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Bring some exotic flavors to your home with this easy to make dish. You will love this spicy, tender and sweet chicken xacuti recipe. This dish is has lots of flavors and includes turmeric, star anise, ginger, cardamom, chili powder, coriander, tamarind juice and fenugreek. This makes a really tender and delicious stewed chicken dish with a creamy and spicy sauce. This is great when served with basmati rice or naan bread. | ethnicspoon.com
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Spicy Indian Chicken Xacuti

A rich and complex chicken stew from Goa, in southwestern India. Made with coconut milk and a wide range of aromatic spices.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken with rice, coconut milk, easy chicken recipe, spicy chicken dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4 servings
Calories 387 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • cup coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp tamarind juice also called tamarind nectar
  • 1 roma tomato cored and sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper cored and diced

Spice Mixture:

Pod mixture:


Make spice mixture:

  1. In a small bowl place the spices and mix thoroughly. 

Pod Pouch:

  1. First, crush the cardamom pods. Next, cut a rectangular piece of cheesecloth about 12"x 6". Place the star anise, cinnamon stick, and the crushed pods. Fold over a couple of times, and tie on the ends with kitchen twine. 

Prepare Chicken Xacuti

  1. Cut chicken breast into 1" pieces, and place in a glass dish. Sprinkle with cornstarch, then add in the spice mixture, and toss to evenly cover. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 

  2. Next, on medium heat, heat oil in a braising pan and add chicken. Cook, for about 5 minutes, turning frequently. Next add the onion and the garlic, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  3. Pour in the water, and allow it to come to a boil, then add the tamarind juice and the coconut milk. 
  4. Toss in the tomatoes and the jalapeno pepper. Add the pod  mixture. 

  5. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

  6. Serve with naan bread and basmati rice.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Indian Chicken Xacuti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1743mg76%
Potassium 973mg28%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.