This dish takes inspiration from a South Indian Black Pepper Chicken curry for its marinated and roasted chicken thighs, which are paired with a heart-warming pilau rice flecked with raisins and caramelised onions. A spiced yoghurt rich in turmeric among other spices cuts through the spicy chicken and cools it down while some simply sautéed spinach adds colour and more nutrients to the plate.

Cook our delicious Tamil Black Pepper Chicken in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Tamil Black Pepper Chicken. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Black Pepper Paste pot, a Tamil Rice Stock pot and a Turmeric Yoghurt Seasoning pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Tamil Black Pepper Chicken in just 30 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Black Pepper Paste
  • Tamil Rice Stock
  • Turmeric Yoghurt Seasoning

Your shopping list:

chicken thighs (skinless)
Basmati rice
small red onion
Greek yoghurt
of raisins (40g)
spinach leaves(optional)

Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Boil a full kettle of water and heat the oven to 220C/fan 200/gas 7. Mix the Black Pepper Paste with 50g of the yoghurt in a bowl, then add the slashed chicken thighs. Mix well to coat, then cook on a baking tray in the oven for 25-30 mins, or until cooked through. While the chicken cooks, do step 2.

  • 2.

    Heat a little oil in a lidded saucepan over medium heat and fry the onion for 5-6 mins, until golden. Add the rice and the raisins and fry for 1 min. Stir in the Tamil Rice Stock, then pour in 250ml boiling water. Mix well and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 10 mins.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, mix the rest of your yoghurt with the Turmeric Yoghurt Seasoning in a bowl, and keep aside. Optional: Heat a little oil in a separate pan over medium heat and toast the cashews for 2 min. Then add the spinach and fry for 2 more mins, or until lightly wilted. Season to taste.

  • 4.

    Serve the rice and chicken with the wilted spinach and cashews, along with the spiced yoghurt sauce.


Tamil Black Pepper Chicken Reviews

BASED ON 310 reviews

Steve - Sep 21, 2018

Really nice, one of the best dishes so far from Simply Cook.

Clare-Louise - Sep 21, 2018

Loved this!

Shane - Sep 18, 2018

Really fresh, we didn't use raisins

Jo - Sep 18, 2018

Favourite meal yet

Charlie - Sep 17, 2018

One of the best Simply Cooks, this was a delight to cook and eat. Utterly delicious

Maria - Sep 17, 2018

So tasty and very easy

Phil - Sep 16, 2018

Very very nice

Gilly - Sep 16, 2018

Tried this last night and it was absolutely delicious. Have reordered for my next box

Ruth - Sep 15, 2018


Joanne - Sep 15, 2018

Really simple! We did the rice in the rice cooker - just mixed the rice stock with a little boiling water to dissolve it first. Was really tasty - will definitely order again!

Catherine - Sep 14, 2018

Lovely. One of our favourites so far. Could be a tiny bit more spicy.

Philip - Sep 14, 2018

Loads of flavour, very good!

Helen - Sep 14, 2018

Best one yet!

Jo - Sep 13, 2018

My favourite so far! Very tasty

Clare - Sep 13, 2018

Very tasty. Rice was lovely

Deb - Sep 12, 2018

Very tasty

Allison - Sep 12, 2018

Absolute favourite - so delicious!

Abi - Sep 11, 2018

Loved it! Chicken and rice both really tasty

Caroline - Sep 09, 2018

Not as spicy as I thought it would be, a nice level of heat. The cashews really work with it.

Wendy - Sep 09, 2018

Very tasty chicken ????????

wendy - Sep 09, 2018

really enjoyed the chicken and yogurt but the rice needed more time and water to cook? not sure what we did wrong there??

Lisa - Sep 08, 2018

Very tasty! Wouldn't change a thing

Keshia - Sep 08, 2018

Rice is amazing. If you're a vegi just do a bigger portion and skip the chicken. Perfecto

Rachel - Sep 08, 2018

Lovely meal, found the rice needed more water than stated on the recipe card.

Shaun - Sep 07, 2018

Absolutely loved this. The cashew add a nice texture

Gillian - Sep 07, 2018

Nice! Different from the curries we usually have but we enjoyed it. Needef the yoghurt to moisten it abit!

Rachael - Sep 06, 2018

I used chicken breasts rather than thighs and it was nice enough. It reminded me of tandoori chicken and I guess I was expecting something more from this dish. I didn’t cook the rice and had it with roasted baby potatoes and spinach. The turmeric yoghurt dressing went nicely with it. Probably wouldn’t rush to order it again but it was nice enough.

Gemma - Sep 04, 2018

Nice meal. Chicken was delicious, will definitely make it again

Claire - Sep 03, 2018

Hmmmm not sure about this one. My son found it to spicy. I won’t be ordering it again.

Ian - Sep 02, 2018

Dont know how it tasted, was replaced by simply cook

Matthew - Sep 02, 2018


Terry - Sep 02, 2018

I enjoyed it my wife found it a bit hot

Rachael - Sep 01, 2018

Loved this dish, super easy to make and was delicious!

Aisha - Aug 31, 2018

Was ok

Sharon - Aug 30, 2018


Debbie - Aug 29, 2018


Alyson - Aug 29, 2018

Ok but not my favourite

Katherine - Aug 28, 2018

Very tasty indeed

Shaun - Aug 28, 2018

Great flavours loved the yoghurt.will be a firm favourite

Karen - Aug 27, 2018

It’s ok, not one I f my favourites. Rice needs more time and water also . However, although it’s tasty it’s not something I would order again.

Rebecca - Aug 25, 2018

Was good was very mild in flavour but spice for the rice was lovely

Sam - Aug 24, 2018


Nicholas - Aug 24, 2018

Ok... would eat it again

Riccardo - Aug 20, 2018


Stephanie - Aug 20, 2018

Tasty but rather salty

Ian - Aug 20, 2018

Chicken dried out. Was ok, but wouldn't order it again. Not lots if flavour

Patch - Aug 19, 2018

Fantastically flavourful, the turmeric yoghurt cut through the heat of the chicken so well without smothering the flavour of the meal

Patch - Aug 19, 2018

Fantastically flavourful, the turmeric yoghurt cut through the heat of the chicken so well without smothering the flavour of the meal

Patch - Aug 19, 2018

Fantastically flavourful, the turmeric yoghurt cut through the heat of the chicken so well without smothering the flavour of the meal

Deborah - Aug 17, 2018

I used chicken breast fillets as no thighs! Cooked for slightly less time and they were was succulent and tasty. Marinade is amazing and yoghurt sauce was delicious. Rice sooo tasty and the spinach and cashew nuts finished it all off and brought the meal together adding that all important colour. Fab meal and will defo order this one again. Thank you SC xx


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