Chilli Chicken is one of the classic Indo-Chinese starters popularly available in most of the Indian restaurants. It is the go-to dish that everyone relishes once in a while when craving for typical ‘Desi Chinese’ food. However, most of us refrain from trying this recipe at home due to the difference between homemade and restaurant taste. But, worry not; the following recipe is easy and requires simple ingredients that will help you achieve that desired restaurant-like taste.
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In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and mix well. Let the marinated chicken rest for at least 30 minutes. In another small bowl, mix soy sauce, ketchup, chilli sauce, red chilli powder, vinegar and cornflour slurry well and keep it aside.
In a wide pan, heat the oil and drop a small portion of the marinade to test. If the marinade floats up with bubbles around, the oil is ready. Add the marinated chicken pieces into the oil and cook on medium-high flame until crispy, golden brown. Drain the chicken and remove the excess oil with kitchen tissue.
In a shallow pan, heat about 2 tbsp oil and add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies. Sauté for about 30 seconds and then add diced onion and capsicum. Sauté for another minute until slightly crispy.
Once the vegetables are sautéed, add the sauce mixture and stir until mixed. Then add the fried chicken chunks and cook until the sauce becomes thick and coats the chunks. Add salt as needed, stir and switch off the flame.
Garnish with finely chopped spring onion and serve hot.
Recipe TipYou can use tomato puree with sugar, to make the sauce a little tangier.Share your version of this recipeIf you make chilli chicken with a twist or use different ingredients for the batter, then we would love to hear from you. Whether a variation or this recipe as is, do share it with us. Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the alternative to deep frying chicken?You can shallow fry or grill the chicken instead of deep-frying to make the healthier version of the dish.How to get fiery red chilli chicken?You can use Kashmiri red chilli powder or red food colouring to get that fiery red chilli chicken.