Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chilli Chicken

Chilli chicken needs no introduction. An Indo-Chinese delight that is very common in every restaurant. The inspiration behind this dish is my dida (grand mother from Maa's side). When I was in school, a visit to her ensured that chilli chicken would be on the menu. She, I can guarantee prepares the best fried rice and chilli chicken.



With this recipe, I dare not match her skills in the kitchen. This is my first try at chilli chicken and I was bit apprehensive about the end result. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it came out. Of course, it was no where near to her's! :)

Ingredients:


  1. Chicken - 400 grams boneless and cut in small pieces
  2. Oil - 5 tbsp
  3. Onions - 2 nos medium size sliced
  4. Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  5. Garlic cloves - 6-7 pcs
  6. Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  7. Capsicum - 1 no. small and cut in cubes
  8. Egg - 1 no.
  9. Corn flour - 3 tbsp
  10. Soy sauce - 3 tbsp
  11. Chilli sauce - 3 tbsp
  12. Tomato sauce - 3 tbsp
  13. Green chillies - 4 nos sliced
  14. Salt to taste (Remember soy sauce contains salt, so be careful)

Preparation:

Marinading and Frying the Chicken

  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken.
  2. In a large enough bowl, add egg, corn flour, ginger garlic paste, half of the soy sauce, half of the chilli sauce and mix well.
  3. Allow the marinade to sit for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. In a wok, add 4 tbsp of oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and fry them till golden brown. You may fry the chicken in batches. Take care to ensure that the chicken pieces are fried on all sides.
  6. Take the fried chicken pieces out and keep aside.

Preparing the sauce

  1. In a wok, put in 1 tbsp of oil.
  2. Once hot, add the garlic cloves.
  3. Once the garlic cloves begin to get brown, add onions and capsicum. Saute till they start to lose color.
  4. Put in the sliced green chillies and saute for a few seconds
  5. Now put in red chilli powder, remaining portions of chilli sauce, tomato sauce and soy sauce. 
  6. Add water and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste. It is always recommended to taste the sauce before adding salt because as mentioned earlier, soy sauce contains salt.
  7. Add the fried chicken pieces. Mix so that the the chicken pieces are nicely coated with the sauce.
  8. Cook to bring the chilli chicken to the desired consistency. 
  9. Serve hot with noodles or fried rice.
Do share if you liked the recipe!!!

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