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Chilli Chicken Recipe

Chilli Chicken is one of the most popular Chinese recipes all over India. It is usually served as an appetizer or as a side dish.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Bengali, Chinese, Indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories 230kcal


  • 400 grams

    Boneless Chicken

    However, you can use chicken flesh with bones as well.
  • 5 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3-5 tablespoon Maida or all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon a mixture of Cumin and Coriander powder
  • 1-1.5 tablespoon Ginger Garlic paste You can use chopped Ginger and Garlic as well.
  • 1-2 tablespoon Soya Sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoon Tomato Sauce
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-2 Dry red chilly
  • 2-3 large-sized Onions
  • 2 large-sized Capsicum cubed
  • 1 large-sized Tomato
  • 1-2 teaspoon chopped Garlic
  • Salt, Turmeric, Sugar as required
  • 3-4 cups Vegetable Oil


How to make Chilli Chicken - Step by Step recipe

    For marination -

    • Take a large bowl. Add Cornflour, Maida, Baking powder, Salt, and egg in it. Now mix all the ingredients very well.
    • Take a mixing bowl. Marinate the chicken pieces with the help of the above mixture. Keep some of the mixture aside which we will use later to cook the gravy

    Frying Chicken -

    • Take a heavy-bottomed pan or Kadhai. Heat required amount of oil in it.
    • Add the marinated chicken pieces in the heated oil. You can deep fry or shallow fry the chicken whichever you prefer.
    • Fry the chicken on medium heat until they are cooked well.
    • Keep stirring gently so that chicken cubes get cooked from all sides evenly.
    • When the chicken is cooked completely, keep those aside in a bowl. Drain the excess oil with a tissue paper.

    Cooking Chilli Chicken -

    • Now let's make the gravy. For gravy preparation, in the same pan or kadhai, add some more oil.
    • Temper the oil with 1-2 dry red chillies, bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon Panch Phoron(optional) or cumin seeds.
    • Add the cubed onions. Let it saute for 1-2 minute on medium-high flame till it turn light brown.
    • After that add the chopped ginger and garlic into the pan.
    • Then add the cubed capsicum, chopped tomatoes and slit green chillies. Fry those until they turn little soft.
    • Now add salt, turmeric, and a little bit of sugar. Also add a pinch of cumin and coriander powder. Mix all well.
    • After about a minute or two, pour the sauces one by one - Tomato sauce, Soy sauce, and Chilli sauce (optional).
    • Give it a nice mix. Saute the veggies along with the added ingredients for 3-5 minutes on medium-high flame.
    • After that add the chicken pieces. Mix it well so that the chicken pieces are well coated with the mixture. Let it cook for another 2 minutes.

    Gravy preparation -

    • Now is the time to add water to make the gravy.
    • If you want it to remain dry, just sprinkle little amount of water. Saute it on high flame for 2-3 minutes. Your dry chilli chicken recipe is done.
    • But if you want to have some gravy then follow the next steps.
    • Add the cornflour and maida mixture which we kept aside during marination.
    • Add required amount of water as per your preference. Turn the flame on high.
    • Cook it until the gravy is adjusted according to your choice. Turn off the flame.
    • Chilli Chicken gravy is ready to serve hot. Enjoy it with some fried rice or noodles.