Dragon Chicken

Dragon Chicken

I got this recipe from a cookery book. I haven’t tasted any dragon chicken before but somehow the name sounds so familiar to me. Hence I decided to try this and it turned out pretty decent. I think its more like an Indo Chinese dish. However if you know anything more about this, please do share. It seems this is one of the popular items in the menu of Mango Tree restaurant owned by Malayalam film star Dileep. That restaurant was originally the house of famous Malayalam singer Yesudas and there is a mango tree planted by his mom, hence the same name for the restaurant too. This restaurant is in Fort Cochin. Though I’m from Cochin, I haven’t been to Fort Cochin in a long time, it’s quite far from our place. Anyways, I’ve already made the list of things to do in my next India trip and a visit to Fort Cochin and various restaurants there occupies a prime place :).

Btw, have any of you been to this restaurant? Or if you know any other good restaurants in that area which I should check out, please do let me know. Coming back to the Dragon Chicken, this recipe is shared by the chef of Mango Tree. I wanted to add some cashew also (it’s not there in the original recipe), but I forgot. May be next time.You can serve this dish as a starter/appetizer or as a side dish. It’s actually good for just munching too. I just couldn’t stop munching this while taking the snaps ;)

One more thing I dont have any clue how the Dragon chicken looks like (the picture wasn’t there). Anyways may be when I visit there I can see it and also taste it first hand. Jose are you reading this ;)?

Here is the recipe:

Dragon Chicken
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indo chinese, Chinese
  • Boneless chicken - 250 gm, cut into thin strips or cubes
  • Plain flour (maida) - ⅓ cup
  • Cornflour - ⅓ cup
  • Egg white - of 1 egg
  • Pepper powder - ¼ - ½ tsp
  • Soya sauce - ¼ tsp
  • Water - ⅓ cup + extra (if required)
  • Salt
  • Cashew nuts - 1 tbsp ( chopped)
  • Ginger & garlic paste - 1½ tsp each
  • Celery - 2 tsp, chopped finely
  • Leeks - 2tsp, chopped finely (I didn't use it)
  • Dry red chilly - 3, slit lengthwise
  • Capsicum - 1 , sliced finely
  • Onion - 1, sliced finely
  • Carrot - 1, sliced finely like matchsticks
  • Kashmiri chilly powder - 1 - 1½ tsp
  • Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Soya sauce - 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil
  1. Make a medium thick batter with ingredients from plain flour-salt. Marinate the cleaned chicken pieces in this batter and keep aside for 10 mins. Shallow fry the chicken pieces till it turns golden brown. Keep the chicken pieces aside. In the same pan (remove excess oil, if any) add the cashew pieces and fry it till it turns brown. Keep it aside. Add the ginger & garlic paste. Fry it for a minute, add celery, leeks and dry chillies. Saute it for 2-3 minutes. Add capsicum, onion and salt. Cook till onions and capsicum becomes soft. Combine Kashmiri chilly powder, tomato & soya sauce and add this to the curry. Mix well and add around ⅛ cup of water at this stage. When the gravy boils, add fried cashews, chicken & carrots. Mix well. Cover and cook till the carrots are done. Serve hot.
Water is not added in the original recipe, since I like the chicken to be coated well, I added. Same with the cashew too, cashew is not added as per the original recipe, its optional. Also the vegetarians can try this recipe with cauliflower, paneer, tofu etc.


Source: Vanitha Pachakam

  • http://mykitchenantics.blogspot.com/ nisha

    look good…and im sure it tasted even better…did it taste like a chicken manchurian by any chance?

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    We go very often to FortCochin when hubby is home iwill ask him the names of theplaces we go as i am bad in remembering the names.
    Sometimes we just take the boat from EKM till Fort cohin just to spend the time in the harbour and then have coffee somewere there and tack the boat back :-)
    I too read about thisplace in vanitha few months back.
    I am so gonna make this chicken.

  • http://www.tangerineskitchen.blogspot.com rachel

    Maria Maria !!! Not fair you just got me craving for this when I am convincing myself to go ona diet!

