Batter fried, golden chicken pieces in a hot and peppery sauce
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese, Pakistani-Chinese
Author: Hirra Pervaiz
1/2Kg1lb Boneless Chicken, diced into 1 inch pieces
Oil for deep frying
2tspRed Chili Powder
5Garlic Clovesroughly chopped
1/4CupChili Sauceprepared or store bought
In a prepping bowl mix together the ingredients of Chicken Batter, add the chicken pieces and let marinate for 15-20 minutes
Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan prepare the chili sauce, by adding all the ingredients. Mix well and let cook until the sugar dissolves completely
In a pan heat oil over medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces, working in batches fry until crisp, golden and cooked through. Remove from oil and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil and keep warm until needed
In a pan add 1 Tbsp Oil and stir fry chopped garlic until fragrant. Add the fried chicken pieces to it and mix. Add soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt and sugar and cook for about 1-2 minutes. (be careful with the salt, because we are adding soy sauce and chicken stock too)
Now add chicken stock, bring to a boil and then add tomato ketchup. Mix well, taste check and adjust seasoning. Bring to a boil and let simmer for some time. The sauce will gradually start to thicken.
Dish out on the hot plate or serving dish
Serve with steamed rice,vegetable fried rice, noodles or pasta
To Thicken the Gravy - I don't use cornflour slurry to thicken the sauce. but if your sauce is too runny you can add cornflour slurry by combining 1 Tbsp cornflour to 1/4 cup water. Add this to the sauce and thicken to desired consistency.
A healthy alternative to Fried chicken - instead of deep-fried chicken, use baked chicken or air-fried chicken.
Vegetarian Manchurian- Swap chicken with Cauliflower florets. Make a thin consistency batter (don't use egg) dredge florets in the batter and deep fry. You can add other stir-fried vegetables or baked cauliflower florets too. For the sauce, use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.
Gluten-Free Chicken Manchurian - swap flour with rice flour or gluten-free flour. Use gluten-free soy sauce in place of regular soy sauce.