Chicken Kali Mirch or Murgh Kali Mirch is a delicious and spicy entree that can be served with any Indian flat breads like naan, roti, chapati or even with steamed rice. Give this dish a try and I am sure it will be a frequent item in your kitchen and also a go to dish for your dinner parties.
Chicken Kali Mirch or Murgh Kali Mirch / Black Pepper Chicken

Kali mirch means ‘black pepper’ and murg / murgh means ‘chicken’. This dish is a true treat for all spicy food lovers. The only spiciness in this dish comes from black pepper, and is believed to provide a lot of health benefits when consumed in moderate quantity. I first had this dish at an Indian restaurant in Chicago. It was truly irresistible. As Chicago is far from my place and I cannot go that restaurant frequently :-) I tried making this dish at home and the outcome was a super hit and felt its worth sharing.

The recipe below is my take on the dish, but I am sure there are other interesting variations as well. The chicken is marinated and then cooked in the aromatic and spicy gravy. While this dish can be served with steamed rice, I have served it with soft tava naan and will soon post the recipe for the same.

Vegetarians can substitute chicken with paneer or potato and non-vegetarians can also use any of your other favorite meat.
Chicken Kali Mirch or Murgh Kali Mirch / Black Pepper Chicken Preparation time : 40 minutes + marination time
Serves : 4

Ingredients for Chicken Kali Mirch

Black Peppercorns – 2 tbsp
Vegetable oil –  2 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Cloves – 2
Cardamom seeds – 5
Bay leaf – 1
Onion sliced – 1
Garlic cloves chopped – 5
Ginger grated – 1 inch
Coriander leaves – 6 strands
Green chilies – for garnish (optional)
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt – to taste

For the marination:
Chicken thighs – 750 g
Yogurt – 4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Ginger grated – 1/2 inch
Garlic cloves finely chopped – 4
Coriander leaves / Cilantro finely chopped- 4
Tandoori masala – 1 tsp
Dried mint leaves – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp

Steps to prepare Chicken Kali Mirch

Step I

  • Cut the chicken thighs to desired size. Add all the ingredients listed under marination, mix well and marinate for atleast 1 hour, preferably overnight. I have kept it overnight.

Step II

  • In a pan on medium heat dry roast black pepper corns for about 2-3 mins.
  • Next add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and continue roasting the black pepper corns until they start to sizzle in oil.
  • Add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom seeds, bay leaf and continue to saute until aromatic.
  • Add sliced onions along with a pinch of salt and saute until onions turn light golden in color.
  • Add chopped ginger and garlic and continue to saute the onions till they are dark golden in color.
  • Blend the sauteed ingredients along with coriander leaves and half cup of water into a smooth paste.

Step III

  • Meanwhile, in the same pan add remaining 1 tbsp of oil, marinated chicken thighs and roast it for about 5 mins on medium-high heat until the meat sears on all sides. Rotate the meat about half way through.
  • Add the blended paste to the pan along with some additional water for desired consistency. Once the gravy comes to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cook covered for about 12-15 mins.
  • Add salt to taste. Garnish with finely sliced green chillies and coriander leaves.
  • Chicken Kali Mirch is now ready. Serve hot and enjoy.

Chicken Kali Mirch or Murgh Kali Mirch / Black Pepper Chicken

38 Responses

  1. I love the black pepper here, and that sauce looks so flavorful!

  2. Hi Kushi, love the way your gravy sauce looks here, such a great dish. My husband would love this! Pinned!

  3. Yum! One of my favorite curries! Flavorful!

  4. gravy looks super tempting …can feel the taste with any Indian breads with salad

  5. I love how much pepper is in this dish, Kushi! I’m a huge fan of fresh pepper, and I could totally see this one showing up in our kitchen soon. Adding it to the list…the ever-growing list. :-)

  6. I am certain mutton or lamb will be great in the extremely tempting curry.

  7. Your black pepper chicken looks terrific, Kushi! Looks tempting and delicious!!

  8. Addition of black pepper can make anything delicious. This chicken kali mirch looks pretty awesome and sounds incredibly delish, Kushi.

  9. Mouth-watering! My husband would love this recipe so much. Big fan of kali mirch :)

  10. Oh gosh – this just looks so, so good! I love cooking and eating chicken thighs…and that sauce. I need lots of rice/naan to go with it!

  11. Pepper chicken is mouth watering. Iam pinning this for weekend dinner

  12. What a delicious, aromatic curry!

  13. Love spicy! I’ve had this dish in restaurants (or something very similar), but have not made it myself. Thanks for the recipe! Your version looks wonderful. :-)

  14. I love Indian food! Would definitely love to try this.

  15. I really can’t wait to make that. It looks soooooo good.

  16. Yum…this looks like such a delicious bowl of curry. I could eat that whole bowl with a big side of rice :)

  17. This sounds delicious, you’ve made me so hungry!

  18. OH WOW! Talk about insane amounts of flavorrrrrr!

  19. Green cardamom or black cardamom?

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