Chilli chicken recipe( dry and gravy)

Chilli chicken dry recipe | chilli chicken gravy recipe

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

Serving chilli chicken in a serving plate

Chilli chicken are everyone's favorite. It is especially for all the foodies and cooking enthusiasts.

Chilli chicken is versatile, yummy and extremely easy to make. And the best part is you can easily make it like restaurant style. If you have been looking for such a chilli chicken recipe, you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide on how to make chilli chicken recipe at home like restaurant style.

What is chilli chicken?

Chilli chicken is Desi Chinese cuisines most popular stir fried chicken recipe. Batter coated marinated chicken pieces are first deep fried and then stir fried with different sauces and vegetables.

Who invented chilli chicken?

Popular theories suggest 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.  You can easily make this delicious dish at your home without any great efforts.

Ingredients required for chilli chicken
  1. Boneless chicken leg or breast pieces cut into small bite size cubes.
  2. Herbs like ginger, garlic, green chili, green spring onions and red onion.
  3. Cube size vegetables like capsicum, red yellow bell peppers and onion.
  4. Sauce like red chilli sauce, dark soya sauce and green chili sauce (optional)
  5. White pepper powder, sat and cooking oil.
  6. Corn flour, all purpose flour and beaten egg.
  • Chilli chicken dry and 
  • Chilli chicken gravy 
Among them chilli chicken dry is most preferred and popular chilli chicken recipe.

Serving suggestions

Chilli chicken dry is generally served as an appetizer or snacks. It is served with schezwan sauce or sweet chilly sauce. And other popular side dishes that work nice with it are hakka noodles and fried rice.

Whereas chilli chicken gravy is served as main course dish along with chicken fried rice and noodles.

Tips to make juicy and tender chilli chicken
  • Marinate the chicken pieces for 1 - 2 hours.
  • Make a good batter for frying the chicken. Use beaten egg in batter to help to keep the chicken moist from inside.
  • Don't over cook them while frying in oil otherwise they will become dry.
  • You can brine the chicken pieces for few hours to make it more tender and juicy.

Steps to make chilli chicken 

Marinate and coating

Get all the stuffs ready and keep on the site of cooking. This will not only safe your time but also help to make a dish perfect. Mise en place like a professional kitchen.
First cut chicken into small bite size pieces and apply salt, red chilly sauce and red chilly paste ( or green chili paste).

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

Next make a batter with corn flour, all purpose flour and beaten eggs . Add small pinch of salt, red chilly paste and ginger garlic paste into the batter and mix nicely.  Coat the chicken pieces with this batter evenly from all sides and keep marinated for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavours. 

Coating batter with chicken for Chilli chicken recipe

 Get vegetables and sauces ready

 Cut capsicum, onion and bell peppers into cube size. Similarly chopped garlic, ginger, onion and spring onions ( green scallions). Keep dark soya sauce, vinegar, white pepper powder, chilly paste and chilly sauce by your side.

Diced capsicum and onions for Chilli chicken recipe

Make a slurry by mixing corn flour with water in a small bowl. Mix corn flour with 1/2 cup water and keep aside to use later.

Corn flour slurry in a bowl for Chilli chicken recipe

Frying the Chicken pieces

Heat oil in a kadai or deep vessel pan on medium flame heat. When the oil become hot, lower the flame to low and carefully add the batter coated chicken pieces one by one into the oil.

Deep fried chicken pieces for chilli chicken recipe

Stir frying

 Heat oil in a wok or a non stick pan in high heat flame. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Then add chopped onions and fry till translucent.
Next add capsicum and onion cubes and saute in high flame.

Stir frying ginger garlic and onion capsicum for Chilli chicken recipe

Add little water and simmer for 30 seconds. After that lower the flame and add the fried chicken pieces and sauces like dark soya sauce, tomato sauce and red chilly sauce.

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

Then add white pepper powder, salt and corn flour slurry. Stir to incorporate everything. When sauces start to thicken and  coat the chicken pieces nicely sprinkle some chopped spring onions and mix well. Taste the seasoning and  remove the chilli chicken. This is how you can make dry chilli chicken.

