Chettinad is a region within the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The word “chettinad” actually denotes a social class of master chefs. The region is famous for their aromatic, spicy and bold dishes. Chicken Chettinad is loaded with bold spices typical to the cuisine like fennel, pepper, cumin, cardamom, and cloves. Coconut is a popular ingredient in Chettinad cooking and helps balance the heat of the spices with a subtle sweetness. The longer you cook this dish, the more the flavors infuse into the chicken. It’s one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day.