Chicken Tomato Roast

This chicken curry is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. The old pic wasn't doing justice to the recipe and I wanted to give it a makeover for quite sometime. Finally I got around to it and took a decent pic, along with step by step pictures. If you've already tried this recipe, you know how good it is and if you haven't tried it yet, make sure you do! It's a good one.

So, here you go to the original post.

Let's just pretend that there wasnt a small break in between the posts. After all, without the game of the pretending, its kinda impossible to deal with the stuff around you, right? While we are still on the game of pretending… for the past few days, I was pretending that I didnt have a food blog at all! There's no MariasMenu, no dotcom, nothing…. I just wanted to cook, without worrying about teaspoons & tablespoons, without worrying about how to plate the dish, without worrying about whether I'll get the right color in the photos, without worrying about what to write as intro etc get the picture, right? I guess, now that phase is over and I'm slowly switching back to the blogging mode. There is a reason why I did that, but I'll tell you about it later ;)

About this recipe…somehow I've a soft corner towards recipes that have ‘roast' as its surname. Yeah, I do love their family. They usually have a thick bonding between the ingredients (read thick gravy) & some how I like that strong bonding thing ;) I'm referring to the Kerala style roasts here. One of my fav recipes here is the prawns roast, I just love it. So when I saw this chicken tomato roast, I was sold instantly & it didnt disappoint me. I do hope you will also like this.

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Here goes the recipe:

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Recommended sides for this dish: Peas Pulao, Jeera Rice, Ghee Rice, Neer Dosa, Appam, Chapathi
Chicken Tomato Roast
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Chicken Tomato Roast

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Servings: 4
Author: Maria Jose


  • 1/2 kg Chicken (cut into medium size piecec)

For Marination

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • Salt (to taste)

For Masala

  • 3 medium Onion (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger & garlic paste (each)
  • 2.5 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1.5 - 2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Powder
  • 2 medium Tomato (sliced)
  • 3/4 cup Thick coconut milk
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Coconut Oil


  • Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces with ingredients listed under ‘for marination’ & keep in the refrigerator for half an hour.   
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  • Shallow fry the marinated chicken pieces till it becomes golden brown & the chicken is half cooked. Remove the chicken pieces from the pan. 
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  • To the same pan, add sliced onions & salt. Cook till onions become golden brown in color. 
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  • Add ginger & garlic paste & cook for 3-4 minutes.
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  • Add coriander, red chilli, garam masala & fennel powders. Fry for a minute or so or till the oil starts appearing. 
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  • Add sliced tomatoes & curry leaves. Mix well & cook till tomatoes become soft.
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  • Add fried chicken pieces & give a good stir. Add thick coconut milk & cover & cook till the gravy is very thick. The chicken pieces should be cooked well & coated well with masala. This curry has a semi gravy consistency.Serve hot with rice/roti/appam.
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 I didn't fry the chicken pieces, I just cooked the marinated chicken pieces in a non stick pan with very little oil. I initially cooked the chicken on low - medium flame and once the chicken is half cooked, increase it to med - high ,to brown the chicken on both sides. 
This curry has a semi dry consistency, the chicken pieces are coated well with thick masala (refer the main pic). I forgot to take the final version for the step by step, hence you see the curry with gravy in the last step ;)
Tried this recipe? Let others know by...mentioning @mariasmenu or tagging #mariasmenu


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  • Hi Maria,
    This is Albert from New Zealand. I don’t cook at all. But tried this receipe today since we are in lockdown and and the steps look simple enough for me. it tasted great. My daughter and wife loved it.thanks

  • hi maria,
    tried this recipe yesterday and was very doubtful through out the cooking time about the quantity of onions & tomatoes. Finally I decided to trust u and kept going! I am glad I did..this one was out of the was perfect with ghee rice n chapatti…thank u!!

    • Hi Divya,

      Thanks a lot for leaving a comment here :) Great to know that this recipe worked out well for you. Yep, it pairs well with ghee rice and chapathi.


  • I tried this recipe aunty!! It was super yummy!!!loved it B-) mom was happy that finally one of my dishes was a success :-p

  • Hey Maria

    My wife is 4.5 months pregnant & I love cooking for her cravings. This is the first time I ever tried one of your recipes and the awesomeness is still lingering our tongues. I think, I overdone it with some extra salt, adjusted with a cup of curd and received texts from wife the very next morning, telling me “This time you added more love than any other times”

    Loads of thanks from #Kuwait

    • Hi,

      First of all congrats :) I’m really happy to know that your wife enjoyed the curry. It was so sweet of you to make it for her.

