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Jan 6, 2014

Chilli Chicken Dry / Indo-Chinese Chicken Recipe- Easy Chicken Appetizer Recipe

Last Month while updating my Non - Vegetarian Recipe Index, I noticed that I did not share any starter/appetizer recipes except Chicken 65 & Salmon Fish Fry. So decided to share some easy to make chicken starters like Chilli chicken, Chicken Kebab, Cutlets, Chicken Manchurian and few more recipes. Have cooked all these recipes, so stay tuned for these yummy Chicken Starters. Today's recipe is Chilli Chicken Dry version, this is an Indo-Chinese starter that is spicy & juicy fried chicken pieces sautéed in chilli sauce with onions & bell peppers.This is my own version and in this recipe I did not use any food colour, ajinomotto, vinegar & fancy sauces that most of the recipe uses. I prepared the chilli paste & made a simple sauce, believe me chilli chicken turned out so so good, flavorful and very delicious and matched 90% to the restaurant version. Hubby dear loved it a lot even my kids liked it even though its spicy they had it with tomato sauce. So this recipe need basic ingredients for an Indo-Chinese recipe and that give you restaurant style Chilli Chicken recipe. The recipe as follows...

Preparation Time : 10 Minutes
Resting Time :  15-20 minutes
Cooking Time :  15 minutes + 10 minutes.
Serves    2
For Marination
  1. Boneless Chicken     350 gm
  2. Ginger Garlic Chilli Paste     2 tsp (4 garlic, 1" ginger, 1 green chilli)
  3. Soy Sauce     1/2 tsp
  4. Salt     1/4 tsp
  5. Pepper Powder    1/4 tsp (optional)
For Batter
  1. Corn Flour     3 tbsp
  2. Maida/All purpose Flour    3 tbsp
  3. Water    1/2 cup 
For Chilli Sauce
  1. Dry Red Chilli     6 or 7 (spicy variety)
  2. Tomato sauce/Ketchup     1 tbsp
  3. Soy Sauce     1 tsp
  4. Sesame Oil    1 tsp
To saute Chilli Chicken
  1. Oil      1 tbsp
  2. Sesame Oil    1 tsp
  3. Garlic     1 tsp (finely chopped)
  4. Dry Red Chilli    2 no. (broken)
  5. Kashmiri Red chilli powder    1/2 tsp (optional)
  6. Onion    1/4 cup (sliced)
  7. Bell Pepper     1/4 cup (sliced - I used red, green, orange colored peppers)
  8. Cilantro     2 tsp (finely chopped)
  9. Spring Onion green -  2 tsp or more to garnish

  • Cut and wash chicken pieces, drain water completely and take it in a bowl, to it add soy sauce, ginger garlic paste, salt, pepper powder and mix everything well and keep aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Then soak 6 or 7 dry red chillies in 1/4 cup warm water and keep aside.
  • And then prepare batter using corn flour, maida and water and keep ready.
  • After marination, heat oil in a kadai to deep fry chicken pieces. when oil is heated, dip each piece in batter then drop in hot oil and fry till chicken pieces turn crisp.
  • And remove the fried chicken using slotted laddle and drain excess oil in paper towel.
  • Do repeat the same for all the chicken pieces. Now the chicken pieces are ready to make chilli chicken.
  • Now in a blender, add soaked dry red chilli with 1 tbsp water and blend it to a smooth paste.
  • And transfer the chilli paste to a small bowl, to it add soy sauce, tomato sauce, sesame oil and mix everything well and keep ready.
  • And then heat oil and sesame oil in a pan, add chopped garlic, broken red chilli and fry for few seconds.
  • Then add sliced onions and saute for a minute or less and add sliced capsicum/bell peppers and saute for a minute.
  • After that add the prepared chilli sauce, enough salt, kashmiri chilli powder and stir fry in medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • If you feel dry add 1 tbsp water and stir well.
  • And now add the fried chicken pieces and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once the chicken get nicely coated with the sauces switch off the stove. 
  • And lastly add cilantro and spring onion green.
  • That's it...Spicy & Yummy Chilli Chicken Dry ready. Serve hot as a starter or with Fried Rice. We had it with Egg Fried Rice(recipe coming soon).

The above recipe will give you a spicy Chilli Chicken, for medium hot -  reduce chilli to 4-5 or add more tomato ketchup.
If you like you can also add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar to the sauce.
Marinating chicken for at least 20-30 minutes will give you soft, juicy and spicy chicken.
While preparing the corn flour-maida batter, the batter consistency should be medium thin dropping consistency. And if the batter is over with the half chicken, make the same amount and use for the rest of the chicken.
I used boneless chicken thighs, you can also use breast chicken or tenderloins.