  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com Divya

    Maria..did you get the latest Pachakam edition with Dileep on the cover?It is supposed to have recipes from his restaurant.I am still searching for it..:):).

    I have seen Dragon Chicken here,in Chinese restaurants and it looks very close to your interpretation.In fact,it has cashews too..:):).I prefer the vegetarian version,Dragon Cauliflower..:):)

  • http://www.cookingwithkairalisisters.com Kairali sisters

    Hey Maria..

    Dragon chicken sounds intersting!!

    Even we heard that Mango tree is famous for this special chicken from our friends who visited there.

    We are sure yours tastes as good as it looks,
    Great space you host here friend…

    Kairali sisters

  • http://yummyoyummy.blogspot.com/ Yummy Team

    Fantastic picture, Maria..Dragon chicken looks absolutely delicious!! I will definitely visit Mango Tree restaurant on my very next trip :)

  • http://ammuscanvas.blogspot.com/ ammu

    it looks very appetizing..hav to get back home n try this soon!

  • Najla

    Hi Maria…
    Got to know abt tur cooking blog through my good friend Smitha…

    I jus saw abt the dragon chicken.. it looks nice, although i have tried the same from the keralite restaurants here in Bahrain , and they have cashews in it and the only difference in the looks i figured out was its much more darker in colour as the pic on ur blog looks lighter, …
    Looking forward to more exciting receipes

    Have a nice day

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Najla,

      Thanks for visiting :)

      I didnt know this was available in the Mallu restaurants here. Which restaurant were you referring to? May be because we check out mostly the nadan stuff in their menus :)

      Btw, from your mail id, I gather you are working with Bahrain E&Y. I used to work there years ago :)

      Please do convey my special thanks to Smitha for the referral :)


      • Najla

        yeah working with EY since 3 years now ,wen were u in EY and wat position were u holding
        i have tried dragon chicken from Blue moon restaurant, initially wen they were open and this was one of there speciality dishes and i was excited to try it out since it sounds very fancy.. but shuld admit it wasnt dat gr8…..

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Najla,

          I worked there 5 years ago in HR dept. I was there only for a short period of time.

          I remember trying a dish called Pentagon chicken from Bluemoon, when it was known as India Garden. It was good but very very spicy. Havent been to that place after they have changed the name.

          Anyways, nice meeting you here :)


  • Sujitha


    looks great…wanna try this out soon…just a doubt…by tomato sauce do u mean tomato ketchup or tomato paste?


    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sujitha,

      Thanks dear :)

      I used tomato ketchup. Hope you will like it.


  • Ancy

    That is one fiery snap, loving the drama on plate.

  • http://www.burntmouth.com Zlamushka

    Lovely dragon, ah looks so juicy and inviting! Have added it to my must-try lists :-)

  • http://invogueathome.blogspot.com/ Miriam

    the picture makes the dish look spicy n’ really nice…i have to give it try….i didn’t know Dileep owned a restaurant, had only heard about Mohanlal’s restaurant….have you been to this restaurant named “daal roti” near the jew town….jew town is in fort cochin rite? we had been to this place during our last vacation n’ really liked it…just the feel of the place is so nice…will have to check out ‘mango tree’ next time we got there…:)

  • http://www.splitpearsonality.blogspot.com Ann

    I saw Dileep’s restaurant in the latest Vanitha, but didn’t see any recipes from it. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t been to Fort Kochi either, we get so caught up in our little vacations, btw family visiting, weddings and the inevitable SHOPPING that we always fail to unearth the little gems of resturants there. I heard of a place called Menorah which serves Jewish cuisine, I thought that was in Fort Kochi too….?

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Nisha – thank you and I dont think it tastes like chicken manjurian.

