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Chilly Chicken

Posted by Annita on June 6, 2007

Finally i’m back with my next post,sorry for this long uninformed absence,this time the blame is on my in-laws.I got busy with them,taking them around places,eating good food and sharing gossips.Soon i’ll be posting some of the special dishes from my mother-in-law.But for now enjoy this spicy chicken favorite from Sumi’s Kitchen Wonders.Chilly Chicken is the most popular dish in Indo-Chinese cuisine.This is a spicy dish which can be savored as an appetizer,it tastes great with fried rice and noodles as well.This recipe from Sumitha has a very unique taste with the hot Sambal Oelek in it,and i must say this is definitely a keeper.Thank you dear Sumi for this wonderful recipe.

Chilly Chicken


Boneless skinless chicken cut into small cubes – 1 lb
Vegetable oil – to shallow fry chicken pieces

To prepare the marinade:
Egg – 1
Cornflour – 2 tsp
Dark Soya Sauce – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste

To prepare Chilly Sauce:
Onion diced – 1 big
Green bell pepper diced – 1
Ginger chopped – 1 tbsp
Garlic chopped – 1 tbsp
Green chillies chopped – 3
Sambal Oelek – 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup – 1 tbsp
Hot and Sweet Sauce – 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Dark Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Sesame seed oil – 2 tsp


Prepare a marinade by mixing the ingredients together.Add the chicken pieces into it and marinate it for an hour,preferably in a refrigerator.Heat vegetable oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken pieces until they are brown in color.Drain and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tsp sesame seed oil in another pan,add chopped ginger and garlic,fry till they turn brown.Add chopped green chillies,onion and bell pepper,saute until onion turn transparent.Now stir in red chilly powder,sambal oelek,tomato sauce,hot and sweet sauce,soya sauce and salt,mix together.Add fried chicken pieces,mix well and serve hot.

If you like it to be a gravy,add 1 tbsp cornflour mix in 1/2 cup water into the chicken,simmer it for 4-5 mts and serve.

Check out these also:

V.K.N’s Chilly Chicken

Vee’s Chilly Chicken Dry

Asha’s Chilly Chicken

Meena’s Chilli Chicken

Mocha’s Chilly Chicken


32 Responses to “Chilly Chicken”

  1. InjiPennu said

    Great to c u back!

    Thanks Inji…

  2. Asha said

    Looks wonderful.I must try this version too.Thanks Anita for linking mine too:))

    You’re always welcme,dear

  3. Bindu said

    hey Annita!
    I have been visiting your blog almost everyday and wondering why there hasnt been any entry from you for a while…was going to write to you and check whether all is okay at your end..and saw this entry today:)good to see you. we are pure cant try cicken..but i am going to replace it with paneer and try making chilli paneer:))ofcourse i dont need to marinade them right? i will just prpare sauce and put paneer in them and cook! will let you know how it turns out. thankyou for the recipe! color of sauce looks rich. it?I didn’t know that u r vegetarians…
    I still have to try your other paneer recipe..will be doing that soon,ok

  4. sandeepa said

    Loooks delicious… I love chilli chicken but haven’t used sesame oil

    I always use little sesame oil to get a chinese taste,Sandeepa

  5. jisha said

    nice to c u after a break..i was thinking what happend to u.i will try this soon..welcome back

    Thank you Jisha..

  6. sumitha said

    Thanks Annita for trying.Happy that you loved it.Wow first your mum now mum in law.Lucky you!Enjoy their company.Do ask mum in law for the vada kootu curry:)

    yes Sumi…i’m indeed lucky for that..My lil one is soo happy…he’s not at all in this world..

  7. Rg said

    Hey! you’re back with adipoli recipe. Looks awesome! will sure try it out. when you mentioned abt gossips, it reminded me of my M-i-l :) she loves to gossip a lot too :))

    M-I-L kelkkenda mole…:))

  8. Cynthia said

    Well it is about time you return! I have visited the blog quite a few times wondering where you were :) I am happy that you are back. You are forgiven, when family and friends come to visit, we have to make quality time for them.
    This Chilly Chicken has me licking my lips and with Sambal Oelek, fantastic.

    Thanks dear..
    I’m so happy to know that you all missed me…

  9. susan said

    gr8 to c u back….

    I’m also happy to be back ,Susan

  10. Raji said

    Hello…this is in refernce to your baking learning series..i had a question on baking a short cake..dont know how to describe it…we used to get in bakeries in kerala..round in shape..interleaved with cream..if you have any idea of how to make this please post some info

    No idea Raji,I dont know that..Sorry about it..will surely look for something like that on my next kerala trip

  11. Pamela said

    Hi Anita,
    This is the first I am visiting your blog..I am totally in love with it.I enjoy cooking so I must try out the recipes..All of them looks vyyyyy yummy. Being a mallu,I am happy to discover this mallu recipe world

  12. Jyothsna said

    Nice recipe… am not sure if we get sambal oelek here… Did you check out my chiili chicken recipe too?

