Favorite Meaty Street-food- Tangy & Spicy Chilly Chicken!

We Indians have a different version of ‘Chinese’ that apparently first originated in the vibrant city of Kolkata. It’s called as – “Indo-chinese” cuisine!

So, outside of India, if a newly-migrated Indian tells you that they are extremely fond of Chinese food, you can safely assume that they are not talking about your traditional Chinese cuisine. Don’t be puzzled, if you take them to a Chinese restaurant and they leave most of the food, saying “Err…but this is not Chinese!!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is exactly what happened to hubby and me, when we went to the Chinese restaurant for the first time, after moving to the U.K!

‘Chilly-chicken’ is strictly an Indo-chinese dish, as authentic Chinese is seldom spicy. Basically, we like our Chinese really hot and thus, Indo-chinese dishes are way spicier, saltier and richer than the standard Chinese fare.

Speaking of myself, you can wake me in the middle of the night, to make me eat this food. This is one cuisine that I have never been able to resist. All my family and friends know that it is my weakness. During the recent trip to India, hubby was a little frustrated, because all of my relatives and friends volunteered to take us to Chinese restaurant knowing how much I loved it….ย (Yes, there it’s just Chinese Restaurant and not Indo-chinese restaurant lol! ‘Indo-chinese’ term has to be used outside of India only, as there’s actual Chinese food around).ย Hubby is a die-hard Indian-food kinda guy and by the end of the trip, he had gotten allergic to the question ‘Let’s go out for Chinese?’

Another funny story about my love for Chinese food. You know when you are a teenager and want nothing more in the world than to annoy your sibling? When my sister and I were kids, I was super-excited to have created my first e-mail id on Hotmail. My excitement turned to anger when my smirking older sister told me that she had easily gotten into my account. Such an intrusion of my privacy! I kept on creating new mail ids and she kept on hacking them. I was puzzled and impressed at the same time, till she let me in on the secret. You know how there’s a secret question when you are making a new email id, that helps you retrieve your password in case you forgot it? The thing was that I’d always select- “What is your favorite food?” as a secret question, and my sister would easily enter “Chinese” and get in. HMPH! …….siblings!

Anyway, I used to make my “chilly chicken” with too many elements before…onions, tomato puree, vegetable stock etc…..but I began feeling that the dish accompanying a flavorful fried-rice or chicken noodles, needs to be simpler, otherwise the whole thing together gets too intense and over-powering. So, I actually saw a simpler version of chilly chicken at another blogger’s page some days ago, which called for a few basic elements only. Authentic Kolkata chilly chicken she called it.

I tried it and this mild version was way better and easier to enjoy with fried-rice or noodles. So, I go for the simpler recipe most days now, but still make my original version occassionally, when making a large batch.

So give this recipe a go friends, and enjoy!



2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces

For marination-

1 heaped tsp ginger-garlic paste

ยฝ tsp soy-sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsn cornflour

1 egg

Salt & pepper to taste

For the gravy-

2 tbsn olive-oil

Some chopped garlic

1 slit green chilly

Some cubes of capsicum and onions

1 tbsn soy-sauce

1 tbsn chilly sauce

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp mirin (optional)

2 tbsn cornflour mixed in ยผ cup of water

ยฝ tsp sugar

salt & pepperย to taste

oilย for deep-frying

Someย chopped spring onion greensย , for garnishing (optional)


*Chinese cooking is always done on high heat!*

– Marinate the chicken with ingredients listed under “Marination” for atleast an hour, refrigerated.

– Deep-fry the chicken, until golden-brown. Keep aside!

– In a sauce-pan, heat your olive oil.

– Add chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.

– Throw in your onion and capsicum cubes and toss well. Cook uncovered, for 3-4 minutes as covering the pan will turn the veggies soft and we want them crunchy for this dish!

– Add all the sauces and mix well. Cook for around half a minute.

– Add your cornflour solution, while stirring your sauce continuously while pouring it into the gravy. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes, till your gravy turns silky and thick.

– Add the seasonings but be VERY CAREFUL WITH THE SALT. There is plenty of salt in all the sauces and we had added it in the marination as well. I can’t tell you how many times my chilly chicken or manchurian has been ruined in the early days, just because the salt got too much to bear. I don’t add salt at all these days, till the dish is complete and has cooled down, because that’s when you actually get to know if it needs salt or not. So be very careful.

– Cook your chilly chicken for 2-3 minutes more and then switch off the gas.

– Garnish with spring onion greens.

Serve hot with fried rice/noodles or even as it is, as a snack!




– You can increase or decrease the quantity of cornflour solution in your chilly-chicken, based on the amount of gravy you need.

– Chilly chicken can be made with boneless chicken or with the chicken on bone!



56 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for additional information with wonderful recipe ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Glad that you liked it! x

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  2. Ms Meehnia says:

    Definitely going to try this out ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Glad that u liked it!๐Ÿ˜ƒ x

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  3. Great recipe! I am going to try it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

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    1. Glad that u liked it! ๐Ÿ˜„ x

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  4. InspiresN says:

    my favorite dish anytime! it looks so colorful and yum!!

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    1. Thanx Nisha! ๐Ÿ™‚ I too love it sooo much!