    HC – please do try this and hopefully your hubby remembers the name of the restaurants :)

    Rachel – hehehe, may be you can make an exception for this ;)

    Divs – yep, its from the latest pachakam mag. Even I had to chase my pathrakaran for the copy ;) Hope you’ll make dragon cauli :)

    KS – thanks and now after hearing your friends recommendation, I thnk its a must try :)

    Yummy team – thanks guys, hope you will visit Mango Tree and have dragon chicken too ;)

    Ammu – thanks dearie, I’m sure you will like it :)

    Ancy – I love your comment :)

    Zlamushka – thanks dear. Hope you will like it. Btw, how are you? long time…

    Miriam – yeah Dileep has 2 restaurants. Btw, u can make it with chkn breasts, so it’s an ideal recipe for Banglore cooking ;) and hey thanks for suggesting that restaurant :)

    Ann – This recipe is from Vanitha Pachakam magazine. Its a cooking mag n not the usual vanitha. It’s so true.what yu have said abt the holidays, it’s same for us too :( I havent heard abt Menorah, actually its been ages I’ve been to that side :(

  • priya

    y day i tried ur prawn roast nd was v hit in our house.but i didnt get dat dark brown colour.actually i tried dis recipie on seeing the colour.wen i add coconut milk started getting orange red colour.any way was v tasty.thanks a lot

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Priya,

      Thank you for trying the prawns roast. I usually roast the prawns for a longer time, till I get that dark colour.


  • http://blog.sigsiv.com Sig

    Darn, I recently went to Fort Kochi and had a really bad meal. Should’ve checked out the Mango tree restaurant if only I’d seen this post before that. :(
    Anyway, I *love* the look of this chicken dish. Name sounds very Chinese :)

  • jaseera siyad

    dear i am also from fortkochin..if u r a coffeelover u should visit kashi cafe and dal roti for north indian food…

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Sig – Thank you :). Sorry to hear about your bad meal :(. May be next time you can visit Mango Tree and compensate ;). Btw, I have no clue how that restaurant is, waiting to find out during my next visit.

    Jaseera – I’ve heard a lot about Kashi, and that’s one place I really love to go. Btw, one of my friends, Miriam also mentioned about Dal Roti, hopefully I can make it to there also. Looks like my list is becoming too big ;)

  • Uma

    Hi Maria,

    Dragon chicken looks great…. This is one of my fave, fave dishes and a common one in Chinese or Thai restaurants…. I’ve had this in Chennai and in Bangalore, and they usually add quite a lot of cashews… I’ve been searching for a recipe to this one forever, and am so happy you’ve posted this now… I will try it out and let you know if its the same as the ones I’ve had in the restaurants… Looks quite a lot the same :)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Uma,

      Thanks dear :)

      Some other readers also mentioned that cashew is added in Dragon chicken, I forgot :(. Next time I will be def adding it. Btw, I’m happy to hear that the pic looks similar to the one you had in restaurants.

      Please try it and I really hope you like it.


  • http://www.mirchmasala.me manju

    I just couldnt resist after seeing the name!! the ingredients look very familiar – as in the indo-chinese cuisine ones..but never heard this name though. Looks pretty delicious too! I would love to make this for guests one time – what with such a powerful name and all :)

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks Manju. Even I was curious about the name and hence decided to try it :). Hope you could make it sometime soon.

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  • manjusha

    Hi Maria,

    First let me thank you for the great recipes .. Nowadays any time i get stuck with ‘ what will i make today for dinner’ thought i run thorugh your blog .. It is so handy.

    I am basically from Thrissur and there is this restraurant named Spoon, they serve mouth watering Dragon Chicken , after having that i was actually looking for a good Dragon Chicken recipe , and now definitely going to try.

    Thank you very much again.


    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Manju

      You are welcome dear and thank you so much for such a sweet comment.

      Hope you will like the dragon chicken recipe. Please do share your feedback if you try it.


  • Ligy

    Hey Maria…

    Thanks for this recipe.. Infact this name ”dragon chicken”, i heard first only a few months ago..so during our last trip to india, in our hometown (Muvattupuzha) We went to one restaurant named ‘’kabani’’, and there I saw this in the menu.. so much curious about the name, I ordered this as a starter..and there it came, the lovely chunks of chicken with loads of cashew, raisins etc..i loved the richness of the dish so much…and I still drool about it .. chalo, as u have now given the recipe, will surely try that…thanks dear

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Ligy,

      Dragon chicken was new to me also till a few months back. The recipe I got from Vanitha didnt have any cashews, but some other reader’s also mentioned adding cashew to this. It sounds great!

