Chilli Chicken Recipe

The wonderful flavors of China have made it into the hearts a many world-wide, especially Indian food and Indian hearts. The crispness of the vegetables, along with the spice and the tender and juicy Chicken, has made this a winner in our books. What we also love about this dish is that its easy, colorful and wins hearts every time we make it. It has the look of a restaurant style dish but made at home – so healthier and cheaper, its a win-win! Enjoy this amazing dish and your biggest worry will be how to stop eating…

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Serves: 4


Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – 1lb (approx 1/2 kg)
Salt – to taste
Pepper- to taste
Cornstarch – 1.5 tbsp
Dry Red Chilli – 4-5 or to taste, cut
Oil – 4 tbsp
Ginger – 2 tbsp, minced
Garlic – 2 tbsp, minced
Green Chillies – to taste, slit
Onion – 1/2 medium, chopped
Red Bell Pepper – 1/3rd, chopped
Yellow Bell Pepper – 1/3rd, chopped
Green Bell Pepper – 1/3rd, chopped
Soy Sauce – 3 tbsp
Sambal or Chilli Sauce – 2 tbsp or to taste
White Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Spring Onions – 2 sprigs, cut diagonally


1. Wash the chicken well and lightly sprinkle Salt, Pepper and Cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.
2. In a wok-style pan, heat Oil on medium-high heat.
3. Drop the Chicken in so as to not let it clump, separate the pieces so they get coated in Oil and get evenly coated.
4. Cook uncovered stirring frequently. Allow the Chicken to cook all the way through.
5. To check, cut a piece of chicken and if there is no pink, it’s done.
6. With a slotted spoon, pull the chicken to the side, drain all the excess Oil and keep aside.
7. In the same Oil, add in the chopped Dry Red Chillies and cook for 30 seconds.
8. Add in the Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies, mix and cook for a minute.
9. Add in the Onion and the Bell-Pepper and cook for another minute or so.
10. Add in the Soy Sauce, Chilli Sauce and the Vinegar. Mix.
11. Add the Chicken.
12. Cook until the sauce coats the Chicken and the Vegetables.
13. Once done, turn off the flame and add in the Spring Onions.
14. Toss once again and serve immediately with Noodles, Fried Rice or Steamed Rice.

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23 thoughts on “Chilli Chicken Recipe

  1. I made these about a month ago and they were awesome. Everyone loved them. Iā€™m making them again tonight. I only wish that I could get the nutritional values on these because I am on Weight Watchers plan.

  2. I tried it..came out really good..I divided it into two parts: chicken for my husband and since I am vegetarian, added paneer cubes to mine..Perfect recipe!

  3. This recipe is simply fantastic. Its sooooo easy, yet the final result is divine. I have shared it with my friends, relatives, colleagues…

    Never thought that I could make such delicious food.

    Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

  4. :)Yum yum yum… My husb. Is so proud of me & I can’t thank you enough for this great recipe. Continue keeping up the great work.. Love you guys..

  5. Hi Hetal & Anuja,
    This is one fantastic recipe. Bang on flavors & less of both the worlds :)) Loved it !!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Tried this Chilli Chicken recipe for dinner tonight – DELICIOUS šŸ™‚ Thanks for this quick, easy and tasty recipe.As always, “keep up the great work girls”.What is SAMBAL?

    1. Sambal is ‘Sambal Oelek’ – a ground fresh chili paste (as advertised on the bottle I bought at Safeway last month šŸ˜‰ Any Asian grocery store in the US will have this in stock. The bottle I bought is made by Huy Fong Foods of Rosemead,CA – the site is

  7. Just tried this recipe and its yummilicious!!!!
    This is the best chilli chicken I’ve ever had. And its quite healthy šŸ™‚

    Thanks for this awesome recipe!


  8. Hi Hetal and Anuja!
    The recipe looks divine however I grew up in Delhi and the Chilli Chicken I remember getting there when I was a kid was a lot more red? I could have sworn it had some Ketchup in it? Am I just imagining this or is there like another version of this out there with Ketchup in it? Regardless I am definitely going to try this. thanks for the recipe šŸ™‚


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