      Please do convey my regards to your wife and she is right, cooking is always better when you add love :)


      • Hey Maria

        Thanks for the reply, I can see that you respond to almost all comments! We’re going to have our second child and my 8 years old daughter is the toughest critic, not at all easy to satisfy her taste expectations :)

        For me, I love cooking as much I love writing my blogs(Technical), poems and short stories. I posted another comment with your mutton roast (Laxmi Nair) thread & planning to try out your pepper chicken this weekend. Please let me know whether I should use crushed black peppers or could replace the same with readily available pepper powder.



        • Hi Rajesh,

          I do try my best to reply to all comments, though it happens a bit delayed ;)

          Hope you guys are all set to welcome the new member.

          It’s better to use freshly crushed black pepper, it adds more flavour.

          All the best for your blog!


  • Hi Mariya,

    Made this for Dinner..I am not a fan of coconut milk..And I tend to avoid recipes which asks for coconut milk…Today I was checking your blog for some chicken recipes and my husband saw this one and wanted me to make this..So I thought of giving it a try “manasilla mansode :P”…when the part of adding coconut milk came I thought I will skip it..but somehow ended up adding coconut milk…I somehow could not accept the combination of coconut milk in my husband tasted it and he was like ” this is the best chicken dish you have ever made”…and it was my chance to taste it ..and I am gonna try all those coconut milk recipes…just loved this one…Thanks a loaad dear…

    • Hi Resh,

      I’m glad that finally you tasted chicken with coconut milk. You know what for me it’s the opposite. I really find it difficult to my chicken without coconut milk, I always end up adding a little in the end just for my “manasamadhanam” ;)

      I’ve posted diff chicken curry recipes with coconut milk, you can check it out when time permits..


  • Hi maria, im soniya from dubai.I cleaned the chicken and was searching 4 some receipe..when I saw ur chicken tomato roast pic, im very much interested to try gonna prepare it..yaaahoiii..will give the comment after that.thanx a loot..

  • Hi Maria,

    I am from Kumarakom staying in Chennai with my bachelor friends. I am working in software industry here. Very glad to say that I cook well, most of the Kottayam non-veg recipes. With your blog I polished my culinary skills. Sorry to say I was not interested in putting comments here (laziness in touching keyboard again @ home), even i tried most of the nadan recipe including tea time snacks like sukhiyan and all. But this time its irresistible to put comments here. Your chicken tomato roast and beef kallushappu style (and my kottayam meen curry) gave me a cook label and my married friends here in chennai asked me to prepare the same in their houses. I have prepared beef kallu shappu style nearly 20 times @ my different friends places. Even their moms and wives wanted me to share this recipe and I was so reluctant to do so (glorified malayali asuya.) Recently I made this beef in S’pore where i went for a short term visit from my company. I was staying with one of my frnds who settled there. I revealed my secret and introduced them to your fascinating website. Now the question, why I put comments here now? The answer is, I got an offer to prepare the same three dishes (chicken tomato roast, beef kallushappu, and my meen curry) in one of my friends marriage (not on marriage day but on the previous day night – they are hindus, so no to NV on the marriage day) but I was not able to do it b’coz of my commitments here in my company. It was your blog which made me a chef. Thanks a ton…….

    Sorry for writing a long story here and wish you a happy and successfull period ahead. Waiting for your new recipes…..


    • Hi Deepu,

      I really dont know what to say… I’m so happy/excited/touched after reading your comment :)

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your feedback here. Appreciate it very much :) I’m so glad that this lil space was a part of your culinary life.

      Happy cooking!


      • Hi Maria,

        I am back to town after a small visit to kerala. I have
        prepared the fishcurry recipe as per request from one of the reader. Sorry that I have not asked for your permission to
        make your kottayam meencurry recipe for reference. I tried to make my own recipe but it was not looking fine for me. So i just took your kottayam meencurry recipe and made necessary changes to make it mine. Now it looks super fine!!! here it comes.


