Chicken Kerala Main Dish

Kerala Chicken Roast Recipe | One Pot Chicken Dish With Onions & Tomatoes

Aromatic chicken roast with caramelized onions, Kerala style…

One of the dishes I make quite often with chicken is this chicken roast. This is the easiest version & is my way. Marinated chicken is combined with onions & tomatoes, cooked covered in a saucepan. While cooking, onions & tomatoes are not sauteed first, everything is cooked together till the chicken has cooked well. After that, stir-fried over high heat till the onion has turned brown & golden brown spots are formed on the chicken. This is a dry roast without any gravy.

Absolutely delicious chicken roast, can be enjoyed with chapati, appam, pathiri, palaada, idiyappam, etc.

Kerala Chicken Roast | One Pot Dish With Onions & Tomatoes
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
For marinating chicken
  • Chicken, bone-in pieces- 10
  • Kashmiri chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Regular hot chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
For cooking
  • Onions, sliced thin- 3
  • Tomato, chopped- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Marinated chicken
  • Water- ¼ cup while cooking
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • White vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  1. For making this, bone-in chicken pieces have to be used.
  2. To a bowl, add the chicken along with all the ingredients mentioned for marinating chicken.
  3. Combine well & let marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. To a large saucepan, add sliced onions, tomatoes, curry leaves &. marinated chicken. Combine well.
  5. Don't have to add water at this point.
  6. Place the saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Close the pan with the lid & cook covered till the onions turn soft & chicken has cooked well.
  8. Add ¼ cup water & combine well.
  9. Stir fry over high heat till the onions have turned golden brown & golden spots form on the chicken.
  10. Add 1 tbsp coconut milk, stir fry for a few minutes.
  11. Add white vinegar, stir fry for 2 minutes.
  12. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  13. Take the pan off the heat, keep it covered for some time.
  14. Enjoy this chicken roast along with chapati, poori, appam, palaada, idiyappam, etc.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...