Friday, October 7, 2011

Chilli Chicken from a Foodlover!!!!

This recipe was the out come of Hurricane Irene. Even though Irene was a destruction to many places along the east coast of US, the after effects of Irene was fun episode for us.

A day before Irene's landfall in New Jersey, we had moved to a small town near Pittsburg, PA for a night. When we returned, our neighboring towns were under water, the rails and most of the roads closed. But lucky enough, our town was not flooded and had power. The only issue was that our town's sewage system flooded and it just stopped working, so our community send a notice warning us "Not to use the flush until further notice." That was hilarious, but it was fixed in a days time so basically we did not face much difficulties unlike few of our friends.

A friend of mine from high school Nirun Raju, I met him after 9 years in New Jersey, which was a surprise for us :);  had his house under water and the bridge leading to his home was washed away during the storm. We asked him to stay with us until everything was fixed at his place. Now I should also mention that he is an excellent cook, who is not a fan of baking but loves to play with fire in your pan kind. But surprisingly he is scared of the mustards and hot oil splattering.

One of these days during his stay with us, Nirun offered to make dinner. He wanted to try out his specialty Chilli Chicken. We went shopping initially to get the ingredients and on the way back his landlord called to inform that the house was all fixed. Nirun was tempted to go back but I told him if he doesn't make that Chilli Chicken, I would kill him. So he had no choice.

We were all set with the ingredients and I offered to clean and cut the chicken. Nirun did cut the vegetables. Briji was nowhere near the kitchen, he was busy in the deck checking out the"lifeguard beauties" at the pool. Once I finished with the chicken, I found that Nirun had also joined Briji at the deck to get a good view of the girls and finally I ended up making Nirun's Chilli Chicken. Of course this was 100% Nirun's recipe, but I MADE IT!!!!

So here you go with the recipe.


Boneless Chicken - 2lb (thighs would be good choice)
Onions - 2 nos
Capsicum/Green Bell Pepper - 1 nos
Garlic cloves - 2 nos
Soy sauce - 4 tbspn
Hot sauce - 4 tbspn (add more if you need spicy)
Corn flour - 1 tbspn
All purpose flour - 2 tbspn
Crushed Pepper - 1 tspn
Oil to deep fry
Spring Onions - 2 nos to garnish (optional)


- Clean and cut the chicken into small pieces. It should be a little smaller than the medium size.
- In a bowl combine all purpose flour, corn flour, crushed pepper and salt. Add 4 tbspn water to make a thick paste. You may add more water, but make sure its not too watery. To this add the chicken pieces.
- In a thick bottom pan, heat the oil. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the coated chicken pieces until golden brown. Keep it aside.
- Cut the onions and capsicums into medium sized dices. Cut the garlic cloves into tiny pieces.
-In a heavy bottom pan, add 2 tbspn oil. Once the pan is heated, to this add the garlic. Saute for 10 secs and add the onions and capsicums.Saute for another 10 mins on medium heat.
- In a separate bowl, mix the soy sauce and hot sauce and combine well. You may use the usual chilli hot sauce that you get in the market. Add this mixture to the vegetables and mix well. Add salt.
- Once the veggies are cooked, add the deep fried chicken pieces and mix well on medium heat. Take off heat and garnish with spring onions.
- Serve hot with rice or rotis.

This is a simple recipe which is extra tasty. Guys try it out. Now for me this recipe was not spicy enough, so customized it a little when we made it the second time by adding a few extra green chillis. Also added 1/2 tspn of homemade garam masala into the thick paste to give it an Indian touch :).

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as we did and a special thanks to a wonderful friend for an amazingly simple recipe.