        Fish –1 kg, cut into medium size pieces

        Mustard – 2 tsp

        Fenugreek (uluva) –1 tsp

        Ginger – a medium piece – Finely chopped

        Garlic – 10 -12 piece – Finely chopped

        Small onion – 3

        Chili powder – 2
        – 3½ tbsp

        Coriander powder – 1 tbsp

        Turmeric powder – 1½ tsp

        Cocum/kudampuli – 5-6 pieces

        Curry leaves


        Coconut oil


        Soak cocum in 3 tbsp water for 10 minutes. Heat the
        Mustard and fenugreek and make a powder. Take the half of the powder and
        marinate the fish pcs for twenty mins. Heat the Chilli, coriander and
        turmeric powder for 15/20 seconds in low flame. Heat oil in a meenchatti (earthen ware)
        or a pan & splutter mustard and ¼ tsp of fenugreek. Add finely chopped
        ginger and garlic & stir for 3,4 minutes. When it becomes light golden
        brown in color add small onion & curry leaves, make the flame to sim (important)
        & saute till it becomes soft. Add the chilli, coriander and turmeric
        powder and stir well for ½ minute. Make sure that the masala is not
        getting burnt. Add ¼ cup water and stir for one minute again add ¼ cup of
        water and salt and stir well. After 1 min add cocum along with water for
        gravy & fish pieces. Combine well. Make sure that fish pieces do not
        get broken in the process, it will be safer to rotate the pan to ensure
        that fish & masala is mixed well. Add required amount of water &
        cook till the fish is done & gravy becomes thick, it will take around
        20 -25 minutes on low flame. Add the balance amount of fenugreek and
        mustard powder before taking the meencurry from stove and stir well. As we add Garam masala to chicken curry and all.


        It tastes better the next day. I
        wont usually use small onion and coriander powder or use it to a minimal
        amount. So that the meen curry can be stored for 4/5 days without keeping it in

        Marinating the fish pcs with
        fenugreek and mustard powder will make fish pcs bit harder so that it won’t
        break while cooking.

        • Hi Deepu,

          Thank you so much for taking time to share your recipe here. I’m sure your effort will be appreciate by the readers of MariasMenu :)

          I’ll also try your version sometime. Thanks again…


    • Deepu,

      I’ve posted your comment on MM FB page with the following intro “I dont post my reader’s comments here, but making an exception with this one. One of the main reasons why I keep blogging even after 7 years! Thanking God for gifting me the best readers ever :)”. Hope it’s ok with you…


      • Hi Maria,

        I am so happy that you put my comments by giving me a special place in MM FB page. Its awsm.

        Really appreciate your time management skills, wondering how you find time to reply each and every comments.

        • Hi Deepu,

          :) Thanks again for your wonderful feedback. I try my best to reply to all comments, within a time span of 3-4 days.

          Btw, one of the reader was asking for your fish curry recipe :)


          • Hi Maria,

            Thanks for ur reply, was not able give u a revert as I was busy with some urgent work. It is a pleasure to give my fish curry recipe but sorry to say that I dont have any recipe note with me or I have not prepared anything like that (its definitely an art) But sure, will give a try and send it to you.


            Deepu JOHN Alias

  • hi Maria, Ur doing a great job. Have tried 6 recipe from this site, all of them end up in a huge success. A big thanks on behalf of Bachelors who r staying away from home.

  • Hi, Maria I am so thankful to you. I tried the recipe. My husband just loved it soooooo much. And now its famous in my friends circle. Have shared your blog to many of them. Once again thank you so much.


  • Hi Maria  i tried ur receipes & it all came out well.  My husband liked so much.
    but on ur chicken tomato roast receipe u haven’t added tomato ….

    anyway keep posting good receipes

  • Hi Maria,

    We simply loved your tomato chicken roast! This was a joint venture by me and mom.. this is all the more special coz this is the first dish mom and me are making together after a long time! :)



  • Thank you for your recipes. I have tried a couple of them and they have turned out great!
    I was just wondering if 3/4 cup of coconut milk is too much for half kg of chicken? I had 3.5 pounds (abt 1.5 kg) of chicken and 1 cup of coconut turned out to be a bit too much and unfortunately I couldn’t get to the consistency in the picture even after cooking for an hour. I wonder where I went wrong. I used the thick coconut milk that comes in cans.

    • Hi Mincy,

      Nice to know that you like the recipes posted here. Thank you :) About the measurement of the coconut milk, I’ve given it based on my experiments.

      Sometimes, the fat content of the chicken is very high, in that case, I’ve noticed that it’s difficult to get a thick gravy consistency even if you cook it for a long time. Apart from this, I dont know why it happened like that :(


  • Your recipes are too good chechy!!! tried ur cakes, cupcakes, chicken, biriyani… all came out well. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • hi maria.. i love cooking and love trying new recipes.. i dont know how i missed your website for this long.. now i just keep on trying all the recipes from your site and it turns out fabulous…my family is just loving it..yummmm… thanx a lot n keep posting more recipes..
    i tried the chicken roast ydy n it was finger licking good…

  • We love this chicken roast. My friend Anita surprised us with this chicken roast and tried this later. It came out really well. Thanks Maria and Anita.

