Capsicum Chicken

Capsicum Chicken

Chicken dish with an Indo-Chinese touch! I made this awesome dish to go with butter naan, ordered from a take away. Found the recipe while flipping through my recipe files, hand written on a paper, barely legible. The recipe caught my attention and I felt an instant desire to try it right away. I had a large capsicum, called for in the recipe, which gave an unassuming sweet touch to the masala-coated chicken. Do use capsicum in this recipe, if you ever try it, as it plays a delightful role, enhancing the over all flavor. I’m glad I gave this recipe a shot. Refreshing change from the routine.


  • 1/2 kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 capsicums, cut into big pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsps tomato sauce
  • garam masala pwd (1″ dalchini, 1 elaichi and 2 cloves finely ground)
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsps oil

For marinade: (marinate chicken with below ingredients and place in refrigerator for 2-3 hrs)

  • 1 tbsp curd/yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin pwd
  • 1 1/2 tsps coriander pwd
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
  • 1/2 tsp pepper pwd
  • pinch of turmeric pwd
  • 1 1/4 tsps ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  1. Marinate chicken with curd, red chilli pwd, pepper pwd, coriander pwd, cumin pwd, turmeric pwd, lemon juice, soya sauce, salt and ginger-garlic paste for at least 2 hrs. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a cooking vessel, add the chopped onions and fry till transparent. Add the capsicum and tomatoes and saute for 3 mts. Turn off heat, remove and keep aside.
  3. In the same vessel, add the remaining oil, add the marinated chicken and cook on high heat for 4-5 mts, combining the ingredients once in a while.
  4. Reduce to medium heat, let the chicken cook for 8-10 mts, uncovered. Add one fourth cup of water and cook till chicken turns soft and there is hardly any water left.
  5. Finally add the garam masala pwd and tomato sauce. Add the sauteed onion, capsicum and tomatoes. Combine and cook on high for 3-4 mts. Turn off heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. This is a semi-dry dish with less gravy.
  6. Serve hot with white steamed rice, rotis or naan.