Chilli chicken in 45 minutes

An Indo-Chinese classic using juicy chicken thighs. It’s spicy, sweet and deeply savoury everything you want from a meal.

How to

1. Tip the chicken into a bowl with the soy and black pepper, and mix well. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or longer if you have time. Drain off any liquid into a small bowl, then toss in the cornflour and mix well.

Chilli chicken

2. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over a high heat and stir-fry the onion and peppers for 5 minutes until charred at the edges and beginning to soften.

3. Tip in the chillies and garlic, and cook for a minute more. Remove from the heat and add the soy, as well as any drained liquid from the marinated chicken, the honey and rice vinegar. Mix the cornflour with 100ml of cold water, then tip into the pan. Put back over a medium heat, mix and reduce for 8-10 minutes or until saucy. Keep warm.

Chilli chicken

4. Fill a deep frying pan with 1cm of oil and heat over a medium-high heat. Fry the chicken pieces in batches for 5 minutes on each side until crisp and golden. Tip onto kitchen paper and season with sea salt flakes.

5. Tip the crispy chicken into the sauce and toss to coat. Serve with lots of steamed rice.

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