Chicken Manchurian

One thing I miss about the pre-marriage life is, having 3am snacks with my brother. My brother and I have always loved food. Though we are very particular about what we like, we kind of have the same preferences. And mom always fulfilled our demands. She would always come up with something for evening snacks. Or anytime we told her we were hungry, some idea would surely pop up. That’s why they’re called SUPERMOMS.

Mom has always had this habit of cooking where she will measure each and every ingredient before adding. For every dish, she knows exactly how much of an ingredient is to be added. I guess that’s amazing. I’m trying to inherit that habit of hers. One fine day, she was trying out a new recipe. Flour, spices, chicken, marination process going on. She marinated the chicken and deep fried it. I LOVE CHICKEN. Boiled, grilled, barbecued, fried, baked, whatever kind it is. Just has to be tasty. I remember standing right there when she was removing the chicken from the pan, and I grabbed a few bites. She would never stop me. I asked casually, “what are you making”? She said, “Chicken Chow Chow”. I have no clue how she came up with that name, but it sounded like Chinese and so was her dish.


1 chicken breast cut into cubes

For marination:

4 tsp refined flour

1 tsp corn flour

3/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 egg

1 tsp soy sauce


Green chillies (as per taste)

For gravy/sauce:

2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste/chopped finely

1 large onion – cut into cubes

1 green capsicum – cut into cubes

3 tbsp ketchup

5 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp cashew nut powder

1 tsp red chilly powder

Marinate the chicken in flour, corn flour, black pepper, cumin powder, egg, soy sauce and salt (taste and add salt because of the soy sauce).

Mix the chicken well, keep it marinated for an hour if you can, or you can fry it immediately. Add a thin layer of oil for shallow frying. I didn’t want to deep fry it, but you can do so. Fry the chicken till it’s cooked and no longer pink. Remove and drain the oil.

In another pan, take 2 tbsp oil, add cashew nut powder and red chilly powder. Let it cook for a few seconds and add the capsicum and onion. Close the lid and let it cook till it’s soft. Now add ginger garlic paste / chopped finely and cook for a few minutes. Add green chillies. Now add the fried chicken and mix well. Add ketchup and soy sauce. Check the taste, if you like more ketchup or soy sauce. Depends on everyone’s taste. If you prefer dry, do not add water. If you like gravy, add water.

Let me know if you try the recipe.