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chicken manchurian gravy

Chicken Manchurian Gravy

A delicious and popular Indo-Chinese recipe-Chicken Manchurian Gravy. Fried chicken pieces in a spicy and tangy sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Keyword Chicken manchurian gravy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 567kcal
Author Fareeha


Ingredients for frying the chicken

  • 1/2 kg boneless chicken
  • 1/2 cup maida or all purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 tbsp cornflour corn starch
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • water as required to form a smooth paste
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep or shallow frying

Ingredients for preparing the sauce

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small bunch finely chopped spring onion scallions, finely chopped whites.
  • 4-5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp corn flour dissolved in 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp red chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 or 1.5 cup water or chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • some chopped spring onion/scallion greens for garnishing


Frying the chicken

  • Firstly cut the boneless chicken into medium size pieces. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients maida, cornflour, salt, ginger garlic and black pepper for making the batter.
  • Add water to these ingredients to form a smooth batter without any lumps.
  • Dip the chicken pieces in the prepared batter until they are well coated with it. Fry the coated chicken pieces in hot oil one by one.
  • While frying, the chicken pieces might start to stick to each other due to the cornflour. So keep stirring the chicken pieces lightly while frying, so that they don’t stick to each other. Fry until they turn golden brown.Remove the golden fried chicken with a slotted spoon and drain onto kitchen tissues.

Preparing Chicken Manchurian Gravy

  • Leave 2 tbsp oil in the same pan after removing the excess oil from it and fry the onions on high heat till translucent.
  • Add the garlic, and fry for a further 30 secs.
  • Add water or chicken stock and cook till it gives a boil.
  • Add soy sauce, red chilli sauce, tomato sauce. Mix well and let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the cornflour paste to thicken the sauce while stirring continuously.
  • Add vinegar and the fried chicken pieces. Let it simmer till it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Serve the chicken manchurian gravy hot garnished with spring onion.



  • You can add in a dash of sugar if you prefer a bit of sweet taste to it. 
  • Water can be replaced with chicken stock for enhanced flavor.