Chilli chicken recipe how to make chili chicken dry and gravy

Chilli chicken dry recipe | chilli chicken gravy recipe

Serving chilli chicken in a plate for Chilli chicken recipe
Chilli chicken

Chilli chicken is a fusion recipe of Indo Chinese Cuisines which is spicy and little bit of sour.  It is not that too much hot or spicy like the name suggest.

You can define it as deep fried batter coated chicken pieces stir fried with different sauces and vegetables. Red chilly sauce, soya sauce are used to make it.

Chilli chicken recipe can be divided into two parts :-

1. Chilli chicken dry recipe and 

2. Chilli chicken gravy recipe

It is said that during the year of 1975 , Nelson Wang invented this famous chilli chicken recipe.

Chilli chicken recipe Indian style is served in most of the restaurants and hotels and  you can easily make this delicious dish at home without any great effort.

Below I am sharing  how to make chili chicken dry recipe and Chilli chicken gravy recipe in restaurant style.

If you love Chilli chicken recipe then I am sure you will love the  Chilli paneer recipe , Quick Gobi Manchurian recipe and How to make chicken fingers recipe as well.

Read the full recipe of Yummy chicken 65.

Another popular Indo Chinese dish called chicken Manchurian is now a days served like chilli chicken. Through these two have some differences but served as same as chilli chicken.

What is difference between Chilli chicken and chicken Manchurian?

Though both recipe uses the same sauces , in chilli chicken diced capsicum and onions are used which is absent in chicken Manchurian.

Another difference in between them  is the green chilli. In Manchurian chopped chilli is used whereas in chilli chicken slits green chili is used.

There are some more varieties of chilli chicken are served like green chili chicken , Andhra style chilli chicken and schezwan chilli chicken.

Tips to make chicken tender and juicy in chilli chicken recipe :-

• Marinate the chicken pieces for 1 - 2 hours.

• Make a good coating while frying the chicken pieces in oil. Use beaten egg in coating. A good coating help to keep the chicken moist inside it.

• Don't over cook it while frying otherwise it will become dry.

• You can brine the chicken pieces for few hours to make it more tender and juicy.

Chilli chicken recipe

Chilli chicken gravy serving with garnished plate for chicken chilli gravy recipe
Chilli chicken gravy

Chicken chilli is a popular Indo Chinese recipe which is served both as dry and gravy. You can make restaurant style chilli chicken at home and serve with noodles and fried rice.

Preparation time :- 15 minutes

Cooking time :- 10 minutes

Total time :- 25 minutes

Yields :- 2 servings

Author :- Mobasir hassan

Ingredients :-

   • 250 g boneless chicken leg pieces

   • 1 teaspoon red chilly paste

   • 1 teaspoon red chilly sauce

   • 1 teaspoon dark soya sauce

   • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar (optional)

   • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

   • 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger

   • 1/2 cup chopped onion

   • 1 medium onion cut into dice

   • 1 green capsicum cut into dice

   • 1 green chili ( Slits)

   • 1/2 teaspoon green chilli paste ( optional)

   • 1/3 teaspoon White pepper powder

   • 1/2 cup corn starch ( flour)

   • 2 teaspoon all purpose flour ( Maida)

   • 1 beaten egg

   • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions

   • Salt as per taste

   • 1 teaspoon cooking oil

   • Oil for deep frying

How to make the recipe


   1. First cut the chicken pieces into bite size
       pieces and mix with half of red chilli
       paste, red chilly sauce and little salt.
       Marinate for 10 minutes.

   2. Cut onion and capsicum into diced
       shaped size.

   3. Mix corn flour and all purpose flour
       with the marinated chicken pieces
       nicely to coat.

   4. Heat oil and deep fry them till crisp
       golden and remove in a tissue paper
       to absorb any excess oil.

   5. Make a slurry by mixing 1 teaspoon
       corn flour with half cup water.

Making chicken chilli dry

   6. Now heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a wok and
       fry the chopped garlic and ginger till
       light brown in high flame.

   7. Add the half of the chopped onions and
       fry till translucent.

   8. Add the diced.onion and capsicum and
       stir in high flame for 1 minute.

   9. Add the fried chicken pieces, red chilly
       sauce and red chilli paste and mix very

  10. Pour 2 teaspoon water and mix
         everything well.

  11. Now pour 3 - 4 teaspoon corn flour
        slurry and mix very well.

  12. Mix the dark soya sauce, salt and
        white pepper powder.

  13. Check the seasoning and sprinkle
        some chopped spring onions and
        remove. Serve hot.

Making chicken chilli gravy

  14. Add 1 cup water in step 10 above and
        simmer for 1 minute. Add salt and
        white pepper powder.

  15. Add dark soya sauce and corn flour
        slurry and cook.

  16. The gravy start to thicken now, check
         the seasoning and desired thickness
         of the gravy.

  17. Pour chopped spring onions and
        remove to serve immediately with
        noodles and fried rice.


       Video for  chicken chill gravy 

                         Nutritional value
                         (estimate only)          

Chilli chicken  calorie  :- 284 Cal

Carbohydrate :- 7 g

Fats :- 15 g | Protein :- 27 g

                          Serving tips

• Chlli chicken dry is served as an appetizer or snacks. And whereas chilli chicken gravy is served as main dish

• Fried rice like egg fried rice, chicken fried rice are good options to serve along with chilli chicken

• Noodles is another good side dish for chili chicken.

                        Recipe note

• You can add schezwan sauce in the recipe to make it schezwan chilli chicken.

