5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Sri Lankan chicken dishes are distinguished for their tempting aroma and dazzling colour. DESIblitz brings you 5 exceptional chicken dishes from Sri Lanka.

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Sri Lankan chicken curry is traditionally cooked in clay pots.

Sri Lanka prides herself on an alluring culinary legacy, that also gives rise to unique fusion dishes with her South Asian counterparts.

Sri Lankan chicken curries vary from beloved grandmother recipes to modern culinary indulgences.

Chicken dishes are an all time favourite in many cultures and Sri Lanka is no exception.

DESIblitz brings you five juicy chicken flavours from Sri Lanka’s kitchen.

Sri Lankan Devilled Chicken

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken (preferably thigh fillets or drumsticks)
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 2 big onions (diced)
  • 1 clove Garlic (chopped finely)
  • 3 Capsicum chilies (sliced)
  • 3 Green chilies (slit)
  • Curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pod cardamom
  • 3 or 4 tbsp Tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Oil
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Marinate the chicken for 1 hour in ginger, garlic and salt paste.
  2. Deep fry the chicken pieces and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add cardamom, cinnamon, garlic clove and diced onions.
  4. Add the chicken, curry leaves, capsicum chilies and green chilies and stir well.
  5. Enhance the mixture with salt and sugar.
  6. Add tomato sauce amply and mix in.
  7. Serve hot with rice.

Tip: Devilled Chicken goes well with long-grain fried rice.

Sri Lankan Pineapple Chicken

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken (preferably boneless)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pod cardamom
  • Curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 big onion chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper sliced
  • 1 small pineapple chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry cinnamon, cardamom, chopped onion, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste.
  2. Add chicken, oyster sauce, soya sauce and salt and stir-fry on a slow fire tossing often.
  3. Add the pineapple cubes and sliced bell pepper into the mixture and sauté for a few minutes.
  4. Sprinkle sugar on top of the mixture.
  5. Cook until consistency of the gravy is fairly thick.
  6. Serve hot with Rice or bread.

Tip: You can experiment with other seasonal juicy fruits such as strawberry.

Sri Lankan Fried Chicken

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 2 big onions (cut into thin rings)
  • 3 Capsicum chilies (sliced)
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber cut into thin circles
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lettuce shredded

Method:

  1. Marinate chicken drumsticks for 1-2 hours in ginger, garlic and salt mixture.
  2. Deep fry in oil and drain the oil.
  3. Arrange a plate with lettuce, onion rings, diced capsicum, tomato and cucumber.
  4. Set the fried chicken on top of the array.
  5. Squeeze lime over chicken.
  6. Serve hot as the main dish or the side dish for rice.

Tip: You can make variations in the salad according to your taste and creativity.

Sri Lankan Chicken Tikka

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp Garlic paste

For Tikka Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Butter/Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cardamom pod
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 clove finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 1 cup of curd/yoghurt
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Marinate chicken chunks for 1-2 hours in ginger, garlic and salt mixture.
  2. Deep fry in oil and keep aside.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a pan and add the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
  4. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and salt. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently. Cook until the onions
  5. are golden brown.
  6. Add the coriander, cumin, pepper, and tomato paste. Cook until the mixture start to leave the sides of the
  7. pan.
  8. Add the fried chicken into the gravy.
  9. Just before serving stir in the curd.
  10. Serve hot with Paratha or Flat breads.

Tip: You can add green chilies to the sauce if you really want it hotter and spicier.

Sri Lankan Hot Chicken Curry

5 Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm chicken pieces from a whole chicken
  • 1 Cardamom pod
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 large onions finely diced
  • 1 clove finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp tamarind puree (optional)
  • 1 large tomato (cut into slices)
  • 4 green chilies diced
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Cumin ground
  • 1 tbsp Coriander ground
  • 1 tsp red chilies ground
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 cup coconut milk (thick)
  • Salt
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry cinnamon, cardamom, chopped onions, clove, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste.
  2. Add diced tomato, green chili and chicken and stir well.
  3. Mix red chili powder, coriander, cumin, saffron and tamarind puree into the coconut milk.
  4. When the chicken is turning brown add the coconut milk mixture.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Let the curry boil in low flame until cooked.
  7. Serve hot with Saffron Rice or Sri Lankan Yellow rice. Recipe here.

Tip: Sri Lankan chicken curry is traditionally cooked in clay pots.

These Sri Lankan chicken dishes are a food lover’s paradise. Give them a go!

Shameela is a creative journalist, researcher and published author from Sri Lanka. holding a Masters in Journalism and a Masters in Sociology, she's reading for her MPhil. An aficionado of Arts and Literature, she loves Rumi's quote “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Images courtesy of Sam Stern and Big Oven


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