December 21, 2005

Chilly chicken

Here is yet another hot chicken favorite of My Dhaba - the chilly chicken. Chicken being the common meat we have at home, we learned that kids have a special liking towards chicken dishes when compared to goat/lamb/beef meats perhaps due to its succulent tenderness than a tough, chewy mess. :-) Any point of differences?

Chilly chicken recipe

Chicken – ½ kg, boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
Onion – 2, medium size, finely sliced
Ginger – ½ inch size, finely chopped and crushed
Garlic – 2 beads, finely chopped and crushed
Tomato – 1, big size, fully ripe, pureed; or alternatively use 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce
Green chillies – 3, medium size, medium hot, finely chopped
Capsicum - 1, sliced length-wise
Red chilly powder – 1 teaspoon
Black pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
All purpose flour – 2 tablespoons
Soya sauce – 3 teaspoons
Vinegar – 2 teaspoons
Salt – ½ teaspoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon

Method: Mix well the flour, chilly powder, black pepper powder, soya sauce, vineger, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, and salt. Add the chicken pieces to this marinade and marinate it covered for 2-4 hours in a refrigerator. Heat oil in a fry pan and when the oil is very hot, add the onions and saute till slightly golden. Add the marinated chicken pieces and capsicum and saute on low heat for 30 to 35 minutes or until the chicken is tender taking care not to burn the chicken pieces by stirring continually. Sprinkle a litte hot water only whenever needed while cooking. Serve it hot garnished with onion rings, lemon wedges, tomato slices, and/or fresh green chillies as a main entrée or as appetising snacks. Enjoy!



Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Chilly chicken looks yummy. I have written all your chicken recipes in my cook book. When I visit India, I am going to flatter my dad with all your recipes. My dad cooks non-veg so tasty. My dad is going to be suprised. Thanks for sharing this recipe

Blogger Swamy VKN said...

In return, we will get your dad's traditional recipes too right. Wow! I like all that is cooked in Kerala. Btw, when is ur vacation plan.

Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Yeah sure, will come with more recipes from home. I am taking break from Jan to March Vkn. Will spend my winter break there and back for spring here:)

Blogger mae said...

mmm chillies...

Blogger Nupur said...

Looks so delicious. Being a veggie an all - This pic makes me wanna try chicken!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This chicken dish is Awesome!!!!It's got a perfect texture. will try this sometime soon!

Blogger rums said...

this is simply wonderful, i have been thinking about making some chilly chicken for ages, thanks for posting this recipe :)

Blogger Swamy VKN said...

Priya - hope you will get us the updates sneaking some time out during ur vacation :-)

Mae - isn't it so tempting?

Nupur - starting on a vegan diet is something I would like to pursue like my mom did, perhaps after 1 or 2 decades. Long way to go :-)

Lera - thanks. The soy sauce makes all the difference.

Rums - you are most welcome. it would be a delight if you could let us know how it came out at your kitchen? Thanks.

Blogger Deepa Chilaka said...


Tried this recipe last night after I found it in my massive search for the 'perfect' Chilly Chicken recipe. I have tried a lot of recipes from various food blogs but by far, I have to say, your recipes have been the most satisfying. The chicken was 'yummylicious'. Thank you for bringing back a taste of India to my eager soul:) Keep posting...Great recipes:)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i dont know much abt cooking,this chicken looks yum,but was wondering how come the chicken is so well coated without being deep fried.

Blogger Dee..... said...

I had stopped trying new recipes for quite some time due to my complete failure to get the taste right. Didn't know if i was doing it wrong or was the recipe not good enough. But finally i got something right..i am extremely happy...your recipe is superb. It tasted really really GOOD!! I am gonna try your other recipes..Thank you very much.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried your recipe and my family loved it! Good one!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome recipe...i tried it...itcame out pretty well

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really nice :P Tried it for the first time and came out very well. Thanks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Recipe!!
What I have done differently is to first fry the chicken in hot oil ( without the marinade) then saute the onions , chicken and bell peppers separately before adding the marinade to the pan.Fry till marinade almost thickens.

Blogger Marshall Family said...

mmmmm yum how delicious! thank you for sharing! x

Blogger Varsha Vipins said...

1st time here..U got a lovely space n this is a yummy recipe..:)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks awesome...and healthy version too.I make chili chicken little bit differently .I should try this one out......You can check out my version of chilli chicken @

Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks yummy ... did u know that chilly chicken is originated from india and not china ?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good recipe. When i did for the first time y'day, it was a hit. Though i would to know how do you get that darkish red color?? like in your photo/sometimes like in most restaurants.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


it is chilly chicken at a dhaba! shitty!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ever since I tried this recipe, I never went searching for another "chilli chicken recipe". Thank you so much. I loved it. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous priti mistry said...

yummy....It's great recipe. Thanks for post recipe.

Anonymous priti mistry said...

yummy....It's great recipe. Thanks for post recipe.

Blogger Filarial said...

I just tried the recipe.. its awesome!.. :)

Anonymous Prashant said...

I tried your recipe and it was awesome, we loved it!

Blogger TexasTiger said...

Awesome.. I tried exactly the same recipe. It came so good. Good work. I like it.