      Hope you will get time to try this and like it too :)


  • rose

    Hello Maria,

    Last month when i went to India my sister only introduced your website to me.From that day onwards i should say there is not even a single day i haven’t surfed ur site admired ur foodie pics.They are jus so lovely.

    I have a doubt when you say the measurement as 1/2 cup do you mean 8 tbsp?? coz i read somewhere 16 tbsp makes one cup.I am planning to try this one today.

    Thanks for ur time and such a wonderful site.Keep rocking !!!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you so much for visiting this space. I’m glad that you like the space.. especially the pics!

      A half cup is 8 tbsp, google says so :) btw, did you try this one?

      Please say my special thanks to your sis also for recommending our blog.

      Happy cooking :)


      • Rose


        sorry for the late reply.I didnt try this yet :( My husband the BOSS was not having an appetite for chicken so I made Chilly Gobi and hav left a comment on that link.Will try it soon n will let you know.

        Keep cooking n posting n inspiring

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Rose,

          It’s ok dear, no probs at all :) Saw your comment for chilli gobi and replied too. Thanks for the comment :)


  • Deepthi

    Hi Maria,
    last weekend Dragon-chicken & Fried-Rice was in my menu book…… WAS AWESOME …… super super super…. all at my home liked….. really maria , if someone appreciates for what we prepared it’s so encouraging & happy for us….. all these credits goes to u…. thank u so much …. actually I’m waiting for a weekend nowadays so that i can experiment a new dish …… next Honey-Glazed chicken in my menu book….will update u…..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Deepthi,

      First of all, I’m really sorry for the delayed reply. I missed this comment somehow & just saw it now :(

      Great to know that this recipe came out well for you…thanks for such a lovely comment. You can take credit for cooking it, after all the cook also plays a major role ;)

      Hope the honey chicken also came out well…


  • http://biblegateway.com Chris


    Thank you for the wonderful recipes! My girlfriend Anit and I (she’s from Kerala, I’m from Kansas) have tried a few of your webpages’ suggestions–the beef cutlets and one of the chicken curries–and I was wondering: is this recipe enough for two? I have have a big appetite when it comes to Asian foods….

    Jesus loves you!

    Chris B.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Chris,

      You are welcome :)

      Thanks for trying out the recipes from here, its nice to know that you enjoy this style of cooking. Btw, you can double the qty, next time you make Indian food :)

      Take care…


  • Sonu

    hi Maria,
    thanks. i searched this in lots of site, but i made your type and it was amazing..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sonu,

      Thank you so much! Great to know that the recipe worked well for you :)


  • ResH

    Hi Maria,

    Long time..How have you been..hope you are back after your vacation..

    So I made this Dragon chicken tonight for dinner..and as usual..it turned out delicious…ur recipes cant go wrong!!! it was yumm yumm…I keep checking out other food blogs at times..but somehow I keep coming back to your blog always…:) Thanks for the recipe…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Resh,

      How are you? yeah long time.. yep, I’m back in Bahrain.

      Thanks a ton dear for being a loyal reader of MM :) Btw, the pic looks nice. I’ve shared it on FB page.

      Hope your family is doing good.

      Take care,

  • Divya

    Hi Maria,
    I have tried many of your recipes and most of them came very well!But couldn’t write something so far.Sorry for that.Prepared this recipe today. It came out well!Thanks :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Divya for your comment :) I’m glad that you’ve liked the recipes posted here.


  • Ann

    This is really wonderful. I watched many recipes from YouTube finally fixed this. All should try.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Ann :)

  • Ann

    This I tried with prawns as well without carrot it also came out good.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Ann :) Good to know that this recipe works well for prawns too.. Thanks a lot for sharing that info here..