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.

    Cook the chicken

    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.

    Cook the pilau rice

    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.

    Make the turmeric yoghurt sauce

    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 2382 reviews

Caroline - Aug 17, 2019

Very tasty!

Helen - Aug 17, 2019

Now at the top of our favourites, really tasty and filling

Jo - Aug 09, 2019

Really tasty, one of our favourites!

Tracey - Aug 09, 2019


Josie - Aug 05, 2019

So tasty the rice was out of this world!

Plum - Aug 03, 2019

Absolutely delicious. No raisins though for us. Someone here said mushrooms would be a good addition to the rice....great idea. I will do this again but with fish.

Lisa - Aug 01, 2019

Very tasty, yogurt marinade was full of flavour. The rice complemented the chicken beautifully.

Pamela - Jul 31, 2019

Not too spicy enjoyable

Stacey - Jul 28, 2019

Absolutely delicious, possibly my favourite yet ????

Lorraine - Jul 27, 2019

Lovely. Another one on the repeat list.

Laura - Jul 27, 2019

Great collection of textures and flavours!

Angela - Jul 25, 2019

Wasn't sure what to expect having never tried it, but of course it was delicious! So many good new recipes - making it difficult to pick the next box!!

Claire - Jul 24, 2019

We made this with Quorn chicken fillets and it was fantastic! Really good flavours and everything worked together really well. We will definitely be ordering this one again.

Ben - Jul 22, 2019

Best recipient yet! Will definitely order again

Jonathan - Jul 19, 2019

Very tasty

Shwetha - Jul 16, 2019

Absolutely delicious! Chicken was so tender, rice needed much longer to cook but tasted fantastic when done.

Katie - Jul 16, 2019

Delicious, possibly the best we’ve had so far. Delicious yogurty, peppery Chicken with tasty pilau rice. Highly recommend.

Robin - Jul 16, 2019

Amazing get two

Rosemary - Jul 11, 2019

Very nice. Had to leave the rice a lot longer and add extra water. There was a bit too much rice for two I’d say. The chicken was very tasty, as was the spiced yoghurt.

Catherine - Jul 10, 2019

Delicious marinade for chicken and the stock for the rice was also very tasty. Easy to make. I think mushrooms in the rice would make a nice addition

Caroline - Jul 08, 2019

Didn’t use raisins as I don’t like them, was still delicious. The cashews really added to it

Sean - Jul 06, 2019

This is my absolute favourite from SimplyCook!

Brian - Jul 01, 2019

Carb free version is nice. I mixed the stock pot with some Olive oil and then covered some meditteranean vegetables (courgette, mixed peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes) and served with bean sprouts. No rice. Enjoyed it.

Gill - Jun 26, 2019

It was quite nice but not delicious.

Laura - Jun 23, 2019


Katie - Jun 18, 2019

Loved this dish so tasty with a bit of kick

Rachel - Jun 15, 2019

Absolutely delicious - great mix of flavours. The raisins added sweetness to the rice stock. The chicken marinade was really tasty

Zoe - Jun 10, 2019

Very tasty, but our cashews burnt... Should possibly advise a low heat for that bit?

Rachel - Jun 10, 2019

Is this still available? It's delicious

Terri - May 28, 2019

Loved this easy recipe. Will order it again

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Heather - May 21, 2019

Really nice. I toasted some peanuts i had in the cupboard as I had no cashews but they balanced really nicely with the spinach. I don't usually like yoghurt based dips but this one was really nice, and complemented the chicken well. Chicken really tasty, rice was good, much nicer than I expected!

Brian - May 20, 2019

Enjoyed this and quite healthy too.

Karen - May 18, 2019

Another easy to cook and oh so tasty. Would recommend.

Jemma - May 17, 2019

Chicken was very tender!

Lucy - May 16, 2019

WONDERFUL mix of flavours. Don’t skip the yoghurt - it really works to cool down th spices even if you don’t usually like yoghurt in food.

Wendy - May 14, 2019


Nicola - May 12, 2019

Didn’t get it A’s substituted

Simon - May 09, 2019

Spinach side is a bit tasteless. Try a coleslaw or relish instead

Alison - May 09, 2019

Really nice

Tracey - May 08, 2019


Philip - May 08, 2019

Tasted fantastic. The chicken was tasty and so juicy, and was complemented by the rice. And was so easy to prepare and cook. Recommended

Kate - May 08, 2019

Rice very sweet and not much flavour, chicken was just ok

Angharad - May 07, 2019

One of our favourites

Caroline - May 05, 2019

Very tasty and filling. Yoghurt turmeric dip was lovely

Caroline - May 05, 2019

Very tasty and filling . Yoghurt turmeric dip was lovely

Nicola - May 04, 2019

Very tasty dish used breast tenderised instead of thigh adjusted recipe to 175gms of rice to feed 3 people

Jodie - May 02, 2019

This was okay, the rice was a bit bland and the yoghurt a bit claggy. Didn't eat it thinking oh yummm, but then didn't think eugh. Just fine.

Maureen - Apr 30, 2019

Would have again but with breast meat


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