  • Hey Maria, I love this recipe. It’s a keeper! Here’s my blog post on the same:

    Thanks so much for finding and sharing such wonderful recipes with us. Sending you lots of love from Doha. Cheers!

  • Hi Maria,
    I have been trying out recipes from your blog and I must say that every one of them has been a success so far. Your wrting style is simple and clear and your notes are definitely very useful…. çoz those are the little doubts that you get while cooking. Tried your chicken tomato roast and it was absolutely yummy!! Keep up the good work! Cheers!

    • Hi Smitha,

      Thank you so much dear! I’m really excited to hear that the recipes you try out from here works well for you :) Thanks again for all your sweet words.


  • hi sister…
    u r saving a generation through ur recipes …..  thanks a lot for this..  
    i have a small suggestion if u dont mind.. could u please post the video as well ???  or the step by step  pictures ???     i really miss my mom’s cooking.. but ur recipes helps me to do some justice to the food she cooks i guess…   

    • Hi Anand,

      Thanks a ton for your kind words. Its nice to know that you find the recipes useful & that it reminds you of your mom’s cooking :)

      About the suggestion of video & step by step pictures, I’m very bad in multitasking, so I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to do that :(


  • Maria, I made this for dinner tonight and I must say its finger licking delicious! We both enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing. All the best and God bless. 

  • Hey Maria 
    I have heard abt u a loads!! I had being a fan of ur cousin Anita at My treasure my pleasure and have always being dedicated to few blogger out there.Now i have added one more to my reading and recipes tryouts… !!Maria u r  indescribable…. waiting for u cook book… .Wow a young girl who learned cooking with her aunts dairy… !! I just wish i too learn how to cook… and bless my family with that skills……

  • Hey Maria 
    I have heard abt u a loads!! I had being a fan of ur cousin Anita at My treasure my pleasure and have always being dedicated to few blogger out there.Now i have added one more to my reading and recipes tryouts… !!Maria u r  indescribable…. waiting for u cook book… .Wow a young girl who learned cooking with her aunts dairy… !! I just wish i too learn how to cook… and bless my family with that skills……

    • Hi Cristy,

      Thanks a bunch for the wonderful comment. Hope you’ve heard only good things about me :) Yeah, Annita’s place is really good. I’m sure you will be able to cook beautiful dishes for your family! Please try out some recipes from here when time permits & I do hope you it.

      Take care…


  • Hi Maria,
    Its me again.. I cooked this recipe last night… the dish was awesome…too delicious.. and now I’m tempted to try the prawns roast next.. :) 
    Keep up the great work.. 

  • Hi Maria,

    Thanks for this super recipe. Cooked this dish for my wife last weekend and she simply loved it !

    • Hi Bijoy,

      You are welcome. Its so sweet of you to cook for your wife :) May be I should show your comment to my husband ;)

      Thanks a lot for the comment!


  • Dear Maria,

    The Chicken tomato roast was awesome. Tooooo tasty. My husband and I really enjoyed the dish. Will be making it again when some guests come. Thank you.


  • Hi Maria how r u dng?? Made this chicken for lunch n it was yummyyyyyyy…..thanks for all the perfeckt receipes. waiting for some more grt receipes frm u….till then….bye…take care.

  • Hi Maria….

    Its quite after sometime i’m back trying something new…and it has came out out so wonderful…Thanx so much one more time…  :)

  • Hi maria, I have tried this reciepe on week end and it turned out very good. we all enjoyed it and thank you for this wonderful reciepe.

  • hi maria ,
    i have tried many of your recipes ….and its awesome …this one also i tried today and it turned out really well… i love all your recipes and my hubby too says wow!!! i tell all my newly married friends to go to MARIAS MENU … thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe ……

    • Hi Sofiya,

      Thanks dear :) I’m thrilled to hear that you try recipes from here on a regular basis. Also, thanks a ton for recommending my site to your friends.


    • Hi Sofiya,

      Thanks dear :) I’m thrilled to hear that you try recipes from here on a regular basis. Also, thanks a ton for recommending my site to your friends.


  • Hai Maria,am Sheen frm kuwait.2day i tried thiz recipe,,it was superbbb..i used less chilly powder,anyway am so happy 2 make such a delicious currry, tnkz maria..thnk u soo much

  • Hai Maria,,am Sheen from kuwait. 2day i tried this was superbbbb.i added less chilly powder, anyway am really happy to make such a delicious curry..thankss maria thank u soo much.