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  5. Lathiya says:

    My all time favorite..whenever we go to restaurant we oreder this..looks yummy

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    1. Thanx Lathiya! ๐Ÿ˜€ me too! This is the first thing that pops up in my mind when someone asks me my fav dish!! โค


  6. Looking delicious..

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    1. Thanx Anshu! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. You have talked about one of my favourite foods ever. I can gobble endless quantities of these with chilly garlic noodles and then find myself quite unable to breathe. It is surprising that it is actually so easy to make, isn’t it? I tried Bong Mom’s (after a few trials of other more complicated recipes) and it clicked instantly with the kind of chilli chicken I was used to. Yours looks as good and it seems similar (in terms of ingredients and ease) to the one I am used to. Makes me think of rustling up some soon!

    The memory of your sibling breaking into your e-mail account every time is hilarious ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

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    1. So we have found another thing that is similar between us๐Ÿ˜‰ I too love this sooo much. Hubby says that anyone can lure me to anywhere, showing me a plate of chilly chicken ๐Ÿ˜‚ like kids and candy!๐Ÿฌ It’s just so yummy right? It’s difficult to stop๐Ÿ˜‹ yeah, the password incident seems funny now. That time I wanted to wring her neck๐Ÿ˜„

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      1. I would have wrung her neck, or no, better still claimed her share of chilli chicken for such impudence.

        If you ever get the chance do have it in Calcutta. It is worth the journey. In Chinatown (Tangra) the same restaurants exist that made it such a fine art. They are pokey. You cannot expect fine decor, but they serve the kind of Chinese that will make you want to have four stomachs. Plus they are wonderfully sweet. Once Adi asked them about the spicy green chilli sauce that is so typical there.The waiter serving us came out with a bottle for him and put it on the house.

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      2. Wow! such hospitality is seldom seen nowdays! Kolkata is on my bucket list for a while now and somehow, seems to beckon to me! The foodie in me and moreover, the wanderer that I am, yearns to explore such iconic places that are seeped in history. One day I will get there……

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      3. As a food lover, Calcutta will take you to levels not scaled yet. I can promise you that unashamedly. When you go, do let me know. I will tot up an unhealthily long list for you. There is such pockets of history to discover though the mall culture has spread its tentacles. But I still love her old self.

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      4. Will do for sure!๐Ÿ˜˜ do plan a teip to Ireland sometime! It’s a gorgeous country! You will particularly love it, especially in summertime as nice as it is this year!

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      5. I would love to visit Ireland. It is my mind to make my way there sometime if not immediately. I keep seeing photos of its beauty and sighing in the mean time xx

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  8. A bowl of happiness!! Every once favorite!!!

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    1. I know! Can have this everyday! Thanx dear! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. Looks so yummy. Love it.

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    1. Thanx dimple!๐Ÿ˜Š


  10. Malika, everything on your blog looks so delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ I’m super hungry now…lol ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thanx so much Mona! ๐Ÿ˜€ You have a stunning blog too! Let’s keep in touch ๐Ÿ™‚ (P.S- I adore your blog’s name@ preppypinkpiglet..it’s so cute โค ) xx

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      1. Aww…thanks so much…glad you liked it โค And yes, preppy + pink + piglet pretty much describes me…lol ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Wow, that just looks nice.

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    1. Thanx Dan! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. My pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. The indo Chinese info is so true ! Tried your recipe and everyone in my family loves it! It is our go to snack on rainy evenings in bangalore

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    1. Awe that’s great! Thanx so much for letting me know that it worked out well for you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I completely hear you…it’ such a perfect snack for those cold, rainy days. You will never hear me saying No to a steaming hot plate of Chilly chicken! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  13. Sumith says:

    Love Indo-Chinese chilly chicken. Recipe sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanx soo much Sumith! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Sumith I am not able to access your blog. Can you share a link to it here!?

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      1. Sumith says:

        Didn’t get you. Is it not taking clicking on the gravator?


      2. Sumith, your gravatar as well as this new link that you sent me, is showing me a white page that says- kerelaslive- alert! this content is protected. I tried clicking on all the words to see if it transfers to your page but no luck! I would have sent a screenshot if it was possible here. Maybe something to do with your page’s privacy settings?


      3. Sumith says:

        Thanks for letting me know.It was a great help.

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      4. No problem! I would love to bestow my appreciation on my blogger friends’ good work just like they do on mine. Let me know when you sort it out and I will love to visit your page!๐Ÿ˜Š

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      5. Sumith says:

        Thanks for your help.

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    1. Thanx so much for the nomination! I am very grateful! ๐Ÿ˜€


  15. Gorgeous dish, love it !

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    1. Awe thanx so much!! x


  16. slowpoke1977 says:

    Sounds delicious…

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    1. Thanx so much!๐Ÿ˜„

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      1. slowpoke1977 says:


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  17. sangbad says:

    As a Bengali Chilley Chicken is my fav all time…by the way are somehow Bengali?


    1. Ha ha! No Sangbad, I am not..but I love the Bengali food and their vibrant culture!


      1. sangbad says:

        Okay…by the way I hope you remember me…we had talked once maybe 2 months ago…I do not know how this unfollow from my end happened…

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      2. I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ No worries, it happens!


      3. sangbad says:

        Thank you…following you…keep visiting my blog…

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