Today I tried something a little different, an Indo-Chinese recipe – Chicken Manchurian. This dish is pretty popular but if you haven’t heard of it, Chicken Manchurian brings the best of both worlds from Indian and Chinese cuisine. I had never made this dish before and couldn’t find a recipe I found very appealing. Although, there are almost countless ways to make this, I decided to experiment a bit by trying two different types of sauce. The first sauce I found to have very strong flavor. The second sauce I found very mild. I preferred the mild sauce and so did the others that tried it but if you like a spicier sauce, just add a little more garlic, ginger and a couple diced green chilies. The chicken is coated with a batter and then deep fried giving it a very soft texture. The batter is a basic combination of flour, corn starch, egg, and salt and pepper. If you feel the batter is a little thick feel free to add a tiny bit of water to thin it out. Chicken Manchurian Is best served with white rice. Enjoy.
Ingredients: 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” pieces) 1 ½ tablespoons flour 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch 1 egg salt and pepper (to taste) 1 large onion (sliced) Sauce-½ cup chicken broth ¼ cup ketchup ¼ cup tomato puree 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon garlic (minced) 1 tablespoon ginger (minced) 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon cornstarch fresh cilantro (chopped, for garnish) oil (for frying)
Step 1: In a bowl mix together flour, 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch, egg, salt and pepper. If batter is too thick add a tiny bit of water to thin it out. Dip chicken pieces into batter, coat well and deep fry chicken pieces in batches in your deep fryer at 375 degrees until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm until needed.
Step 2: Add a tiny bit of oil to your wok and stir fry slices onions for about 1 minute. Add garlic and ginger stir fry for 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, ketchup, tomato puree, soy sauce, and sugar. Mix well stirring and bring to a boil. Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and pour into mixture while stirring. Cook until sauce thickens. Step 3: In a bowl pour the sauce over the chicken pieces. Mix well and top with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve with white rice. Ingredients:
Servings: 4 Units: US | Metric 1 lb chicken meat, cut into 1inch square pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour 1 beaten egg 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour salt ground black pepper 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 tablespoons crushed ginger 2 tablespoons crushed garlic 2 tablespoons crushed green chili peppers 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon soya sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon ajinomoto 2 tablespoons cornflour, dissolved in 1/4 cup water Directions:
1 Mix corn flour, flour, salt and pepper with the beaten egg to make the batter. 2 Dip the chicken pieces in the batter, deep fry till golden brown. Keep aside. 3 For the Manchurian sauce, heat oil in a pan. Lightly fry garlic and ginger till they just change color. 4 Add green chilies and cilantro leaves. Fry for a minute. 5 Reduce heat, add chicken stock, Soya sauce, salt, sugar, pepper and ajinomoto. Cook for 5 minutes. 6 Add corn flour mixed with water and give one boil. Add fried chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.