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Fried sweet chilli chicken

Delicious, addictive, and perfect served with an icy cold beer and chips.

Fried sweet chilli chicken

Serves 2-4 to share
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook in: 10 minutes

This quick and easy fried chicken is delicious and addictive. You can use chicken breast, but I love juicy chicken thighs on the bone. Serve with an icy cold beer and chips.

2 chicken thighs, skinned and halved on the bone
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned and halved on the bone
4 tablespoons cornflour
2 egg whites
groundnut oil for deep-frying
sea salt and ground white pepper

For the sauce
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2.5cm/1 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
1 medium red chilli, deseeded
6 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
1 small handful of freshly chopped coriander

1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and white pepper. Combine the cornflour and egg whites to make a batter.
2. Heat a wok over a high heat and fill it to one-third of its depth with groundnut oil. Heat the oil to 180ºC/375ºF or until a cube of bread dropped in turns golden brown in 15 seconds and floats to the surface.
3. Dip the chicken slices in the batter, then place in a spider, lower into the oil and deep-fry for about 5 minutes until crispy and golden. Lift out using the spider or tongs and drain on absorbent kitchen paper. Pour the oil from the wok through a sieve into a heatproof container.
4. To make the sauce, wipe out the wok and heat over a high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the drained oil and, when it starts to smoke, add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the chilli sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. Mix well.
5. Return the chicken to the wok and turn to coat in the hot sauce, then stir in the coriander and serve immediately.

Comments (31)

  • allan

    almost 2 years ago


    i need to know how to make the sweet chili sauce

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  • Martin Connelly

    almost 2 years ago

    Martin Connelly

    Each time I cook it I spice it up with more ginger etc and put the same ingredients in to spring rolls

  • Anuradha

    almost 2 years ago


    Can this be made with shrimps? If yes, do shrimps need to be deep fried the same way with the same batter? I'm not sure if the egg would work?

  • Marnie

    2 years ago


    I made this as the recipe seemed really easy and the reviews sold it for me. But after putting the crispy chicken in the sauce and serving, it went really soggy and there was no crispiness to the batter. I suggest serving the sauce like you would sweet and sour chicken balls, half on, half off. But loks amazing and very tasty ( apart from the texture)

  • Juliette

    over 2 years ago


    This dish is the most delicious dish I have cooked in a long time. Being a mum I have cooked many different types of dishes over the years but this recipe is by far the best & easiest...can't wait to cook it again. I am now addicited to your web site & TV serial, keep up the great work.


    over 2 years ago


    yes yes purple acky, hows it goin big man??? ill be on your shoulders soon man! but i do agree this sweet chilli chicken rules!! even the granny's love this its my signiture dish!! cya soon purple acky!! x


    over 2 years ago


    Yeah man this luks tasty just like my times at the gym with my boys on my shoulders.hmmmmm i can taste the sweetness now.Yo hows it goin martin??xx


    over 2 years ago


    very nice food, big shout out to my homies who share the love for sweet chilli chicken thats our favourite meal at the house of love!!! DF, FC AND KF I LOVE YOU ALL MAN


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  • Francis

    over 2 years ago


    I'm a bloke and I don't do the cooking but cooked this and it was fantastic, I've cooked it three times now once whilst camping on a two ring camping cooker. It's very easy and very very tasty, cook loads eat lots.

  • Niniwa

    over 2 years ago


    Hi, just wondering if anyone has tried this recipe without deep frying the chicken - maybe stir fry it instead?

  • Amelia

    over 2 years ago


    Just made his but chopped the meat off the bone for smaller chunks and it was delicious! I think it would go really well with prawns and some sticky white rice, mmmmmmm!

  • Philippa

    over 2 years ago


    Lovely dish! I veganised this with deep fried tofu (don't know what it would be like to put it in batter??) needs bulking out as bit, because the tofu is not as substantial so I reccommend chucking in some greens (I used purple sprouting brocolli) and some cashew nuts stired through at the end. Yumalicious.

  • Kirsty08

    over 2 years ago


    I try this dish,its was very nice an very tasty.we love it .

  • Erika

    over 2 years ago


    This is one of the nicest dishes I've ever made, my friends said it was like eating at a restaurant. Could do with getting the chicken a bit crispier but I will definitely be making it many more times to perfect it. thanks for the recipe xxx

  • tom

    over 2 years ago


    wow ,nice easy very tasty dish to try ,an instant hit with my family and definatly be doing again

  • mikey

    over 2 years ago


    Saw dish on tv. Im no chef but it came out lovely. Girlfriend loved it. 1 browny point for me. ;)

  • robbie smith

    over 2 years ago

    robbie smith

    ive just made this and i must say i will give my self 9 out of 10 first try and i used it with Chinese lettuce in stead of bok choi

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  • Dan

    over 2 years ago


    Really easy, great first chinese dish to try!

  • Harry

    over 2 years ago


    Jo: Halved on the bone means literally take a drumstick and using a cleaver chop it into two equal sized pieces.

  • JoJo

    over 2 years ago


    my family love chinese food. as soon as i watched your show i went straight into the kitchen and started cooking. Easy, fast and very tasty. happy family and a happy me!

  • dave

    over 2 years ago


    brilliant recipy, one of my favouites. cooked it in canada for family and friend they went nuts for it, had to make 5 wok loads in two days.

  • Jo

    almost 3 years ago


    What does she mean by halved on the bone? How do you do that?

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  • Sue Baker

    almost 3 years ago

    Sue Baker

    A favourite with my family and expertly prepared and cooked by Sam (13)

  • Toni Wilde

    3 years ago

    Toni Wilde

    This is really yum i bulked it up with bok choy to make it go further

  • jacqueline

    3 years ago


    This was really easy to make and tasted brilliant. Just make sure that the oil is really hot or the batter doesn't stick properly. I now make this all the time as its become a favourite of everyone.

  • Mark Williams

    3 years ago

    Mark Williams

    This is the first time I have been able to cook a chinese and I would consider myself a reasonable cook. I can honestly say this is very quick and easy to prepare meal and it tastes delicious. Highly recommended looking forward to trying more recipies.

  • Nik Turner

    over 3 years ago

    Nik Turner

    This is fast becoming my favourite recipe! Its quick, Easy and very tasty! My family goes nuts for it!