Sunday, January 21, 2018 06:14 PM

Chilli Chicken Recipe, How to Make Chilli Chicken

Dry chilli chicken, easily the most popular Indian-Chinese chicken recipe for the meat lovers. It’s spicy (it’s called chilli chicken after all), it’s got a crunch from the flour coating over the chicken and the capsicum, and it’s really quite delicious. When TH asks what’s the one thing I’d say he’s missing being a vegetarian, my answer is usually a very confident “chilli chicken for sure”.

So yes, we all know it and love it but how do we make chilli chicken at home? If you’ve attempted to make any manchurian or Indian Chinese dishes at home, you’ve probably felt it’s not the same as what we get in the restaurants. The key reason for this is that they deep fry things without worrying about health or calories and we would probably hesitate. At least, that’s my theory. So this chilli chicken recipe is as close to how a restaurant would make it but I haven’t added any MSG which they are sure to add in chilli chicken. I also haven’t used any food colour because I really don’t think that’s necessary.

Looking for a vegetarian alternative? Check out my super easy gobi manchurian recipe.

Chilli chicken pairs really well with:
Mushroom fried rice
Egg fried rice
Chicken fried rice
Vegetarian fried rice
Vegetable noodles
Broccoli and mushroom fried rice

The key in making a good chilli chicken is in the seasoning of the flour batter in which the chicken is fried. That can really make or break your dish to a large extend. I recommend experimenting a bit because it’s nearly impossible to get the exact same result even if you closely follow my recipe. Your corn flour is going to be a different brand, ground differently, the weather is not the same and you most definitely won’t be able to get the same consistency as I did for the batter. I know, sounds like a lot of bad news. But fear not, I am yet to make an inedible chilli chicken. No matter how it turns out, you can ‘fix’ it or just eat it anyway.

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CHILLI CHICKEN RECIPE INDIAN-STYLE
 
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Chilli chicken is a popular Indian-Chinese appetiser that goes fabulous as a side dish to fried rice or noodles too
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Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 250 grams of boneless chicken pieces, cubed
For batter:
  • ½ cup of plain flour (maida)
  • ¼ cup of cornflour or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of soya sauce
  • ½ tsp of black pepper powder
For stir-frying:
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 cup of cubed onions
  • ½ cup of cubed capsicum (bell pepper)
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit
  • 1 tsp of crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp of grated ginger
  • 1 tsp of tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp of vinegar or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of minced spring onions or coriander leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Clean and cut the chicken pieces into bite-sized cubes
  2. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and keep it ready
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the batter and add enough water to make a thick batter (similar to bajji batter)
  4. Add the chicken pieces to this
  5. Heat oil for deep frying
  6. When the oil is smoking hot, add the chicken pieces thoroughly coated in the batter
  7. Fry on medium heat until golden brown
  8. Drain and set aside
  9. Proceed with the next batch until all the chicken is fried
  10. Drain and set aside
  11. Heat oil and add the onions, ginger, garlic, and green chillies
  12. Saute until the onions turn transparent and soft
  13. Then add the soya sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, and tomato ketchup
  14. Saute for 2 more minutes
  15. Then add the fried chicken pieces and capsicum
  16. Sprinkle some water and cover the pan
  17. Cook on very low heat for 4-5 mins or until the ingredients come together nicely
  18. Uncover, give everything a good mix, check for salt and add more if needed, and remove from heat
  19. Garnish with spring onions or coriander leaves
  20. Serve hot as an appetizer or side dish with fried rice or noodles
Notes
Instead of green chillies, you can add green chilli sauce
The vinegar or lemon juice is optional but I usually add some for the tang it gives
You can use capsicum in any colour
You can also follow the same recipe with small pieces of chicken with bone
The batter ingredients are very customisable. You can opt to add pepper in the final stage rather than into the batter, for example

Step by Step Pictures for Making Chilli Chicken

Mix all the ingredients for the batter

and add enough water to make a thick batter, similar to bajji batter

Add cleaned and cut chicken pieces

Stir well to combine

Heat oil for deep frying and when it’s almost smoking hot, add the chicken pieces one at a time, well coated with the batter

Fry on medium heat until golden brown. Drain and set aside

Heat oil and add the onions, ginger, garlic, and green chillies
Saute until the onions turn transparent and soft

Then add the soya sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, and tomato ketchup and saute for 2 more minutes

Now add the fried chicken pieces and capsicum.

Mix well, sprinkle some water, and cook cover for 4-5 minutes on very low heat. Stir in between if you feel the bottom of the pan is beginning to bury but do not add any more water

Once done, uncover and adjust salt. Then garnish with chopped spring onions or coriander leaves.

That’s it! Your dry chilli chicken is now ready to serve. Serve hot as an appetiser or with fried rice or noodles as a side dish with chicken.

If you make chilli chicken following my easy step by step recipe, do drop me a comment below.

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