Blogger Unknown said...

It came out well,but i agree with the colour and coating doesn't come as like in the picture.

Anonymous Siri said...

Awesome recipe... I am usually a very picky cook and choose the very best recipes.. I have been trying to find good recipes for chilli chicken and should agree that this is by far the best. I followed your recipe today and it is absolutely awesome

Blogger Unknown said...

WOW... it tastes good and my mouth was watering how i prepared it was awesome recipe and tastes wonderful. thank you for the recipe.. ("-")

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its luking yummmmmmmmmmmy I'll surely try it

Blogger Unknown said...

I have tried this dish & it was very good & testy.
thanks a lot.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was very good and tastes just like the chili chicken at our favorite indian restaurant.

I eliminated the green chillies and bell peppers (capsicum) and instead used 6-7 large jalapeno peppers cut lengthwise. I grilled the onions and jalapenos first for about 15-20mins on med-low heat to soften them up, then added the chicken and sauteed for about 30-45 minutes to make sure the jalapenos were nice & soft. It came out great and I'll definitely make again.

PS for others wondering the same thing as I was: 1/2kg = 1.1lbs; I also used 1 med finely chopped onion instead of two sliced and used ginger/garlic powder spices.

Blogger Sindhu B said...

This is an amature recipe for chilli chicken.As already commented by somebody the flour coating will not stick to the chicken if you follow the recipe.A good chilli chicken should have nice flour coating and then covered by the sauce.I would strongly discorage anyone from trying this

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not good as chilli chicken does not get a good flour coating

Blogger Unknown said...

Hi,my hsbnd liks chilli chickn, nw i saw dis method n gona try tomorow aftr made i wil tel u how i cookd,thanks for dis recipe.

Blogger Unknown said...

hi i am naseeb,my hsbnd liks chilli chickn so much,so i saw dis recipe to mak tomorrow,aftr mad i wil tel u how i cookd.

Anonymous archu said...

Hi, I came across this recipe and it looks delicious. I am planning to make it in advance in the afternoon for a dinner party, and then heat it again before serving. Anyone have any idea about how to reheat this dish without making the chicken hard and tough? It would be almost impossible for me to cook this right when all the guests have come for the party.

Anonymous Debabrata Bhattacharjee said...

I tried this recipe and came out excellent. Your recipe said one teaspoon of red chili powder but I used half tea spoon and still it was very hot. I used the red hili powder from indian grocery store. Did you suggest anything different type of chili powder. Thanks for posting the recipe.
Debabrata Bhattacharjee
Rochester NY USA

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice & tasty receipe . try it at least once & enjoy. kartar singh

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was short of cornflour and had a chilli chicken craving late at night!
Your recipe is simply awesome... the dish tasted just like those served in Indian buffets :-)
Looking forward to my lunch tomorrow... hope that my roomies sapre some for me!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tried this recipe. The flavor was awesome. However the chicken was cooked in 15 min since it was small pieces and the pieces were anluttle hard. Did u do something wrong? Or it's the chicken you get in US?

Blogger tanu said...

m gonna make dis 2day..hope dis taste luk yummy

Blogger tanu said...

i m gonna dis today..hope my brothers like it...

Blogger tanu said...

i m gonna dis today..hope dis taste gud :)

Anonymous kanwal said...

dark soya sauce or light sauce ?? plz help mee!!!

Anonymous Avanti said...

I made chilly chicken as per this recipe. It was awful. My family didn't ate it . Chicken was wasted. Don't follow this one.

Anonymous Avanti said...

i made this recipe. it was awful. Didn't came like that in the picture and it didn't taste like in the restaurants. chicken was wasted and my whole family didn't ate. don't follow this recipe.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey,cnt explain how desperatly i was finding out d recp 4 chilly chckn..thanku so so to tel u,my hubby giftd me 4 dis dish..he s crazy 4 cc..nd had 2 gv it my best shot..thnx a ton.

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Blogger SirYourCar said...

Great recipe. Most time consuming part was cutting all the garlic, onions, green peppers up. Would definitely recommend the 2 hours (maybe even overnight?) marination time. I think it probably makes a huge difference. Another tip is to keep stirring the chicken so it doesn't stick to your skillet and burn. This can happen easily because of the flour addition in the marinade. Since I used fresh tomatoes, I added a little less than a tablespoon of ketchup (I do this with a lot of my curries) and it added just the right amount of salt and sugar the dish needed. Also took me about 20 minutes on the stove rather than the suggested 35. Enjoy!

Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for your submission! I do enjoy Chilly chicken recipe and you Ingredients for made chilly chicken is so easy. classic Indian recipe books

Anonymous Scratching Canvas said...

Nice chilli chicken recipe with less amount of oil. I normally deep fry the chicken balls beforehand.I will love to try this one some time soon.

Blogger Unknown said...

Finger lickng gud...yummmy:)

Blogger Unknown said...

Tried it in home it was awesome. Everyone loved it. Enjoyed it!

Anonymous Mike said...

This is the best chicken chilli preparation which can be served with cocktail and other alcohol beverages. Here I must mention that your way of writing the post is very good and also very easy to understand.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Thank you for the easy and tasty recipe. I tried and it came out well.


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