chili chicken served in a white bowl.

Easy Chili Chicken with gravy recipe with step by step photos and a video. It is one of the popular chicken dish ordered in many restaurants in India.
You can serve chili chicken with egg fried rice, veg fried rice or noodles.

What is chili chicken?

Chili chicken is basically a chicken dish that is made with boneless chicken pieces. They are marinated in soya sauce, black pepper powder, salt, vinegar, corn flour, and egg. Marinated chicken pieces are then deep fried and again seasoned with sauces.

The best part of chili chicken is that the chicken pieces are crispy outside and soft and juicy inside. You will enjoy each bite with a yummy blast of flavors coming from the sauces, spices, and chicken itself.

You can serve it with any fried rice of your choice or with noodles.

Difference between chili chicken dry and with gravy?

Chili chicken may be dry or with gravy. The only difference is in the cooking process. For making dry chili chicken, you do not add cornflour slurry. On the other hand, for making chili chicken with gravy, you add cornflour slurry.

About this Indo Chinese Chili Chicken recipe:

The recipe I shared here is an Indo Chinese Chili Chicken recipe. This chili chicken is cooked in Indian style.

It tastes the same as served in Indian restaurants. You can adjust the sauces and spices as per your taste.

You might also like some other chicken recipes from the website:

  1. Butter Chicken
  2. Chicken tikka masala 
  3. Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Restaurant style chili chicken with gravy recipe | How to make chili chicken

Chili chicken that is crispy outside and soft and juicy inside.
Course Starter
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 277kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

For marinating the chicken:

  • 250 g boneless chicken
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp Maida all purpose flour

For making the chili chicken gravy:

  • 1/4 Cup spring onion greens
  • 1/4 Cup Capsicum cut into cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Onions cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 Green Chili
  • 7 Garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1- inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1 tsp Tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp Red chili sauce
  • Salt to taste

To make corn flour slurry (used in making gravy)

  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 2 tbsp Water

Instructions

Preparations to be done for making chili chicken:

  • In a mixing bowl, take a boneless chicken cut into cubes.
  • Now add black pepper powder, red chili powder (optional), salt, soya sauce, vinegar, ginger garlic paste, egg, corn flour and maida(all purpose flour). Mix it well.
  • Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Chop capsicum and onions into cubes.
  • Finely chop ginger and garlic. Also, spring onion greens. Keep it aside.
  • Slit a green chili.
  • Keep all the sauces and spices ready.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Deep fry the marinated chicken. Keep it aside.

Making the Chili chicken gravy recipe:

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in the pan.
  • Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
  • Next add onion cubes, capsicum cubes, and green chilies.
  • Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Now lower the flame.
  • Add 1 cup water and then cornflour slurry. Mix thoroughly to avoid lump formation for 2 minutes.
  • Turn the flame on medium and now add red chili sauce, tomato sauce, and soya sauce.
  • Stir it till it comes to a boil.
  • Add black pepper powder, salt, and vinegar. Mix it well.
  • Add fried chicken. Mix it and cook for a minute.
  • Sprinkle some spring onion greens on the top. Chili chicken gravy is ready.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  1. Take care while adding cornflour slurry. Do not add it to a hot pan directly. Reduce the flame and then add 1 cup water and after that add cornflour slurry and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  2. The temperature of the oil for deep frying the chicken pieces should not be too hot or cold.
  3. Do not make it ahead of time. Cook and serve instantly or else the chicken pieces will not remain crisp.

How to make Indo Chinese chili chicken step by step photos:

Preparations to be done for making chili chicken:

  1. In a mixing bowl, take a boneless chicken cut into cubes.
  2. Now add black pepper powder, red chili powder (optional), salt, soya sauce, vinegar, ginger garlic paste, egg, corn flour and maida(all purpose flour). Mix it well.
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

marinating the chicken pieces with black pepper and salt for chicken chili recipeAddition of ginger garlic paste and eggs for making chili chicken recipeaddition of cornflour to marinate the chicken for making chili chicken recipe

4. Chop capsicum and onions into cubes.
5. Finely chop ginger and garlic. Also, some spring onion greens. Keep it aside.
6. Slit a green chili.
7. Keep all the sauces and spices ready.

chili chicken recipe preparation8. Heat oil in a pan.
9. Deep fry the marinated chicken. Keep it aside.

Fry the marinated chicken to make indo chinese chili chicken recipe

Making the Chili chicken gravy recipe:

  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in the pan.
  2. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
  3. Next add onion cubes, capsicum cubes, and green chilies. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Now lower the flame. Add 1 cup water and then cornflour slurry. Mix thoroughly to avoid lump formation for 2 minutes.

Saute ginger, garlic, onion & capsicum cubes for 2 minutes

5. Turn the flame on medium and now add red chili sauce, tomato sauce, and soya sauce.
6. Stir it till it comes to a boil.

Addition of cornflour slurry and sauces to make chili chicken

7. Add black pepper powder, salt, and vinegar. Mix it well.

Addition of salt and black pepper to make chili chicken recipe

8. Add fried chicken. Mix it and cook for a minute.
9. Sprinkle some spring onion greens on the top. Chili chicken gravy is ready.

Making chili chicken recipe12. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips to make perfect chili chicken recipe:

  1. Cut the chicken pieces in small cubes.
  2. Keep the chicken pieces marinated for about 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. It will make the chicken pieces more juicer and flavorful.
  3. Do not over fry the chicken pieces. It will make the chicken pieces hard.
  4. While frying the chicken make sure the oil is not too hot. If you drop the batter in the oil, it should come up immediately but should not get brown quickly.
  5. If the oil is not hot enough then the chicken will absorb oil while deep frying it.
  6. Be careful while adding cornflour slurry to the pan. You will see lumps forming if you add the slurry on a very hot pan. Lower the flame and then add 1 cup water, stir it and then cornflour slurry. Adding water will reduce the temperature of the pan. Stir it continuously and you will not get lumps.
  7. Addition of red chili powder while marinating the chicken is optional. If you prefer spicy food then only add red chili powder or else you can omit it.
  8. If you do not have vinegar then replace it with lemon juice.
  9. All the sauces especially soya sauce have salt in it. Take care while adding salt to the recipe.
  10. If you are making it for kids, do not add green chili to the recipe.
  11. Also, do not make this dish ahead of time. It should be prepared and served immediately or else it will not remain crisp.

Please leave your valuable suggestions, feedback or any query related to the recipe in the comment box. If you make this recipe in any other way, do share your tips and suggestions to make it better. Till then enjoy your day………Happy Cooking 🙂

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