• Use of green chili paste is optional. It is used to increase the hotness of the dish.

• You can mix all the sauces in a cup and pour into the mixture at a time and stir fry with the chicken pieces.

• Take a cup and mix red chilli sauce , red chilly paste, vinegar , tomato sauce and dark soya sauce and mix well .  Add little water into it.After sauteeing the chicken pieces , add this sauces mixture with chicken pieces and coat well stir frying.

• Red Chilly Paste is used to give it the desired colour . You can use paprika or Kashmiri chilly powder as well in place of chilly paste.

•  You can make chilli chicken using with bone chicken also. Trust me it really taste well with with bone chicken.

You can read the step by step photos and instructions for making the chicken chilli dry recipe and chicken chilli gravy recipe


Dark soya sauce,red chilli sauce, red chilly paste, vinegar for Chilli chicken recipe
Red chilly paste, soya sauce, Chilli sauce and vinegar

Whiite pepper, tomato sauce and salt for Chilli chicken recipe
Pepper, tomato sauce and salt

Ginger Garlic onion capsicum green chili spring onions for chilli chicken recipe
Chopped ginger garlic onion spring onions diced capsicum onion green chili

Step by step method for Chilli chicken dry recipe :-

Serving in plate chilli chicken dry recipe
Chilli chicken dry

1. First cut the chicken pieces into bite size cubes about 1/2 inch long.

2. Take a mixing bowl and mix the chicken pieces with half of the red chilly paste, red chilly sauce  and a small pinch of salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.

Chicken cubes with Red chilly paste and red chilly sauce for Chilli chicken recipe

3. In the meantime you can cut and chopped all your mise en plus. For chilli chicken , cut the onion and capsicum into dice shaped.

Diced capsicum and onions for Chilli chicken recipe
Diced capsicum onion

4. Now you can make a batter of corn flour and all purpose flour with water to coat the chicken pieces. If you are preparing large quantities of chilli chicken then it is better to make a batter to coat the chicken pieces. Otherwise for a small portion like this just follow the step below.

5. Directly add half of the corn flour and 2 teaspoon all purpose flour and a beaten egg with the chicken pieces and mix..

Mixing corn flour and all purpose flour with chicken for Chilli chicken recipe
Coating with corn and all purpose flour and egg

6. Heat oil in a deep vessel pan and deep fry the chicken pieces till crisp golden. Remove them in a tissue paper to absorb excess oil.

Deep fried chicken pieces for chilli chicken recipe
Deep frying

7. After that make a batter of corn flour with water and keep to use later.

Corn flour and water mixture for Chilli chicken recipe
Corn flour water mixture

8. In a wok or pan heat 1 teaspoon oil and saute the chopped garlic and ginger in high flame till light brown.

9. Add half of the chopped onions and further saute in high flame till onion become translucent.

10. Further add the diced shaped onion and capsicum and stir continuously in high flame for 1 minute.

Stir frying ginger garlic and onion capsicum for Chilli chicken recipe
Stir frying

11. Now  add the deep fried chicken pieces and stir and mix . Further add the remaining red chilly paste and red chilly sauce and mix well.

Stir frying chicken with onions capsicum ginger garlic for Chilli chicken recipe
Stir frying fried chicken

12. If you want to make it little more hot and spicy then add the green chilli paste and stir to mix well.

13. Now pour 3 - 4 teaspoon corn flour water into the chicken mixture and mix . Add salt and pepper and stir .

14. Further add the dark soya sauce and chopped spring onions .

15. Taste the seasoning and color of the chilli chicken. If required add more dark soya sauce to adjust the color. Remove when the the chicken mixture become dry and saucy in a plate . Topped with chopped spring onions and serve hot the easy chilli chicken.

You can read more Indo Chinese recipe like Chicken lollipop recipe.  Crisp honey chicken recipe and  Crusty fried chicken wings recipe

Chilli chicken gravy recipe :-

Serving chilli chicken gravy recipe
Chilli chicken gravy

Ingredients :-

For the gravy all the ingredients mentioned above are same as Chilli chicken gravy recipe.

Step by step method :-

The method of preparation for chilli chicken gravy is also as same as Chilli chicken dry till water is added for gravy in chilli chicken gravy.

1.  Take a wok or deep vessel pan and heat 2 teaspoon oil and add the chopped ginger and garlic and saute in high flame till light golden.

2. Add  1 cup chopped onion and further saute till onions become translucent.

3. Further add the diced onions and capsicum and saute in high flame for 1 minute.

4. Now add the chicken pieces , red chilly paste, red chilly sauce and green chili paste. Stir and mix.

5. Pour one full cup water into the mixture and simmer for a while. Then add the salt pepper and spring onions into the chicken.

Adding water in chilli chicken mixture for Chilli chicken gravy recipe
Adding water and corn flour water mixture

6. Let it simmer further and add the corn flour water mixture and dark soya sauce.

Adding dark soya sauce for Chilli chicken gravy recipe
Adding dark soya sauce

7. Adjust the color of the chilli chicken gravy  if necessary add little more dark soya sauce. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and remove in a portion bowl and serve when the sauce become little thick.

Pouring spring onions into chilli chicken gravy recipe
Sprinkle spring onions

Originally the color for both chicken chilli dry and gravy is light dark brownish in color.
If you love chicken chili gravy recipe then you would love the recipe of Chicken lollipop gravy recipe.

Try this Chilli chicken gravy with Cauliflower Manchurian fried rice recipe.



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