Goan Chicken Curry / Chicken Xacuti /Goa Chicken

Goan Chicken Curry/ Chicken Xacuti is a classic Goan Chicken dish, with rich, vibrant and spicy gravy. The prudently selected spice mix along with roasted coconut makes Xacuti chicken unique and alluring. “Xacuti” is derived from the Portuguese word “Chacuti”. Portuguese influence has left its stamp over Goan cuisine, and the local traditions and flavours have created the best fusion dishes possible. You will love Fish Caldine and Fish in Cabbage, with rich and flavourful gravy.

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This traditional Goan Chicken Xacuti with roasted spices and coconut has drool worthy flavours that you are sure to enjoy. In Goa, this is served with Pav Bread or rice. The long list of ingredients/ spices might intimidate you, but believe me, the preparation is not that difficult. Roasting the spices and coconut just enough, is the key to release the flavours; once you get that right, rest is cakewalk!

Xacuti can also be prepared with Prawns, Crab or vegetables as well. It is great for dinner or special occasions as it has a rich and flavourful gravy. Chicken shakuti/ Goan chicken curry is a true relish to have with Pulao, Ghee rice, Coconut rice, Jeera rice, Pav Bread, Rotis, Pita Bread and Naan. Enjoy this easy recipe for Goan style Chicken curry.

Ingredients for Goan Chicken Xacuti:


: 1 kg


: 3 nos. (medium)

Shaloots/ Small/ Pearl onions

: 4 -5 nos.

Turmeric Powder

: 1 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste

: 1 tbsp

Green Cardamom

: 3 pods.

Star anise

: 1 – 2 nos.


: 2 (1” sticks)


: 5 nos

Whole Black Pepper Corns

: 1 tsp

Coriander seeds

: 1 tbsp

Cumin/ Jeera

: ½ tsp

Fennel Seed/ Saunf

: ½ tsp


: quarter piece

Poppy seeds/ Khus Khus

: 1 tbsp

Coconut scraped

:  ¾ cup

Dried Red Chilli

: 10 nos


: 1 small lime sized ball


: 2 tbsp


: as required

Jaggery grated

: 1 tsp

Coriander leaves

: for garnishing

Step by step recipe for Goan Chicken Curry:

  1. Clean the chicken pieces (medium cut) and drain.
  2. Marinate with salt, turmeric powder and half of the ginger Garlic Paste for half an hour.

Goan Chicken Curry / Chicken Xacuti

  1. Meanwhile, heat a pan and dry roast all spices – Cardamom, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Pepper corns, coriander seeds, cumin, Fennel seeds, Poppy seeds and Nutmeg, till they release aroma.
  2. Keep aside. In a non-stick pan, dry roast Coconut, Dried Red chilies and shallots till slightly brown. Make sure you remove from the pan when it is slightly brown, so as not to over brown.

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  1. Heat a wide Kadai and pour oil. When the oil is hot, add finely chopped Onions and sauté for some time.
  2. When it starts to turn opaque, add remaining Ginger Garlic paste and fry for some more time.
  3. Next, add the marinated chicken and mix well. Keep stirring/ turning for few minutes till the pink colour changes.

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  1. Grind the roasted coconut and spices with little water to make a fine smooth paste.
  2. Pour this to the kadai and sauté for few minutes to combine well.
  3. Pour a glass of warm water, mix well and adjust the salt.
  4. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and then cover and cook the chicken on low flame, turning in between.
  5. Soak tamarind in quarter cup lukewarm water. Squeeze the pulp well and strain the juice.
  6. When the chicken is half cooked, add the tamarind water. Adjust the salt and tanginess. You can add little Jaggery (1 tsp) at this point if required, to balance the flavours. Cover and cook till done.

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Garnish Goan Chicken curry with chopped coriander leaves and serve with Pav Bread, Pulao, Ghee rice, Jeera rice or Naan.


  • Use fresh tender chicken with bones for best results, it gives more depth and flavor to the curry.
  • A variety of spices are used in the preparation of Chicken Xacuti. It brings out Unique and perfectly balanced flavours.
  • Please adjust the spices according to your spice level.
  • Roast the whole spices to help release the flavors. Do not brown them; when they start releasing aroma, remove from fire.
  • Coconut should be toasted till it is slightly brown as shown in the picture.
  • Add more water if you need more gravy, ideally you should have a thick creamy gravy.
  • Tamarind provides the tanginess to the curry. A small lime sized ball is enough. Add the tamarind water little by little till you achieve the correct tanginess.
  • Jaggery is optional. It is added to balance the flavours.

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