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 reviews

David - Dec 09, 2019

Possibly the best dish ever from Simply Cook

Sally - Dec 07, 2019

Really nice would get again

Andrea - Dec 03, 2019

I used chicken breast and it was really tasty. Really liked the raisens in the rice too.

Sharon - Nov 27, 2019

Really easy, in fact my nine year old did most of it. Tasty. Not too spicy.

Dean - Nov 20, 2019

This one is unbelievably good, beautiful flavours! Definitely going to have this one again!

Nigel - Nov 20, 2019

Some very strange taste in this.....not for us.....

Chris - Nov 12, 2019

Nice flavours, easy enough to cook, quite spicy - good, but not amazing. Will have again but won’t rush to reorder.

Elizabeth - Nov 07, 2019

Very tasty. I used mushrooms and garlic as a side dish which was lovely

Julie - Nov 05, 2019


Emma - Nov 05, 2019

Lovely! And loved the raisins in the rice.

Fiona - Nov 03, 2019

Really Tasty

Pam - Nov 02, 2019

One of the best recipes I have tried

Pam - Nov 02, 2019

One of the best recipes I have tried

Sam - Nov 01, 2019


Julie - Nov 01, 2019

Very tasty! A new favourite

Jessica - Oct 29, 2019

Chicken didn’t have much taste and needed the yoghurt sauce

Trudi - Oct 28, 2019

Yummy will have this again.

Jack - Oct 28, 2019

Soo good

Sarah - Oct 27, 2019

Didn’t like this one ????

Helen - Oct 26, 2019

One of our faves

Katy - Oct 25, 2019

Too many flavours. It just clashed

Nina - Oct 25, 2019

This had been one of our favourite dishes. Really tasty. Will definitely do again! ????

Maureen - Oct 21, 2019

Easy and delicious but a bit too hot for me will have to adjust next time.

Susan - Oct 21, 2019

Second time I have cooked this’s it was absolutely delicious ????

Sara - Oct 20, 2019

I really enjoyed it. However, I did cut the pepper paste that seasons the chicken in half knowing that it would have been way too spicy for me otherwise.

Pia - Oct 20, 2019

Super easy and tasty

Malgorzata - Oct 19, 2019

Do far so good. All meals are very good.

Maria - Oct 18, 2019


Ashley - Oct 17, 2019


Ruth - Oct 17, 2019

Awesome. Would have been happy even with just the rice

Maria - Oct 16, 2019


Louise - Oct 16, 2019

Just average. Chicken coating is nice. Rice is ordinary, not particularly tasty. It needs the spinach.

James - Oct 13, 2019

Made it with chicken breasts to feed a family of 4.

William - Oct 13, 2019

My son loved it with sea bass instead of chicken

karen claire - Oct 12, 2019

Our fave so far

Joanne - Oct 12, 2019

The rice and chicken were delicious - left out the spinach as we don’t like it!

Julie - Oct 09, 2019

Very nice, would have again

Kristina - Oct 08, 2019

Love it

Aileen - Oct 07, 2019


Elizabeth - Oct 06, 2019

Really enjoyed, lovely flavours.

Victoria - Oct 03, 2019

Loved everything about this! Nice amount of spice, rice had lots of flavour and the sauce was amazing!

Martin - Sep 28, 2019

Delicious. Especially the rice.

Marie - Sep 28, 2019

Nice easy recipe, very tasty

kate - Sep 27, 2019

I feel this meal needs bulking out with more side veg due to the flavours being strong in the rice, chicken and yogurt dip.

Donna - Sep 27, 2019

Loved the chicken and the yoghurt sauce, not so keen on the rice

Maria - Sep 25, 2019


Chris - Sep 22, 2019

Nice simple dish.

Kerri - Sep 21, 2019

Really enjoyed the flavour on the chicken, kept it really moist, and the accompanying yoghurt. I’m not sure the flavour added anything to the rice but I used a pre cooked 2 min microwave rice so that may be why.

Mandy - Sep 18, 2019

Chicken was a little too spicy

Lisa - Sep 18, 2019

Alright had better dishes


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