Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chilli Pepper Chicken

I love Chinese food, of course, when it is properly cooked. Back in my school days at the University of Illinois, Chicago, there was a small chinese restaurant in our campus that served this dish. The cook was supposedly popular and hosted TV shows on Chinese cooking. No, he did not share the recipe with me because I never asked him! With some experimenting and tips from Chinese cooking sites I created this on my own. It came out somewhat comparable to the dish at the restaurant. It is my most favorite dry chinese dish, also a super-hit at home and both me and my husband love it!

Chicken - Boneless - 1 lb
Corn starch - 2 tbsp
Ginger - minced
Garlic - minced
Soy Sauce - 2 tsp
Rice Vinegar - 2 tsp
Sesame oil - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - a fistful
Spring onions - 1/2 cup
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Egg (optional)

1. Cut chicken into thin bite-sized pieces. Wash and drain well. Mix chicken pieces with salt, pepper and corn starch powder. You can add egg to this mixture. This will result in hard and crispier chicken pieces, but I prefer soft pieces so I don't add egg.
2. Heat oil in a wok over high heat until very hot. It should be starting to smoke fumes. Then add the chicken mix and keep stirring for few minutes until the chicken is well cooked. Remove the chicken and set aside.
3. In the same wok add the minced ginger and garlic pieces and let fry for a few seconds. Remove and keep aside.
4. Add 1 tsp oil, dry red chillies (whole or crushed) and spring onions chopped. Stir for about half a minute, remove and keep aside.
5. While the wok is still over high heat mix all the cooked ingredients (chicken, ginger, garlic, dry red chillies, spring onions) and add soya sauce, vinegar and stir well for a couple of minutes. Now add the sesame oil. It gives a nice pungent aroma. Stir for few seconds and turn off the stove.

Remove into a bowl and serve hot with white rice.


  1. Hey Teja
    Congrats to your new Blog! its lovely and the recipes are mouth watering! Will def try them.
    The Kobbari Bhakshalu its yum!!!

  2. good job with the pics and narrating the recipes as well...i will try the chicken and capsicum dishes soon...