For chicken chili gravy

Steps are same as chilli chicken dry recipe just need to add more amount of water in the above steps after sauteing chopped ginger, garlic, onion and cubes of capsicum and onion.

Adding water with chopped garlic ginger onion and  capsicum, onion cubes for Chilli chicken gravy recipe

Adjust the salt and spices according to your taste. If the gravy is thin then add little more corn flour slurry.
Use white pepper powder instead of black pepper powder and green chili paste white making the gravy for chilli chicken.  Kashmiri red chilly paste is also used in restaurant style chicken chilly recipe to give it the nice glossy color. Use boneless chicken leg pieces to make it. Use one cup full water for making the gravy. And to make it thick pour corn flour slurry slowly into the gravy.
Sprinkle some chopped green scallions and remove. Chilli chicken gravy is best to serve with  Chicken fried rice  or with veg  hakka noodles.

Pouring spring onions into chilli chicken gravy recipe

Chilli chicken recipe without coating

You can make chilli chicken without coating with corn flour and maida. After marinating it with red chilly sauce, red chilly paste and salt, shallow fry them in a non stick pan with 1/2 teaspoon oil till crisp golden and tender from all sides. Remove and follow the remaining instructions to make it.

Chilli chicken with bone

Generally Chilli chicken is made with boneless chicken leg pieces or breast pieces but you can make it with bone in chicken pieces as well. 
Chilli chicken with bone are more taste. For this the chicken pieces should be cut into small bite size pieces with bone in. Follow all the given instructions as below just replacing the boneless chicken with bone in chicken.

Andhra style chilli chicken

This is a popular chicken starter recipe in banglore. This andhra chilli chicken is also known as green chilli chicken. It is very spicy. 
Boneless chicken pieces are marinated with ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, lemon juice and  coarsely crushed onions. And cooked till tender with ghee. Then stir fry with cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chillies and with a green paste made with coriander leaves and green chili.
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Chilli chicken recipe

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

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.
Prep time     cooking time      serving
15 min.          10 min                       2
Author :- Mobasir hassan

  • 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 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onion green
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  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, all purpose flour and beaten egg 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 

  1.  Now heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a wok or pan and fry the chopped garlic and ginger till light brown in high flame.
  2. Add the half of the chopped onions and fry till translucent.
  3. Add the diced.onion and capsicum and stir in high flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the fried chicken pieces, red chilly sauce and red chilli paste and mix very well.
  5. Pour little water and mix everything well.
  6. Now pour 3 - 4 teaspoon corn flour slurry. Mix well and simmer.
  7. Mix the dark soya sauce, salt and white pepper powder.
  8. Check the seasoning and sprinkle some chopped spring onions.
  9. When all the sauces coat them evenly and the mixture become dry, remove and serve hot sprinkling some chopped spring onions.

Making chicken chilli gravy 

  1. Add 1 cup water in step 5 above and simmer for 1 minute. Add salt and white pepper powder.
  2. Add dark soya sauce and 3 - 4 teaspoon corn flour slurry and simmer.
  3. The gravy start to thicken now, check the seasoning and the desired thickness of the gravy.
  4. Pour chopped spring onions and remove to serve immediately with noodles and fried rice.

        chicken chill gravy recipe video

                         Nutritional value
                         (Serving size 1 serving) 
  • Calories : 284
  • Fats : 15 g
  • Protein : 27.6 g
  • Carbohydrate : 7.8 g
                                Serving tips
  • Chilli 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.

Step by steps with photos for Chilli chicken gravy recipe 

Serving chilli chicken gravy recipe

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 1 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 everything to 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 gravy.

Adding water in chilli chicken mixture for Chilli chicken gravy recipe

6. Let it simmer further and add 3 to 4 teaspoon corn flour slurry and dark soya sauce.
Adding dark soya sauce for Chilli chicken gravy recipe

7. Adjust the color of the chilli chicken gravy  if necessary add little more dark soya sauce. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and cook for a while till the gravy become little thicken.
 Remove them in a portion bowl and serve hot.
Pouring spring onions into chilli chicken gravy recipe

Originally the color for both chicken chilli dry and gravy is light dark brownish in color.

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.

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