A spicy and delicious dry chicken that serves as a side dish or a great appetizer for your favourite drink! This is an easy and quick chicken recipe prepared with a special store bought chicken masala, some few easily available ingredients and simple cooking steps. This is sure to be a hit in your family!

I love the combo of chicken and potato. Chicken and potato fry is one dish I make often with variations. This is one of the most cooked dish in my home. It’s so good to relish this when I dont want to go for elaborate cooking on a lazy day or when time constraint.

Chicken with potato is one of the most easiest and simple home style Indian chicken recipe for experts as well as beginners. There are different ways to make chicken fry with the use of whole spices and masala powders. This one is with south Indian flavor as I have used a store bought south indian flavor masala from maggi brand.

This is also a perfect dish when you have some sudden guest coming in and you dont have much time in hand. This delicious yet simple recipe can be your savior! It’s a straight forward recipe and requires no marination and no blending. All you need is the ingredients in place to make this super delicious chicken fry.

The chicken and potato is cooked on high heat at the beginning and at the last stage. In the middle of the cooking process the chicken and potato is slow cooked with the lid on by just keeping an eye and stirring it occasionally to prevent from sticking to the pan or getting burned.


You can make this delectable chicken at the comfort of your home using some easily available ingredients in your kitchen with few simple cooking methods. It doesn’t require any fancy techniques to cook this delicious chicken. Chunks of chicken and potato are cooked in a blend of aromatic spice such as ginger garlic paste, onion, green chilly, tomato, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, pepper powder and maggi south chicken masala. This chicken masala is available in grocery stores and super markets. This chicken masala has a unique and aromatic flavor. It will most probably be available in Indian stores so try to explore and get the ingredient and try it. It’s a blend of aromatic spices.

Let’s briefly see the process of making chicken masala fry. Heat oil and saute the onion, curry leaves, green chilly till onion starts to soft. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add the turmeric, chilly, pepper powder, salt and saute for a minute. Add the chicken and potato, cover with lid and fry on high heat till oil starts to leave the sides. Add the south chicken masala powder, mix well and fry on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Increase the heat to high and roast them for 3-5 minutes stirring frequently. Add chopped coriander leaves and take off the heat.

I have not used water to make this chicken. However if you want to make it in semi gravy, with gravy or saucy version, you can add water while cooking and adjust the consistency as per your requirement.


● You can make this recipe without the potato. Just skip the potatoes and follow the recipe as it is.
● If you are unable to source the chicken masala, you can use garam masala powder or meat masala powder.
● You can make this in semi-gravy and gravy gravy. Just add water as required.
● You can even make it slightly saucy by adding water while cooking and then evaporate the water. This will make the dish not a dry fry but slightly saucy.
● You can play with the masalas by adding cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala or meat masala powder and opting out the maggi chicken masala.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this chicken masala fry as a side with dal rice, dosa or any Indian bread such as phulka, paratha, chapati, roti etc.

You can also serve this chicken with your favourite drinks.

It also tastes great along with variety rice like ghee rice, jeera rice, coconut rice, pulao etc.

I hope you will try this simple and easy recipe. Please do share your thoughts about the recipe with me.

If you like this recipe, try more easy chicken side dish and starter recipes that you can make for your everyday meals.

Chicken With Dry Bamboo Shoot – Naga Style

Bhut Jolokia Grilled Chicken
Chicken Drumsticks Fry
Chicken Masala Fry
Crispy Fried Chicken
Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf
Cheesy Chicken Fritters
Spicy Mango Chicken Wings
Stir Fry Chicken With Banana Flower
Steamed Chicken Wrapped in banana Leaf
Tandoori Chicken Oven Baked
Chicken Pakora / Chicken Fritters
Baked Whole Chicken Leg
Pan Baked Chicken Leg
Peri Peri Chicken With Veggie Salad
Spiced Fried Chicken
Coca Cola Chicken

You can also try some of my other favourite Indian Chicken Curries such as

Easy Chicken Curry
Chettinad Chicken Currry
Amsu – Naga Chicken with rice flour
Black Pepper Chicken – Semi Gravy
Chicken Kola Urundai Kuzhambu / Minced Chicken Balls Curry
Naga Chicken Curry with bamboo shoot & greens
Pepper Chicken Gravy
Butter Chicken
All of the above recipes are super easy to prepare, ready in no time, and will never disappoint you.
So let’s get started with the recipe and tips on how to cook south Indian chicken masala fry at the comfort of your own home with step by step pictures.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients to make chicken and potato masala fry:

500 gms chicken
2-3 tbsp oil
2 potato cut into big wedges
2 onion sliced
1 large tomato chopped
2 green chilly slit
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
½ tsp pepper powder
1 tsp maggi south chicken masala (see notes)
Salt to taste
Few coriander leaves chopped

Step by step picture instructions to make chicken and potato masala fry:

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, green chilly, curry leaves and saute till onion starts to soften.

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.

Add tomato and fry till it turns soft and mushy.

Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix well and saute for a minute.

Add chicken and potato and mix well.

Cover the pan and cook till the juice released by the chicken evaporates and the oil starts to leave the sides. It may take approximately 5 minutes or so on high heat. Stir it occasionally.

Add the chicken masala and mix well. Cover with lid and fry the chicken and potato on low heat for about 10-15 minutes stirring it occasionally in between the cooking.

Now increase the heat and cook on high heat for about 3-5 minutes till the chicken and potato is roasted well and slightly starts to brown. Stir them frequently for even roasting and to prevent it from burning.

Add chopped coriander leaves, give a quick stir and take off the heat.


● South chicken masala may be substituted with garam masala or meat masala powder.
● You can squeeze some lemon juice once you take off the chicken from the heat.
● You can add cumin powder and coriander powder.
● Green chilly can be replaced with dry red chilly.
● You can use mustard seeds and cumin seeds for tempering. First temper them in the oil and then saute the other ingredients.

Well, if you make this easy and simple chicken masala fry, please do leave a feedback in the comments box below or snap a photo and tag Akum Raj Jamir on Facebook and akumrajjamir on Instagram with hashtag#atmykitchen. I would love to see your creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked the recipe. Your valuable feedbacks are always welcome, I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you.

Happy cooking!

Love Akum

About Akum Raj Jamir

Hello Everyone.. I am Akum Raj Jamir. I am a Naga Lady born and bought up from Nagaland. Married to a Tamilian and settled in Chennai now.  I worked in hotel industry for 3 years and later I shifted to corporate sector and worked in US based MNC companies. In January 2014 I was blessed with a baby boy and that it when I decided to quit my job and give me full time for him as well as the home. Now I am a homemaker ☺.  I started cooking at the very small age. We sisters used to help mom in the kitchen and followed the foot step of my mom and that's how I developed my cooking skills. A foodie by nature and a passionate cook, loves everything about food. Cooking is my passion. I love experimenting with food in my kitchen and try to bring the best in whatever I cook. I cook with all my heart and soul and this love is evident in the dishes I cook.  I believe in sharing a lot thus whatever I cook I share with fellow friends and my fan followings. So this space is all about food from my kitchen for foodies like me. Explore the recipes ☺

14 thoughts on “Chicken And Potato Masala Fry / South Indian Chicken Fry / Easy Chicken Fry

  1. Made the South Indian chicken potatoes today. Had a great meal this evening
    Like your mix of dishes from the southern and eastern parts of India. Shall experiment with some more of them.
    Thanks for putting them on line

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