Oven-fried Chilli Chicken‘s lightly spiced, crisp chicken pieces are baked in oven, rather than deep-fried, to reduce those pesky calories. This is a recipe from “Indian Food Made Easy” by Anjum Anand and those are her exact words.

OvenFried Chilli Chicken 2

My version’s slightly adapted, in that I omitted adding oil totally. It does taste slightly differently but then, it’s much healthier, of course.. 🙂

Ingredients: For the marinade

  • large knob fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2-4 green chillies, cut in half with the stalk, seeds and membranes removed
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil (didn’t add oil)

Ingredients: For chicken

  • 800g chicken pcs, skinned and pricked all over with a fork
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 slices white bread, processed to crumbs in a food processor
  • 1-2 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve



    Serves 4-6
    Prep time overnite
    Cook time 30-60 mins
    Total time overnite
total time


  1. For marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients in a pestle and mortar (or blender) and mix well to make a paste. Add chicken and coat each piece well in paste. Cover with cling film and leave for a couple of hours or overnite in fridge. Bring back to room temperature before continuing.
  2. Preheat oven to 225C.
  3. Pour oil (if using) into a roasting pan large enough to hold all chicken pieces in 1 layer. Place pan on a high shelf in oven for 15 mins to heat up.
  4. Mix salt, black pepper and cumin into breadcrumbs. Take chicken out of marinade, letting excess drip off and roll each piece in crumbs ensuring an even coating on all sides.
  5. Dip chicken pieces into beaten egg and add a second coating of crumbs. Place them on baking sheet and cook for 20 mins.
  6. Then lower oven to 200C, turn chicken and cook for another 15-25 mins (depending on size of chicken pieces), or till cooked thru.
  7. Place on a serving dish, lemon wedges (or sweet chilli sauce) and serve.

OvenFried Chilli Chicken 3

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