My mother in law had purchased one recipe book, couple of years back, from a train vendor (I’m really sorry, but I don’t have the name or the author of the book). And that vacation when we went to Mumbai, I was browsing through the recipes, when I came across this recipe for Chilli Chicken. It required simple, basic ingredients, looked really easy to cook
and to by heart. That’s because the recipe asked for 3 different sauces and the measurement for each was 1 tablespoon (imagine!), How easy was that? Chicken, 1 tablespoon each of 3 sauces, sugar, green chilli and that’s it. You have everything you need!!!
So I told my MIL, we need to experiment this when my side cousins come over to visit. We did make it, and not only was it easy and effortless, but tasted really good too. And then when I went to stay over at these same cousins place, they asked me to make the chicken once again because some other cousins were visiting. Since, its so simple and the sauces are what you mostly have at home, it’s a no sweat Chilli Chicken. Infact, its one of those dishes, where you put in everything together and then forget about it totally for a good 30 minutes (or till the chicken is cooked).
I have changed the measurements of the sauces, to make it a little spicy or rather less sweet. And here’s what you need to do to make this simple Chilli Chicken.
- Chicken – 1 kilo, cut into small pieces (not medium, but small!)
- Green Chilli Sauce – 3 tablespoons
- Tomato Sauce/Ketchup – 2 tablespoons
- Soya Sauce – 1 tablespoon
- Capsicum – 1, chopped into small cubes
- Onion – 1 large, chopped into small cubes (like the capsicum)
- Sugar – 1/2 tablespoon
- Garlic – 3 chopped
- Green chilli – 6, chopped
- Oil – 1 tablespoon
Take a heavy bottomed pan, and heat the oil in it. To this add the sugar and stir till it dissolves and turns a light golden.
To this, add the chopped garlic and green chillies and saute for a minute.
Now, add all the 3 sauces and stir for yet another minute just to take out the raw taste of the sauces.
Once that’s done, throw in the cut and cleaned chicken pieces. And toss it around so that the sauces and chicken are well mixed.
Cover and cook for about 10 minutes and then check the salt. You may have to add a little more but do remember there’s already some salt in all the sauces.
Cover and cook again for about 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked.
Now, add the chopped onions and capsicum. Saute for a minute.
Switch off the flame and your chilli chicken is ready to serve.
Note: You may adjust the sauces according to your taste. Like I said, we don’t prefer a sweet Chilli chicken, so I reduced the sugar to 1/2 tablespoon and increased chopped green chilli by 3 more and even the green chill sauce to 3 tablespoons(as per the recipe, every thing was 1 tablespoon). Play around with the measurements to suit your and your family’s preference!