Hot & Spicy Chilli Chicken

Servings: 2 people
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Course: Appetizer: – Main Course
Time: 30 minutes
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Tender and juicy chicken pieces coated in a lip-smacking chilli sauce. Try out this quick and easy recipe for the ever-popular hot and spicy Chilli Chicken. A popular Indo-Chinese takeaway.


  • 500 gms boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame seeds for garnish

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp light Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg

For the sauce

  • 4-6 whole red chilies
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp light Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

For dredging

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour


  • To begin, soak 4-6 dried red chilies in hot water for 2-3 hours. De-seed half of them and blend into a smooth paste adding a bit of water. If you prefer a hotter version, you can leave the seeds intact.
  • Cut the boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  • Marinate with light soy sauce, vinegar, baking soda, and an egg. Mix well and keep aside for at least 10 minutes.
  • For dredging, mix together all-purpose flour and cornflour in a large bowl. Add in the marinated chicken and mix until the pieces are well coated. Dust off the extra flour.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Add the chicken pieces in batches on high heat. Then reduce the heat and fry until cooked and golden. Make sure they do not brown.
  • To prepare the chilli sauce – mix the chili paste you prepared earlier with light soy sauce, vinegar, and chilli sauce in a large bowl.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a pan. Add the chopped garlic and ginger. Saute for a minute.
  • Add in the diced onions and bell peppers. Cook for a minute or two.
  • Add in the sauce mix and boil it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Make a slurry of 1 tbsp cornflour with 2 tbsp of water. Add it to the sauce and cook until it thickens.
  • Finally, add in the fried chicken pieces and mix until well coated. Add a bit of water if needed.
  • The Chilli Chicken is ready to serve. Garnish with sesame seeds.



  • Baking soda helps chicken pieces become more tender and juicy.
  • If you don’t have dried red chillies available, you can use a teaspoon of red chilli powder mixed in water instead.

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