a festive dish as well. You can’t think of Christmas without Appam and Chicken Stew. Kerala is a land of coconuts and you will find coconut based dishes very popular here. Extraction of thick and thin coconut milk requires some extra work and effort as well. The creamy flavored Kerala Style Chicken Stew will compensate all your efforts. Kids love the mildly spiced dish. With a mix of healthy carbs, lean protein and lots of veggies, a bowl of chicken stew has all the makings and finish of a well rounded meal. And a piece of note, opt for tender chickens while preparing the dish. Cooked chicken should be soft and succulent. Here is a detailed recipe of Kerala Style Chicken Stew that can be easily prepared at home. Even new comers can give a bold try at the dish. Try the never fail dish at home.


Kerala Style Chicken Stew

Kerala Style Chicken Stew

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 Servings



  • Wash the chicken pieces and cut them to small pieces.
  • Heat a pressure cooker add coconut oil, when oil is hot, add bay leaves, pepper corns, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
  • When it splutters, add ginger and garlic, sauté for few seconds.
  • Add onion, green chilies, curry leaves and salt , sauté nicely.
  • When onion turns soft and transparent add chicken and potato, mix well.
  • Add pepper powder and garam masala , sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add semi thin coconut milk and salt , mix well..
  • When stew is starts to boil, cover the pressure cooker for 2 whistle on medium flame.
  • Switch off the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • When the pressure is fully released, open the cover and heat on .
  • Chicken stew is cooked completely, using a ladle mash a few potato pieces so that the gravy becomes thicker.
  • Now add one cup of thick coconut milk and stir well.
  • When stew is about to boil , turn off the heat.
  • Lastly drizzle a tsp of coconut oil and garnish with coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  • Enjoy the chicken stew with appam, bread, idiyappam,Idli etc...😎


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