How to make Chicken Xacuti -

A popular Goan dish – chicken cooked with a medley of spices and coconut masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chicken on the bone (हड्डी समेत चिकन), Coconut milk (नारियल का दूध)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course Chicken

For more recipes related to Chicken Xacuti checkout Picnic Chicken, Sangameshwari Chicken, Barbeque Chicken, Malvani Chicken Sagoti . You can also find more Main Course Chicken recipes like Opor Ayam Chicken Cafreal Murgh Makkai Palak Chicken

Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti Recipe Card


Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chicken Xacuti Recipe

  • Chicken on the bone cut into bit sized pieces 750 grams

  • Coconut milk thick 2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 1½ teaspoons + 2 tablespoons

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Black peppercorns 3-4

  • Star anise 1

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) ½ teaspoon

  • Green cardamoms 4-5

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Ginger 1 inch

  • Onions finely chopped 3 medium

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coconut scraped 1 cup

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder ½ teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Mix chicken pieces with salt and set aside.

Step 2

To make powder masala, heat ½ teaspoon oil in a non-stick pan. Add cloves, peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, fenugreek seeds, green cardamoms, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, nutmeg powder and ginger and sauté till fragrant. Remove from heat, cool and grind into a fine powder.

Step 3

To make coconut masala, heat 1 teaspoon oil in the same non-stick pan. Add half the onions and sauté till they are brown.

Step 4

Add poppy seeds and mix well. Add coconut and sauté till coconut is light brown. Remove from heat, cool and grind into a fine paste with a little water.

Step 5

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in another non-stick pan. Add remaining onions and sauté till translucent.

Step 6

Add chicken, mix well and cook on high heat for 1 minute. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and mix well.

Step 7

Add powdered masala and mix well. Add little water, mix well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 8

Add coconut masala, mix well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 9

Add tamarind pulp, mix well, cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 10

Add coconut milk, mix and simmer for 5 minutes or till the gravy is thick.

Step 11

Serve hot.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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