Made from authentic Chinese flavours, this dish is a must-try! Chicken Manchurian is a dish liked by all age groups as a starter dish at parties. Fried chicken balls cooked in a spicy sauce batter and served with Fried Rice steamed rice or Veg or Chicken noodles.
A traditional indo Chinese dish that can be made at home by some simple ingredients and method.
The creation of Chicken Manchurian is in fact credited to Nelson Wang of China Garden who introduced Manchurian to Mumbai in 1975. He started playing around with quintessential Indian ingredients like garlic, ginger, chilli and just added a splash of soya sauce instead of garam masala – and voila.
Instead of deep-frying chicken balls in this recipe, I am sharing Air fried chicken balls recipe which will simmer in delectable gravy. And using Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce in gravy.
Minced chicken 1 lbs /500 gm
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp refined oil or Canola oil
1 carrot, grated
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Chilli oil /any cooking oil
1 medium onion Sliced
1-2 chopped green chilli
1/4 cup mixed veggies (carrot/cabbage /red bell pepper)
1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or Water
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp light soya sauce or Coconut Aminos
1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce
1tbsp Tomato ketchup (optional)
salt to taste
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Preheat your airfryer on 360 F or select menu for chicken/poultry.
Meanwhile, Take a bowl and add minced chicken, chopped veggies, minced garlic or garlic powder, all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt (be careful while adding salt as we will add in Gravy too.)Mix all these ingredients properly and prepare a batter. brush your air fryer with oil, before keeping chicken balls to cook.
Apply oil on airfryer basket or use spray oil for cooking it will prevent from sticking uncooked chicken balls.
Next, apply oil on your palm to make chicken balls or with a help of spoon Scoop and make a shape. Place the ball one by one. Make the sure gap between balls so it cooked evenly.
Let it cook for 10-15 min or till its fully cooked, merely turn in between for even color and crunchiness. Just apply little bit oil to balls with brush or spray it(Optional)
Cooked entire chicken mixture in a similar manner.Remove to a plate and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan to prepare gravy for Manchurian. I am using chili oil you can take any oil of your choice.
Add sliced onion and green chilies and saute it.
Add veggies and cook it .
Add chilli garlic sauce ,coconut aminos or Soy sauce and then add chicken stock or water and boil it .
Add Chicken balls in boiling gravy and slowly cornflour & water Slurry to thicken gravy and once it starts thickening as per your preference add vinegar,salt to taste and check seasoning then shut off the flame.
Serve it hot With Steamed Rice/Noodles or Fried Rice.
Notes:- Adding veggies to chicken minced is completely optional.
Quantity of Sauce depends on individual preferences (Add green chilli sauce or red chilli sauce or skip it)
Add the sauce mixture, and simmer till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent.
Always break one cooked ball and check as it’s completely cooked from inside
Don’t imbibe or eat half cooked or uncooked its not at all healthy.
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