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 1247 reviews

Jodie - Jan 21, 2019

I loved this but surprisingly my husband wasn't as keen.

Nadia - Jan 21, 2019

So delicious and tasty! Highly recommend this one with the spinach and nuts - great!

Melanie - Jan 19, 2019

So tasty, so much better than a take away! Would definitely get this one again!

Rachael - Jan 18, 2019

Fab, yummy, delicious

Francesca - Jan 16, 2019

Lovely. Used broccoli rather than spinach as what I had in!

Jen - Jan 16, 2019

Loved it, lovely flavours. Easy to cook.

Peter - Jan 16, 2019

This one looks better than it tastes too dry and even the yogurt dressing whilst lovely is not enough!

Diane - Jan 16, 2019

Really tasty chicken. Very easy to do.

Jackie - Jan 14, 2019

Tasty but a bit dry

Zoe - Jan 13, 2019

It was ok but not as nice as some of the other meals.

Julie - Jan 11, 2019

Nice recipe but not one of my favourites unfortunately

Katie - Jan 10, 2019

Only used about half of the paste it was quite spicy.

Toni - Jan 09, 2019

Not one of my favourites ..not keen

Helen - Jan 08, 2019

Wow wow wow, amazing. So full of flavour

Johanna - Jan 08, 2019

Very tasty

Michelle - Jan 06, 2019


Deb - Jan 05, 2019

Such good flavour. Make extra for sandwiches or salad next day

Iain - Jan 04, 2019

Wow. Wasn't expecting it to be so good tbh. Spicy, creamy, flavourful and very very tasty. This is now one of my favourites for sure. Couldn't fault it

Ali - Jan 03, 2019

Delicious and very easy to make. I had to add a little extra water to the rice and cook it for a few more minutes. Very tasty though.

Carmen - Jan 02, 2019

Nice but I think that the Spinach needed some flavour

haidee - Jan 02, 2019

Was..... ok

Malinee - Dec 31, 2018

Delicious and full of flavours. Also very easy to make.

Sandra - Dec 31, 2018

Very nice flavours

Emma - Dec 29, 2018

Ok but not the best we’ve had from simply cook!

Deb - Dec 26, 2018


Marit - Dec 22, 2018

I added a few cubes of paneer to this, very tasty!

Jason - Dec 22, 2018

I was worried this looked a little bland from the photo but it was gorgeous!

Chloe - Dec 19, 2018

Loved the yoghurt and the black pepper flavour of this, was a hit with the kids aswell! Lovely.

Deb - Dec 16, 2018

Simple & delicious

Eve - Dec 16, 2018

Used peanut butter instead of Cashew nuts. Delicious!

Jamie - Dec 13, 2018

Big hit with everyone.

Matthew - Dec 12, 2018

Wonderful mix of amazing flavours

phillip - Dec 10, 2018

Easy to cook and very tasty

Anna - Dec 08, 2018

Tasty meal! Would cook again!

Geoff - Dec 08, 2018

One of the easiest and tastiest of recipes

Judy - Dec 07, 2018

Lovely will have again

Moira - Dec 07, 2018

This could well be my favourite dis so far!

Mahiyar - Dec 05, 2018

A real winner this, both in respect of great taste and also pretty simple to make! Suggest marinading the chicken for a few hours beforehand, and also using both the optional ingredients, ie the cashews and spinach. We upped the quanity of rice to 150g and also added some chopped cucumber to the yoghurt, which all made for a very satisfying and enjoying meal. We will definitely be getting this again.

Chloe - Dec 05, 2018

Loved this flavour for the chicken! Rice could have done with a little more taste, but the raisins were a great addition to the rice. Kids loved it and ate it all.

Rhys - Dec 04, 2018


Patricia - Dec 03, 2018


Louise - Dec 02, 2018

Lovely flavour, enjoyed by all!

Chloe - Nov 30, 2018

Testy! Chicken had a very strong taste which wasn’t my favourite sort of flavour, but still enjoyed it with the rice!

Deb - Nov 29, 2018

Really tasty

Barbara - Nov 29, 2018

Easy to cook very tasty will return to this again

Jo - Nov 28, 2018

Absolutely loved this, one of my favourites so far!

Luke - Nov 27, 2018

Good flavours nice bit of heat but missing something needs a sauce or some kind of veg.

Angela - Nov 27, 2018

Please just keep these beautiful dishes coming xx

Danny - Nov 27, 2018

Loved it

Rebecca - Nov 26, 2018

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