Chilli Chicken

Hellooo, how are you? Yep, its been almost a month since we met. First things first… we went to India for a small holiday. However, this gap between us wasn’t planned. I was hoping to catch up with you in between, but it didn’t work out. Anyways, now I’m back in Bahrain & the first thing I wanted to do was to just pop in here & say a quick hi to you. I’m sure you are in a joyous mood with all the festive celebrations. We also had a gala time back home, though it was a very hectic trip. I wanted to collect some recipes for you as well, but all I did was eat, eat & eat more! Haa… how I like it when somebody else has to bother about all the cooking nuances & my role is to just relish those wonderful dishes. Just thinking about it now, makes me hungry & miss all those home-cooked food :(

Ok, now let me ask you something…. Was chilli chicken the first thing that you used to order in a restaurant during your school/college days? During my school years, fried rice & chilli chicken was the most happening couple. So whenever we dined out, it used to be the standard menu. I remember my brother even getting angry at us, me & my cousin sisters, for ordering the same thing again & again, instead of trying out something new. Fast forward to present, my preferences have changed, but I still miss those deep dark red coloured chilli chicken that I used to have from Kerala hotels.

Btw, I’ve noticed something, most of the newly married girls, at least the ones I know, learn to cook fried rice & chilli chicken even before learning how to cook the basic everyday stuff. I was also included in that category ;) Were you also like that or are you planning to be like that? I’ve tried different versions of chilli chicken, but I wasn’t completely happy with any particular recipe. I always compared it to the taste of chilli chicken during my childhood days & I felt something was missing. Finally I got this recipe from one of Jose’s aunt. Its not exactly like what I used to have, but we both liked it very much.I think the ground green chilli gives a distinct flavour to this dish. So for the time being, I’m ending my search for chilli chicken recipe here.

Hope you too will like it.

Here is the recipe:

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Above is the picture of Chilli Chicken made by Ramya, based on the above recipe. Thanks dear :)

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Chilli Chicken

How to make the most favorite Indo Chinese recipe of Chilli Chicken. A simple & easy recipe. Great on its own or as a side for fried rice & noodles.
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Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose

Ingredients

  • 450 gms Chicken (cut into thin strips (I used boneless))

For marination:

  • 1.5 tbsp Chopped Ginger & garlic (each)
  • 3 Green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 Egg white (beaten)
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1.5 tbsp Soya sauce
  • Salt (refer notes)

For sauce:

  • 2 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Small – medium Capsicum (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Chopped Ginger & garlic ( each)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tomato sauce
  • Oil (I used Sunflower)
  • Salt (refer notes)

Instructions

  • Grind together ginger, garlic & green chilli, listed under marination, together to a fine paste by adding 1 tbsp water. Marinate the cleaned chicken strips with the ground paste & other items listed under marination. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, overnight refrigeration is the best.
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  • Heat oil in a pan & deep fry the chicken pieces till it becomes golden brown.
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  • Sauce Preparation:
  • Heat some oil (you can use the same oil, which is used for frying chicken pieces) in a deep pan. Add chopped onion, capsicum & salt and cook till it becomes soft (onion doesn't have to change color).
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  • Add chopped ginger & garlic. Saute for 2-3 mins.
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  • Mix Kashmiri chilli powder in 1 cup water. Add this to the sauce mixture. Let it boil.
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  • Add soya & tomato sauces. Mix well.
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  • Add fried chicken pieces. Mix well. Cover & cook till the sauce is reduced & chicken pieces are coated well with the sauce. Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.
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Notes

Though I used boneless chicken, I think it will taste great with boned chicken too. Make sure to cut chicken in small size pieces. Since soya sauce is added, be careful while adding salt. While frying the chicken pieces, make sure that it is not over fried. The chicken is ready when it becomes golden brown. You can add chicken cube to enhance the flavour. If using chicken cube, add it along with the sauces while making the gravy. Again, the chicken cube is salty, so be careful while adding salt.
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