Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of … Chicken Manchurian

Chicken Manchurian - delicious and popular Chinese recipes

In layman’s terms, Chicken Manchurian is chicken balls (ahem) cooked in a spicy sauce. The simple name belies the flavor sensation that comes with cooking this dish. Chicken Manchurian is one of China’s most popular recipes; and for good reason. It is delicious served over either steamed rice or noodles, particularly Hakka noodles. Are you ready? Let’s get started.


250g chicken mince
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup refined flour
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Oil for deep frying
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 large capsicum-chopped fine


(Mix these together)
3 Tbsp corn flour-blended
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 Tbsp chopped celery or 1/4 tsp celery salt
2 cups water


1. Mix together the chicken, egg, flour, garlic and ginger paste, enough water so as to have a thick batter. Leave this for 5-10 minutes.
2. Heat the oil, keeping the heat high drop heaped teaspoonfuls of batter and fry to a golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper till required.
3. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil, and stir-fry the garlic and onion in it over high heat, till the onions look glossy. Add the capsicum and turn around a few times.
4. Add the sauce mixture, and simmer till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent.
5. Add the fried balls, turn around a few times and serve.