Xacuti Chicken

Xacuti(pronounced “Sha-kuti”) is a classic goan chicken dish. Xacuti Chicken is a rich chicken curry loaded with coconut and fiery green & red chilies.


The whole spices and the chillies makes it so delicious. Since I tasted this chicken recipe in Goa, always wanted to try it. Well I served this with roti but realized later that it will go deliciously well with pav/ dinner rolls.

Recipe source Xantilicious

Directions to Make Xacuti Chicken-


For the green Masala-

1/4 cup coriander leaves

10 Garlic Cloves(roughly chopped)

2 green chilli’s(roughly chopped)

1 inch ginger piece

1 tsp salt

For Xacuti Masala-

1 & 1/2 Onion sliced

1/2 cup freshly grated coconut

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

10 cloves

2 inch cinnamon stick

2 green cardamom

1 tsp black peppercorns

1/2 tsp white poppy seeds

1/4 start anise

1/2 mace

1/4 tsp aniseed

1 tsp coriander seeds

A pinch of nutmeg

5 dry Kashmiri red chillies

You will also need-

1/2 kg chicken(smaller pieces)

1 onion sliced

2 green chillies

5 garlic cloves

10 fresh curry leaves

4 tbsp coriander leaves

Oil as required


Grind the green masala and marinade the chicken for 15 mins.

In a pan add 2 tbsp and roast onions and coconut. Fry until brown.(Use onions and coconut under ingredients for xacuti masala)

Dry roast the remaining ingredients under xacuti masala except turmeric. Cool completely.

Grind into a fine paste both onions, coconut and the dry roasted masala.

In a new pan add around 3 tbsp of oil and fry onions along with slit green chilli and curry leaves until the onions are soft.

Add the marinated chicken and cook covered for 10 mins.

Now add xacuti masala paste and cook for another 2 mins.

Then add about 1 & 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked.

Add coriander leaves for garnish.

Serve hot. Enjoy!!

Other chicken recipes to try⬇⬇

Simple chicken curry

Chicken Fry

Chicken Changezi

Methi Malai Murgh

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  1. I had been trying to get a good xacuti recipe to try a vegetarian version. Saving recipe to try a veg recipe with this base.

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