Easy Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry

Easy Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry

 

Easy Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry

Now make Chinese Chilli Chicken easily at home with this recipe that’ll give you the real deal restaurant style taste! A super simple recipe with juicy chicken, a sweet and spicy sauce and lots of onions and capsicum to snack on.

Easy Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry in a black wok.
I love Indo Chinese food and I’m damn serious about Chinese chilli chicken. I’ve only been having chilli chicken for the last 30 years of my life (yes, I’m that old!) and it’s only like my favorite starter to order when we go out.

how to make chilli chicken in 6 easy steps
Step by step picture collage showing how to marinate chicken
Chicken Batter
The batter is really simple – just add all the ingredients and mix to combine. Ensure there are no lumps in the batter. The ingredients that go into this mix are meant to season the chicken as well so be sure to season, taste and adjust to your liking!

2. Coat

Add small bite sized chunks of boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (the best for this recipe) to the batter. Mix everything together and allow it to marinate for at least an hour to get the best results. It’s always best to marinate for a long duration. You can even marinate it overnight – just seal the chicken in an airtight container and place it in the fridge.

Step by step picture collage showing how to deep fry chicken
3. Deep Fry

The chicken is fried on high heat (approx 350F), for approx 4-5 minutes till the outer coating is a deep golden brown on both sides. If the oil is too hot, you risk undercooking the chicken and if the oil is too cold, then you might over cook the chicken making it tough and chewy.

Step by step picture collage showing how to make sauce and stir fry
4. Sauce

Always prep all ingredients before you begin to stir fry. The most important is the sauce mix. This allows you to taste and adjust the seasoning beforehand. Chinese cooking is all about speed. If you end up spending extra time adjusting the sauce while stir frying, you could overcook the whole dish!

5. Saute

Saute on high heat! Keep the heat as high as it can go and quickly stir fry all the mentioned ingredients. The high heat will ensure the aromatics and vegetables are tender but still remain crunchy. If you saute it for too long or on low heat, they tend to get soggy and lose all the natural crispness.

Step by step picture collage showing how to add sauce and finish cooking the chilli chicken
6. Toss

The final step is to add the fried chicken and sauce mix and toss everything together. This is where all the magic happens. You can smell each ingredient and see the whole dish come to life in this step. As the sauce thickens, the elements all come together and get coated with a glossy sauce. And voila! Restaurant style Chilli Chicken made in the comfort of your own home.

Easy Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry in a black wok.

chilli chicken dry vs chilli chicken gravy
This recipe is really forgiving. The steps listed below are for dry chilli chicken, but you can easily make this with more gravy. All you’ll need to do is double the ingredients for the sauce, use 1 cup water and cornflour. Then just proceed with the recipe as is.

 

Easy recipe for Indian Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry. This will give you fool proof restaurant style chinese chilli chicken every single time! It’s sweet and sour, crispy and spicy. You can also make it with gravy, but dry is our favorite.

Ingredients
For the Batter:
▢500 grams Chicken thighs / chicken breasts boneless cut into ¾ inch pieces
▢3 tablespoons All purpose flour maida
▢3 tablespoons Cornflour cornstarch
▢½ teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
▢1 tablespoon dark Soy sauce
▢1 tablespoon Chilli sauce
▢½ teaspoon Kashmiri Chilli powder paprika
▢½ teaspoon Black Pepper powder
▢1 Egg
▢Oil for Frying
For the Sauce:
▢2 tablespoon dark Soy sauce
▢1 tablespoon Chilli sauce
▢2 tablespoons Tomato ketchup
▢½ teaspoon Chilli powder
▢1 teaspoon Synthetic Vinegar
▢¼ cup Water
For the Stir Fry:
▢1 ½ tablespoons Vegetable oil neutral flavored like canola, rice bran or sunflower
▢3-4 Green chillies slit lengthwise
▢1 teaspoon finely chopped Garlic
▢1 teaspoon finely chopped Ginger
▢3 medium Onions cut into 1 inch squares, approx 1.5 cups
▢1 medium green Capsicum cut into 1 inch squares, approx 1 cup
▢2 tablespoon finely chopped Spring onions (green part only)
Instructions

In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients listed under marinade (flour, cornflour, ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, chilli sauce, chilli powder, pepper powder and egg) and add chicken. Set aside for 15 minutes to an hour.
Heat oil for deep frying in a deep pan or kadhai to the depth of ¾ inches. Once the oil is hot enough (approx 350 F), start adding the chicken pieces and deep fry for 5-6 minutes, turning once or twice till golden brown on both sides. Take the chicken pieces out on a tray lined with tissue to absorb any extra oil and set aside.
In the meanwhile, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce (soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, chilli powder and vinegar) with ¼ cup water and set aside.
In another wok or kadhai, heat one and a half tablespoons oil and add green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute or so and add the cubed onions. Stir fry on high heat for 2-3 minutes and add the capsicum and fried chicken. Toss together and cook for 2 minutes. This helps the chicken take on the smoky flavor from the capsicum.
Add the sauce to the chicken on high heat and toss well till the sauce coats the chicken. Stir fry for a minute or two and switch off the flame. Top with spring onions and serve immediately!

Notes
Prep: Keep all the ingredients chopped and ready to go before starting the cooking process. As with most Indo-Chinese dishes, the stir-frying bit has to happen quickly and on a high flame. You will not have time to chop or look for ingredients once you start cooking
Wok: A well-seasoned wok adds an intense smoky flavour to the dish – this is what restaurants use for all Chinese cooking and what gives the food that distinct smoky flavour. I would suggest using a wok for Asian dishes in general. If you do not have one you can use a pan or a kadai.
Red Colour: Most restaurants use red food colour which gives chilli chicken its distinct colour, but at home, Kashmiri chilli powder does the same work. The colour is more orange than red but that’s the only difference
MSG: I don’t have strong opinions about MSG. Most restaurants use them in Chinese cooking and it definitely boosts the flavour of food. I generally don’t use it at home
Cut of Chicken: I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The key is to fry them on high heat for only a few minutes so the chicken doesn’t dry out.
Chilli Chicken with Gravy: To make this with gravy, double the ingredients for the sauce and use 1 cup water along with 1 ½ teaspoon cornflour to make this more saucy
Nutrition
Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 648IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron:2mg