Manchurian Chicken

Manchurian Chicken

Something familiar for you Hakka food fanatics out there who are craving more Indian Chinese cuisine.  It’s truly the best of both worlds with a fusion of great tastes with traditional Chinese mixed with Indian flavours and spices.

Manchurian Chicken is a favourite for anyone who frequents Lin Garden, Lucky’s, or Fredericks and now you can try to bring that great taste back home without ordering take out.

There are a few thousand variations of this recipe but here’s one that works quite well.


1 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp chili powder
6 small green chilies, cut in half lengthwise
4 tbsp soy sauce (light or low sodium is fine)
2 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup of water
½ cup of oil (vegetable or canola)
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro leaves, finely chopped for garnish
toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Marinate chicken pieces with pepper, salt, garlic and ginger.
  2. Mix and combine everything in a bag for best results.
  3. In large oiled pan of skillet on high heat, start adding the water and cornstarch mixing to create a nice smooth consistency.
  4. Place the chicken in the pan and stir fry thoroughly mixing everything together – Fry the chicken to a golden brown with crispy ends without burning.
  5. Drain the rest of the mixture and place chicken in a resting bowl.
  6. Add some more oil to the pan and fry the chillies, onions, garlic, and ginger for about 4 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and add the chili powder, a bit of soy sauce to flavour, tomato sauce and mix well.
  8. Add the cilantro leaves, sesame seeds, and garnish
Title Photograph by SekharV

Title Photograph by SekharV


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  1. The best Manchurian Chicken I have eaten in Canada so far has been at Wangs Kitchen in Brmapton, Ontario and Chilli Chicken restaurant also in Brampton. Both places make it with sauce (also known as gravy) or dry, but with sauce is awesome.

    Posted by Cricket | January 20, 2011, 8:27 pm
  2. very nice

    Posted by | September 26, 2011, 1:50 pm