How to make Goan Chicken Xacuti Recipe?

Goan Chicken Xacuti Recipe

Goan Chicken Xacuti is a vibrant and flavorful dish from the coastal state of Goa, India. Known for its complex spice blend, this dish is a beloved staple in Goan cuisine and has gained popularity across and beyond India.

Goan Chicken Xacuti Recipe make it using Zorabian Chicken Breast Boneless 450g

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes,
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes,
Total Time: 60 Minutes


  • 1 Packet Zorabian Pre-Cut Chicken Skinless (900gms)
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 10-12 dry red chilies, deseeded
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 4-5 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  1. Prepare the Xacuti Masala

    Dry roast grated coconut, red chilies, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, and black peppercorns until aromatic. Grind to a fine paste with a little water.

  2. Cooking Chicken Xacuti

    Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and sauté until golden brown. Add the chicken pieces and cook until they start to brown. Add tomato puree, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook until oil separates.

  3. Simmering

    Add the ground Xacuti masala paste and mix well. Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 30 minutes.

  4. Finishing Touch

    Sprinkle garam masala and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or crusty bread.

Here’s what makes Chicken Xacuti special, why people adore it, how best to enjoy it, and the ideal times to serve it:

What’s Special about Goan Chicken Xacuti?

Chicken Xacuti (pronounced ‘sha-koo-tee’) is special due to its intricate layering of flavors and spices, which reflect both local and Portuguese influences on Goan cooking. The recipe uses a rich and aromatic blend of spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and coriander, combined with roasted coconut, which is then ground into a fine paste. This spice mix is unique to Xacuti and gives it a deep, earthy flavour complemented by a subtle sweetness from the coconut.

Why People Love It

  1. Rich Flavors: The complexity and depth of flavour in Chicken Xacuti come from its blend of spices and coconut, offering a taste that is both exotic and comforting.
  2. Culinary Adventure: For those looking to explore regional Indian cuisines, Chicken Xacuti provides a delicious insight into Goan culture and its historical culinary influences.
  3. Versatility: While rich and complex, Xacuti is also remarkably versatile, pairing well with various sides, making it a favorite among culinary enthusiasts.

Best Ways to Have Chicken Xacuti

  • With Rice: Serve Chicken Xacuti with plain boiled rice or Goan red rice to enjoy the full flavor of the gravy.
  • Goan Bread (Poi or Pav): Dip these local breads into the rich Xacuti gravy for a satisfying meal.
  • With Dosas or Appams: The soft texture of dosas or appams complements the thick, spicy gravy of Xacuti, making for a delightful combination.

Best Time/Occasion to Have It

  • Festivals and Celebrations: Chicken Xacuti is often prepared during Goan festivals such as Carnival or Christmas, where its rich flavor complements the festive spirit.
  • Sunday Lunch: In many Goan homes, Xacuti is cooked for a leisurely Sunday lunch, where family members gather and enjoy the meal together.
  • Special Occasions: Its rich and celebratory nature makes Chicken Xacuti perfect for any special occasion, be it a birthday, an anniversary, or a get-together.

Chicken Xacuti is not just a dish but an experience, bringing together the history, culture, and culinary expertise of Goa in every bite. Its popularity is a testament to its delightful complexity and the joy it brings to those who savour it.

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