  1. Fingerlicking good chili chicken. Would love to have the whole bowl rite now.....:)

  2. Bright pictures.lovely color and the font

  3. awesome post Sangee, love your version without food colour and ajimomotto :) really a yummy treat, feel like grabbing and enjoying few pieces

  4. chilly chicken looks super yumm and very well explained.

  5. looks awesome it

  6. Wow Sangeetha.. the recipe looks quite good :) thanks for sharing :)

  7. wow they look so tempting sangee ..This really looks like restaturant plating ...

  8. Yummy method aks and love the method too.bookmarking the recipe.

  9. very beautifully prepared chilli chicken love it Sangeetha, mouthwatering chilli chicken....

  10. Helpful step wise pics delcious luking chicken.

  11. wow such a tempting chicken dry with homemade red chili paste sangee, neatly presented!!!!

  12. Inviting clicks....tempting dish..Just love it...First time here...

  13. Ellame Homemade a? Kalakunga... Very good to look they are inviting. Even with the home made red chilli sauce, you got a bright red colour which is very appealing.

  14. WOW... this looks so tempting... yum...

  15. liked your presentation sangee.. it looks so colorful with this yummy chicken :)

  16. wow super tempting chicken,wanna grab the bowl:)

  17. halo,,
    i am a non indian,love and enjoy all
    your home cooked goodies n i must said:
    great thanks for your kind sharing n tips n all
    cooking method in detail,,appreciates so much,,
    and i shall cook all your super wonder chicken
    for our coming chinese new year,,'

    1. My Advance New Year Wishes to You!
      Thanks for your kind appreciation. Sure give it a try, definitely you will like it...Also don't forget to share your feedback.

    2. i added a bit of food coloring it turned out perfecto

    3. Wonderful!!!
      Love it!!

  18. Mouthwatering. Loved the clicks too

  19. i tried it ... it was my 1st attempt and i did not get to eat . ;) .. haha... all of it was eaten coz of its taste... thanku 4 the recipe :D

  20. Thanks for share. I really excited to read this blog. I am also from chef background and love to enjoy reading and learning new things.

  21. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe. I will definetly try this on coming weekend.

  22. In the batter mix, it says half cup of water, but how much is that in millilitres. I`m from Uk and we dont use cup measurements. Is it a fhick or thin batter mix. Thanks.

  23. Appox 150 ml and neither thick nor thin batter

    1. medium thick batter...if u dip and remove a chicken piece batter should be completely covered as a thin layer, hope this helps!!

  24. Thanks for this lovely recipe...having guests over and was looking for this when I came across your recipe.
    Its easier to execute with less fancy and looks yummy too.

  25. #superlike it :-) ty fir sharing this made my day

  26. Hi I've tried your recipe quite a few times and I love it! It turns out delicious and no matter how much I make, it gets gobbled up in minutes. Thanks for sharing your talent and the helpful step by step pictures :)

    1. Thank you so much for your prompt feedback, glad you loved it. Thanks again!

  27. Its really an awesome recipe and lovely catches too..

  28. I am making this for x-mas party.

  29. fab sangeetha...i am fond of chicken and you made my day with this amazing mouth-watering chillli chicken, thanks for sharing and great work.

  30. Just tried this recipe and it was delicious!! Didn't have time to make the chili paste but used sambal instead; everyone loved it!

  31. After coating the marinated chicken with the batter, while frying the batter it become mess. All the batter sticked to the bottom of the pan

    1. Heat the oil to test the oil temperature,drop small portion of batter into the oil if it comes up immediately then it is the right temperature. Then add the chicken pieces and fry in medium heat until it turns crisp and golden brown. If the oil is not hot or over heated it may happen. Also use deep kadai or pan to fry or if frying in regular pan use little more oil to deep fry.

    2. where do I get the ingredients?

  32. I tried out your chilli chicken recipe today.. It turned out brilliant, almost restaurant standard
    Thanks for sharing !

  33. The chilli chicken turned out brilliant , almost restaurant standard!
    Thanks for sharing !

  34. The chilli chicken turned out excellent. Thanks for the pictures, tips and the recipe.

  35. SUPER KEKA. I TRIED SAME AND ESCELLENT. NOW WORDS............................................


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