The 8 South Indian Chicken Snacks To Enjoy During Winter
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For non-vegetarians, indulging in chicken often finds a place in the everyday palate. Besides, with the winter season here, our appetite demands something to snack on with tea. Nothing can be better than chicken dishes. Be it fried or grilled, chicken snacks are relished all over the country.  

But South Indian chicken snacks are quite underrated. Whenever we hear about South Indian cuisine, things that come to mind are dosa, idli or medu vada. There are multiple snack dishes based on chicken that hardly come to the surface. Besides being tasty, chicken provides immense nutrition to our bodies. Chicken is an excellent source of protein and is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Moreover, if you’re planning to lose weight, easily indulge in chicken as it has lean protein.   

If you’re wondering what to eat in the evening with tea, we are here to present five South Indian chicken snacks having diverse ingredients and unique methods of cooking. The only common thread is the generous use of the fiery chillies that are sure to tantelise your taste buds.  

Take a look at them:  

  • South Indian Fried Chicken  

This crispy, fried chicken is sure to win your heart if you try indulging with a cup of garam masala chai. The chicken pieces are marinated with aromatic spices such as curry leaves, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. The dish is infused with mustard seeds and lentils. The dish is served with tangy chutney.  

  • Kozhi Porichathu  

If you’re the one craving KFC-styled chicken, then Kozhi Porichathu, hailing from Kerela, is the best alternative for you. The secret lies in the marination process where chicken wings are dipped in a blend of aromatic spices such as coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, and ginger-garlic paste. These marinated chicken pieces are then deep-fried in coconut oil.  

  • Chicken 65  

This is a chicken snack offering from Tamil Nadu. Made with bite-sized pieces, chicken 65 is known for its spicy and tangy flavour profile. The dish often incorporates curry leaves, yogurt, and lemon juice, enhancing its complexity and depth of flavor. These delights taste delicious when served piping hot.  

  • Chicken Sukka  

It is a Mangalorean dish and demi-dry in nature. It is cooked using fresh chicken, some spices, and grated coconut lending a flavourful punch. It is slow-cooked to achieve tenderised chicken and intense flavour. It can be enjoyed as an evening snack or can be paired alongside roti.  

  • Andhra Pepper Chicken  

As the name suggests, this dish originated in Andhra Pradesh. The preparation begins by marinating the chicken pieces with coriander powder, zesty lemon juice, and the fiery kick of black pepper. Coked over high flame, the fragrant of curry leaves gives a memorable flair to the dish. 

  • Chicken Ghee Roast 

Hailing from Karnataka, this dish is one of the most popular chicken snacks that has made its way throughout the country. The chicken pieces are marinated in flavourful spices and slow cooked to perfection. What sets the dish apart is the use of a generous amount of ghee. 

  • Chicken Pallipayam 

This dish originated in Pallipayam, a humble town in Tamil Nadu. It is a stir-fry chicken recipe made with red chillies, coriander seeds, sliced coconut, crushed garlic, crushed shallots and salt. The inclusion of aromatic spices elevates the overall taste. 

  • Gongura Chicken

This is a traditional dish from Andhra which has a perfect balance of spiciness and sour flavour. The key ingredient in the dish is the use of sorrel leaves. The gongura leaves are then sautéed with onions, green chilies, and other spices, creating a rich and aromatic base for the chicken. You can enjoy this as your evening snack.