  • hi maria…. i tried this sterday….it was awesome…really really am a fan of u…. wen i bring my experiments from ur bolg to my office , my frnds ask for the recipe i’m saying MARIAS MENU……

  • I am back to the site after a long time…. and the first thing that caught my attention was this roast which looks amazing.. I had tried a similar dish once but without the coconut milk. This looks much better than that.. Thanks for this recipe, will try it for sure…

    • Hi Surya,

      Thank you :) I do hope you get to try this dish & like it too. Happy cooking! Btw, if you try this, please dont forget to share your feedback here :)


  • Maria dearie…Had to put out a comment also…Tried this one yesterday and it came out so goodddd…My hubby who’s a very tough critic couldn’t stop raving about the hurry yesterday forgot to click a pic..Anyways this is a keeper and will definitely be a regular at our house just like most of your chicken recipes..Thank u!!! 

    • Comments are always welcome Gayathri dear :) Its really  nice to know that your husband liked this dish. I do hope you could take a pic next time, would love to see that. Thanks again sweetie for trying the recipes & also for sharing your feedback here.


  • Hello Maria,
    First time here on your site.
    let me congratulate u on your work……..variety of recipes ,simple explanation with
    mouth watering pics wow! great ……glad that i found your site.
    Tried your chicken stew recipe yesterday…….it was tasty and wonderful
    first time i cooked this and felt so nice to get positve response from hubby…all thanks to u.
    I am gonna try this recipe today……..
    once again thanks.

  • Hi Maria,

    How have you been? Hope ur doing good :))
    I tried this recipe and it came out really good. It was really yummy with all the coconut oil flavour and it brought out the typical nadan style chicken roast aroma. Everybody loved it and relished on it. Thanks a lot for this recipe :))

  • Maria, Very interesting post! Wanted to try a beef recipe, my first ever.Looks yummy.  Even more exciting was the me-me tag. Everything is familiar – ur fear of animals, aversion to computers in school, interest in politics, obsession with bakery items. One thing to add. I also remember you as a person who has been interested in and was good at elocution and extempore in school :)

    • Thanks dearie :) I’m happy that you liked the me-me. But I’m sure you dont have to go through the me-me to know all those things about me, right ;)? Yeah I did enjoy the debates n stuff, now it all seems like so far away :(

      Btw, you tried the beef or chicken? I do hope it came out well. Pinne please convey a big thank you to your friends from me, ok?


  • I go through similar feelings plenty of times….just wish I don’t have to stress about the spoon sizes, pics, and er, the write-up. Actually I don’t mind the pics…but the other two, I’m not very fond of ;) 

    Oh, I have a penchant for roasts too….yea the Kerala style roasts :)

  • Hi maria nice post though am an eggeterian, would try making it with something else.
    by the way where did u go all these days ?
    I used to check this space every now and then
    and yeah I could nt comment on ur blog for soooo long.
    and ve passed it through Ria.
    I made ur butter sponge cake by steaming
    it was simply awesopme and now mom in law is pestering me to make more and more .
    thanks and love to u dear.

    • Hey Sumsu, I was here only dear… yeah we had some issues with the comments. Its all ok now. Hey nice to know that you tried the butter cake. You steamed it in pressure cooker or appachembu? I hope you bake it more often for your MIL ;)

      You take care dear…

      • Hi dear I just steamed it in my idlipathram. poured water and placed the batter in a closed dabba and steamed it for 35 to 40 minutes . firts I kept the flame sim for 20 finutes and then in between raised and lowered the flame. it was too moist dear.
        yes this week am making again for my mom in law. she sooo loves it. so too my one year old son.
        he he he

  • Looks soo yumm…All ur chicken recipes have been hits or should i say blockbusters until now ! Can’t wait to try this..

    • Gayathri – I should say I’m on cloud nine after reading your comment ;) Hope you will like this one also. Please do share your feedback, if you try this, ok?


      • Oh I forgot to tell Maria.I tried this out…My husband liked it sooo much. He being such a tough critic and he couldn’t like stop praising about this for like two days nonstop. Planning to make this again for a gettogether tomorrow with 1.5kg-2 kg chicken. Any suggestions? Or straight multiplication will help? Looking forward to your suggestions.. :) :)

          • I just saw that, I have already commented on this long back.. Oopss…But no regrets..that’s how brilliant this is..Infact one of my best friends, who’s also a new cook made this and her hubby loveddd it. 

            Btw it came out great..!! Everyone loved it and my hubby ate the leftovers with chapathi, appam for the next 3 days with zero complaints. :)

          • Yeah, it was your second comment, as they say the more the merrier so its good for me :) Nice to know that your friend also liked it.


  • Hi Maria,

    More than the receipe I like your write up before each dish;  and that what makes more interesting.

    Thanks for the beautiful receipe from the roast family.

    Cynthia (Kuwait)

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