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Chili Chicken

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chili chicken holds so many memories in my life. I used to live in hostel, when i was in 12th grade. My mom used to come to visit me at least once in a week. So whenever she visits me, she brings me this yummy chili chicken. My friends Deepthi, Jyoti n sreelu like my mom's chili chicken very much and it used to vanishe in no time. Those were very beautiful n memorable days in my life. We used to enjoy a lot. Every time i rem my hostel days( i stayed in hostel for 11th n 12th grade) i jus forget my self, think about how we used to tease our warden n hostel principal. Haa those were beautiful days. We call ourselves as night owls, as we used to wake up until midnight- jus to scare our hostel principal(heheheeeee).
Enough about my hostel days n coming to chili chicken---Normally, she uses peanut oil for non-veg curries to give that extra taste. But for health conscious, i jus use olive oil.. My mom always deep fries chicken in oil or sometimes she jus boil them. But, i tried this shallow fry method n it was a big hit. Shallow frying chicken makes it to absorb less oil, so that we can cut little bit calories. 
Here is the recipe for delicious Chili Chicken:
For Chicken:
Chicken: Bone less 500g, 
Green Chili: 1 Chopped Finely
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Chili Powder: 3/4 tsp
Turmeric: 1tsp
Salt: 1tsp
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice: 2 tsp
Corn Flour: 1tsp
Food Color: RED- 3 drops
For Gravy:
Oil: 2-3 tbsp
Onion: 2 big or 3 medium, finely chopped
Green Chili: 4 (I used jalapeños) Cut Length Wise
cashews: 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 tsp
Fennel seeds: 1 tsp
Turmeric: 1tsp
Salt: To Taste
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 tsp

1) Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Wash  throughly.
2) In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for chicken n keep it aside for 15 mins.
3) In a pan( which u want to use to cook chili chicken) heat oil at 400 degrees-450 degrees. 
4) Shallow fry the marinated chicken in small quantities. Fry for 2 mins on each side for every batch until they turn dark brown color..
5) Drain excess oil n place them on paper towels. Repeat the same procedure for remaining chicken pieces.
6) Now in the same pan, add green chili's n fry for 1 min. Take them out n keep aside.
7) Add onion n fennel seeds. Fry for 6-7 mins or until onions are pink  in color. As we are frying in same oil we fried chicken, it  helps onion to get the chicken flavor. You can see  the color in this picture. I imm took this pic, after adding onions to oil.
8) Add cashews n fry for 1 min.
9) Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric  n fry for 1-2 mins.
10) Add green chili, salt n fried chicken pieces.Mix well. Cover n cook for 5 mins on medium to low heat. 
11) Sprinkle garam masala n fry for 1 min.
12) Switch off the stove n add lemon juice. Mix well.
Enjoy this delicious mouth watering chili chicken with rice.

1)Use green chili's that are spicy. so that u can use them in less number. jalapeños goes ver well for chili chicken. 
2)Be careful with salt n chili powder.
3)Add 1 tbsp butter to oil. So that it enhances the taste of chicken, if using olive oil or soy bean oil.
4) Add 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of corn flour to chicken before frying. This gives little bit Chinese effect n volume to chicken.
5) Sprinkle 1tsp of all purpose flour, after frying onions. This prevents excess moisture n oil in onions, thus making gravy dry..
6) If you want to deep fry the chicken, then add 1 egg and increase the amount of corn flour to 4 tsp to ingredients for chicken.


SE January 11, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

this looks so colorful and delicious..I liked your idea of not deep frying it..because deep frying the chicken just puts me off..

Silpa January 11, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

Thank you SE. yeah me too.I jus keep myself away from deep frying, when it comes to veg n NV

Siddhi S January 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

Hey silpa this chilli chicken luks yummmmmm...its realy mouth watering...hey nice idea of shallow frying it, mny times i avoid such recipes coz of deep fry...vl try ur idea now...thnx

Silpa January 11, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Thank you siddhi.

Priya January 12, 2010 at 6:35 AM  

Such a tempting and delicious chilli chicken, definitely a fantastic dish..

Silpa January 12, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

Thank You Priya

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