After a wonderful and sunny weekend, the rains and dark clouds have come back to pester my state of mind again. I realize how much dependent my mood has become on the weather. So after days of being not in touch with my blog I decided to catch up on the pending recipes lying in the draft section. Somehow I know working on my blog is going to cheer me up today in spite if the gloominess outside! Tomorrow will mark the completion of a year of my marital bliss and am suddenly feeling very happy and excited about it. One whole year of togetherness just flew by…. last year this time I was amidst houseful of relatives and festivities. Looking back it sure had been the most memorable year in my life. I plan to watch my wedding video today before BBC joins me in the evening. But prior to that I need to share this wonderful recipe with you all.
Chilli Chicken, originally a Chinese ‘formula’ has undergone may different variations in different parts of the world. So I am not sure in which version my recipe might fall into. However, I am familiar with the way my mom cooks it and I followed suit. My husband also does a good job of this ‘sans’ the egg. Have it as a starter or a main course, it will remain a lip-smacking dish always!
- Chicken, cut into small bite size pieces – 500 gms
- Vinegar – 2 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Egg – 1
- Cornflour/Cornstarch – 2-3 tbsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp for frying
- Onions, sliced – 2 medium-sized
- Bell peppers, cut into thick strips – 1
- Ginger paste – 1 tsp
- garlic paste or chopped – 8-10 cloves
- green chilies, chopped – 5-6
- Soya sauce -1.5 tbsp
- Tomato sauce -2 tbsp
- Chilli sauce -1 tbsp or to taste
- Chicken stock – 1 cup (if not available, substitute with water)
- Cut the chicken into small pieces and marinate with vinegar and salt for 10 minutes. (Boneless chicken is preferrable.)
- Add 2 tbsp of cornstarch to the chicken, break the eggs and mix well. keep it aside for another 10-15 mins.
- Heat sufficient oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces till golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
- In the same pan (add 1 tbsp more oil if required), heat the oil and fry the onions.
- Add bell pepper, chopped green chillies, ginger paste and garlic to it and saute for a while.
- Add soya, tomato and chilli sauce to it as per taste and mix well.
- Add the left over marinade and chicken stock or water and mix well.
- Add the chicken pieces and cover and cook for a while.
- Mix the remaining cornstarch with 2-3 tbsp of water and add to the mixture.
- Mix well and let it simmer for a minute.
- Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.
- For starters or a dry preparation let the excess moisture evaporate to the desired consistency.
- For main course or gravy add chicken stock or water and cook till the desired consistency.