Chicken Xacuti
Chicken Xacuti
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Chicken Xacuti is a Goan specialty that combines tender chicken with a medley of spices, coconut, and tamarind for a taste sensation like no other. Perfect for impressing guests or adding some zing to a weeknight meal, this recipe is your ticket to culinary bliss.

Nutrition: per serving



  • 750 g Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 6, Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4, Cloves
  • 4, Green Cardamom lightly crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Mace
  • 1/2 tsp Tamarind Paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander chopped, for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dried red chillies, cloves, green cardamom pods, black peppercorns, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Cook for 1-2 minutes until aromatic.
  • Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook until they turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cinnamon powder, ground nutmeg, and ground mace. Stir well to combine with the onion mixture.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the pan and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Pour in enough water to cover the chicken, then add the tamarind paste and season with salt to taste.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve the Chicken Xacuti hot with rice or bread.

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