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 for 2 servings:

  • 4 chicken thighs (skinless)
  • 100g Basmati rice
  • 1 small red onion
  • 150g Greek yoghurt
  • Handful of raisins (40g)
  • cashews (optional)
  • 100g spinach leaves (optional)
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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!

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

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Tamil Black Pepper Chicken Top Reviews

Louise - 3rd July 2020

Lovely, simple dish but full of flavour!

Louise - 3rd July 2020

Lovely, simple dish but full of flavour!

Carol - 3rd July 2020

Second meal I have done.. I could have been in a restaurant. Really tasty dish. Well done .

Carol - 3rd July 2020

Second meal I have done.. I could have been in a restaurant. Really tasty dish. Well done .

Nicola - 1st July 2020

Rice was to over powering in taste, chicken not enough taste .

Alex - 1st July 2020

Really easy to cook and was enjoyed by us all. Like the flavours in this one

Alex - 1st July 2020

Really easy to cook and was enjoyed by us all. Like the flavours in this one

Mireya - 1st July 2020

Extremely well balanced flavors.

Mireya - 1st July 2020

Extremely well balanced flavors.

Chris - 1st July 2020

Best meal I’ve had yet. So tasty and easy to cook. I prefer chicken breast to thigh so used that instead

Chris - 1st July 2020

Best meal I’ve had yet. So tasty and easy to cook. I prefer chicken breast to thigh so used that instead

Jane - 30th June 2020

Another amazing meal. Chicken delicious. Rice delicious & yoghurt sauce delicious. Certainly adding to my favourites.

Jade - 30th June 2020

I've had 23 simply cook meals now, and this is that 1st one my personal taste hasn't enjoyed. I imagined black peper chicken.

sophie - 28th June 2020

A bit bland & plain

Julie - 28th June 2020

Enjoyed this athought you do have To be a lover of black pepper. The rice was delicious especially with the raisins

Sarah Jane - 28th June 2020

I made it with prawns and courgettes - delicious. I used raw prawns

Sarah Jane - 28th June 2020

I made it with prawns and courgettes - delicious. I used raw prawns

Katalin - 28th June 2020

Will definitely order it again! And again..

Katalin - 28th June 2020

Will definitely order it again! And again..

Kristina - 8th October 2019

I didn’t use raisin instead I used dried apricot and it was delicious and I added mushrooms to rice mmmmmm

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