  13. Cerine Dinu said

    Its a nice reciepe..

  14. Lakshmi said

    Hi Anitta,

    i made both the chilli chicken and chicken jalfraezi. and both came out really really well. thanks for both the recipies, waiting to tryout the other recipies on ur blog.

  15. noel said

    hi annita,
    wht is sambal oelak?

  16. noel said

    oh yeah i got it…the chikn looks yummy…cant wait to try it out…

  17. Anjali said

    Excellent recipe !! I tried it and came out fantastic.Didnt get sambal tried without it..still came out perfect

  18. Divya said

    Hi Annita,
    how are you?
    i tried ur chilli chicken and it came out great ( i too couldnt find sambal oelak)
    just wanted to ask u the sesame seed oil that u use same as our ‘nallenna’ or is it different?

    Its not Nallenna Divya..I use chinese sesame oil..
    Nallenna or Gingelly oil is an Indianized version of sesame oil..The pure chinese sesame oil has a different flavour..

  19. Girija said


    Your blog is wonderful with lots of information. Please try to visit my site also in Malayalam. Appreciate if you can provide a link to my site from your popular blog.

    I will be defenitely adding your blog’s link in mine.

    This comment is not for publishing, instead it is a request for link exchange.

    thanks again.

  20. Mary said


    Do you remember the mutton rolls or ‘Indian hot dogs’ that used to be served at weddings or available at bakeries in India. It was some kind of red color minced mutton filling in a hot dog roll (real tasty stuff, rolled in parchment paper. Would you be able to post a recipe for that? Your site is so cool.Your family is lucky they can sample all this stuff.

    Best Wishes,

  21. Annie said

    Dear Anita,

    Kindly send us the recipes for the following items:

    fish biriyani
    tuna masala
    vegetable kurma
    butter chicken



  22. Ayrin said

    Hey Annitha..
    I tried out ur chilli Chicken it turned out really good… I’m a constant visitor to your site.. I’ve seen the picture of your chicken varattiyathu it looks yummy.. i visit everyday to see if you have posted the recipe… Waiting for it…
    Thank you so much and keep up the good work!!!

    Sorry Ayrin,I’m really sorry for keeping you all wait.>Will be posting it real soon..
    My in-laws r here now,so i’m not getting enough time to spend on blogging..
    Will try to post it by weekend..
    Happy to hear that u liked the pic..

  23. smitha gomez said

    Hi Anita

    I tried your chilli chicken and it came out realy fantastic without sambal oelek.i wanted to ask you what is sambal oelek? please tell.i tried so many indian shops in U.K . I did’nt get.

    Sambal Oelek is a kind of Chilly paste which is mainly used in Thai cuisine…
    You might get it in all asian/chinese markets..

  24. ajoji said

    Hi Annita,

    nice to see more recipes from u.. plz tell me that ‘marinade’ means we need to fry it?

  25. nazrina said

    grinded dried chilly about 8 tablespoons
    tomato puree
    pepper 2 tablespoon
    curd about 3 tablespoons

  26. lissmol said

    Hi anita,
    can you please tell me what is this sambaloelek . I have tried almost all of your chicken recipes. thank you verymuch for the great recipes.

    sambal Oelek is mainly used in thai cooking and it is found in almost all grocery stores in U.SCheck this link

  27. doc NY said

    Thank you so much for this recipe, this is the fourth time I am making chilly chicken with your recipe…and every time my wife loved it so as my friends…

  28. ramesh said

    Thanks anitha,
    Iam from new york.I tried your chilli chicken recepie.when i was eating i feel like i went back to kerala(thrissur).oh my god…fantastic recepie.thanx lot

    Thank you Ramesh…Thanks sfor trying out my recipe…

  29. nazreena said

    one packet bonless chicken eight tablespooons of onion and garlic paste and curd fivteen tablespoons and chilly powder 2 tablespoons and ginger paste 5 tablespoons pepper powder 4 tablespoon cashew and almonds paste ten tablespoons and lemon juice 12 tablespoons one teaspoons of sugar rub all the above masalas and let it soak for one hour.then you lit the pot you pour in some oil fry some chopped onions and add tomato puree 15 tablespoons and add in grinded chilly paste about 25 tablablespoons and add in some salt and add in some full cream milk and add in the marinated chicken and usining two ladles stir it well

  30. rajan said

    I tried this recipe and guess what… everyone loved it.


  31. Alloka said

    Hey, i tried this recipe,,and guess what?? it turned out to be the best chilly chicken i had since coming Australia…Thank you

  32. Mini said

    Hi, The chilli chicken luks very attractive….I am gonna try this.what is sambal oelek????Is it sambar powder?,Mini.

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