Monday, February 25, 2008

Chinese Chilly Chicken

The idea to make this dish had popped up over the weekend when my husband and I were in the mood for something different to eat. I thought of making a Chinese style fried rice, but my husband was in the mood for chicken. I had some bell peppers and onions and made this concoction that wound up tasting pretty similar to dishes you get in Indian-Chinese restaurants. It's sort of like a moister version of chilly chicken.

I've used a chili-garlic sauce, for spice, that's a variant of sambal oelek just because I'm a garlic addict, but I'm recommending sambal oelek for the normal people out there! Sambal oelek is a chili sauce that is made with ground chillies. You could substitute with any chili sauce that you like (sriracha, Maggi sauces, etc.). It would all work! In the end, this dish was definitely a thumbs up!! :)


Boneless chicken, cut into small pieces - 1 lb
Onion - 2 medium, cut into large chunks
Bell pepper - 1 large, cut into large chunks
Garlic - 4 cloves, crushed or chopped finely
Ginger - 1 1/2 inch piece, crushed or chopped finely
Soy sauce - to taste
Tomato ketchup - 3 tbsp
Sambal Oelek - 3 tbsp, or to taste
Green chillies - 3, chopped
Scallions (spring onions) - 1 small bunch, chopped for garnish (optional)

To marinate chicken:
Egg - 1, beaten (optional)
Soy sauce - to taste
Sambal Oelek - 1 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp (optional)
Cornstarch - 1 tsp


1. Marinate the chicken with the marinade ingredients for 30 minutes. Then, lightly fry the chicken pieces in a couple of spoons of oil until light brown. Remove from pan and keep aside.

2. To the hot pan, add the onions, bell peppers, green chillies and saute for 2 minutes.

3. Add the crushed (or chopped) ginger and garlic and saute until the veggies are crisp-tender and the garlic and ginger have softened a bit.

4. Now, reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the sauces, salt (if needed) and the cooked chicken pieces. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes and turn off. Sprinkle scallions over and serve hot.

Goes well with white rice or fried rice or even as an appetizer. Enjoy!

For more of a gravy consistency, add a teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in half a cup of water to the pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.

The little bit that's left is off to Bindiya of In Love With Food for her Chinese food event!

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Dhivya said...

Wow!kalakals kalai...i love to eat chinese food....sapida veetuku varalama?

Asha said...

I love garlic, give it to me anytime, I can make a dish!:D
Looks beautiful, great color. Sambal Olek adds a great flavor too.

Cham said...

Kallakittama Kalai! Color nakku urudhu :)Spicy entry Kalai:)

Kalai said...

Dhivya, dhaaraalamaa varalaam!! :) Thanks so much.

Ashakka, garlic addicts of the world unite!! Yeah, sambal oelek is soooo awesome. Can u tell I'm addicted?? :)

Cham, mikka nanri! :))

Pooja V said...

Wooohooo ! lovely dish. Just something i was looking for. thanks for the lovely recipe.

Sig said...

This is my kind of dish Kalai, 4 tbsp sambal oelek... wow... Hot..:)

Saswati said...

hi kalai..chilly chicken looks yum...specially the hot and spicy!!

Kalai said...

Pooja, welcome to my blog! Thanks so much! :)

Sig, yeah, I felt like having something realllly hot! It was awesome, though!! :)

Saswati, thanks a lot, girl! :)

Pravs said...

lovely color ! I am a garlic addict too :)

vimmi said...

Looks so hot and spicy. Never used sambhal paste,. Should et it.

Rina said...

Kalai, I bookmarked this recipe before I could leave a comment for dear. Will love to try this.

Sagari said...

beautiful color kalai ,love it

Kalai said...

Pravs, that's awesome! Thanks. :)

Vimmi, definitely try the sambal. If you like spicy, you'll LOVE it!! :)

Rina, thanks so much, dear. Do try it out and let me know! :)

Sagari, thanks so much! I was so excited by the color itself, too. :)

bindiya said...

Mouthwatering delicious, I am definitely trying this out soon, thanks!

Kalai said...

Thank you, Bindiya! Let me know how it comes out! :)