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Indo Chinese Chilli Chicken dry in Air Fryer

No-Fry Indo Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry in Air Fryer (Video)

Indo Chinese Chilli Chicken dry is a fantastic chicken recipe to try in Air fryer. Made with air fried chicken bites flash tossed in a mixture of sauces! This chilli chicken without frying tastes just as good as it's deep fried counterpart.
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Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Indo-Chinese
Keyword: Indo Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Meghna Chakraborty


For the First Marinade

For The Second Marinade

For the Stir Fry

  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper diced into ½" squares
  • ½ cup red bell pepper diced into ½" squares
  • ½ cup green bell pepper diced into ½" squares
  • ½ cup orange bell pepper diced into ½" squares
  • 1 cup onion diced into ½" squares & separated
  • 1.5 tbsp Finely Chopped Garlic.
  • ½ cup chopped scallion the white, light green part
  • ½ cup chopped scallion green leafy part
  • ¼ cup dark soy sauce
  • 2.5 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp green chili sauce
  • ½ cup Tomato Ketchup more if needed
  • ¾ cup corn starch slurry 2.5 tbsp cornstarch mixed into water to form a slurry
  • Salt (to taste)
  • ¼ cup Canola Oil or any oil


The First Marinade

  • Start off by washing the ½" bone-in chicken pieces (skin removed).
  • Add all the above mentioned ingredients from "FOR THE FIRST MARINADE" section. Mix well. Cover & rest for 2 hours minimum in the refrigerator.

The Second Marinade

  • Unwrap the bowl after 2 hours. Add all the ingredients from the "FOR THE SECOND MARINADE" section. Mix well until all the chicken pieces are evenly coated with the marinade.
  • Allow the marinated chicken pieces to rest for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Air Frying the Chicken

  • Prep the air fryer by lightly spraying the air fryer basket.
  • Now, arrange the marinated chicken pieces in a single layer without over crowding. Lightly spray oil.
  • Put the chicken loaded basket inside the air fryer.
  • Press the ON button. You'll see the little screen light up with zeros.
  • Now press the AIR FRY button. Set the temperature to 350 F and the time to 6 minutes.
  • Finally, press the START button. The air frying process will begin. In case you want to check the chicken in between, just press the PAUSE button & take out the basket. Once done put it back in the machine. The air frying will begin once again from where you left it automatically.
  • After 6 mins take out the air fryer basket carefully. DO NOT touch the body of the basket it's VERY HOT. Flip the chickens and air fry for more 4 mins by following the same settings (350 F).
  • Once done, take out the chicken pieces and set them aside.
  • In the meantime set up your favorite skillet over high heat. Pour canola oil.
  • Throw the chopped garlic saute for a few seconds. Next, add the scallions (the white & light green part). Saute for a few seconds.
  • Next, add the onion squares. Saute for couple of seconds. The onions should remain crunchy so do not fry more. They will turn limp.
  • Add salt, all the bell peppers, the green leafy part of the scallion. Mix well. 
  • Now, add the soy sauce, the teriyaki sauce, the green chili sauce & the ketchup. Mix well.
  • Add the corn starch slurry. Mix everything well until the whitish texture of the corn starch slurry completely disappears. It should take you a few seconds.
  • Finally, add the air fried chicken bites quickly. Mix over high heat, until the pieces are evenly coated with the sticky sauce.
  • Add the slit green chilies. Mix. turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions & serve immediately. Enjoy!



  1. A WOK is recommended to stir fry a Chilli chicken recipe. It's thin surface is best for flash frying over high heat and incorporates the flavors extremely well. My wok is not Induction compatible. So, I had to make the dish in a regular skillet. But if you own a WOK use it. The flavors are so much better.
  2. You may adjust the sauces according to your taste preferrences. the porportions worked well for us but you may want a little more or little less. So, do not hesitate to experiment. Same goes with the green chilies. skip them totally or add more. As you wish :)
  3. Remember to toss the chicken in sauces on high flame. This is mandatory.
  4. If you do not like crunchy veggies, cook them for some more time.
  5. DO NOT touch the surface or the sides of the air fryer basket when it's HOT.
  6. You may spray more oil if you like the taste. More oil, less oil both ways work extremely well in an air fryer.
  7. If you want to check the chicken inbetween the air frying process go ahead & press the PAUSE button. Once, you insert the basket back to the machine, the cooking process will resume back automatically.
  8. Serve the Chilli Chicken IMMEDIATELY. If you delay the crispiness will VANISH!

Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.

PLEASE NOTE: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet or special diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator!
Nutrition Facts
No-Fry Indo Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry in Air Fryer (Video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 420mg12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 245kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 500IU