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Fijian chilli chicken: A simple recipe to make at home

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Fijian Chilli Chicken is a simple chicken recipe that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner served with jasmine or basmati rice. Follow our recipe with step-by-step photos.

On a visit to Fiji, we had the opportunity to eat some amazing traditional food like this Fijian Chilli Chicken. Fijian recipes and dishes clearly showed the influence of the other cultures that exist on the islands.  They also showed the input of the chefs, many of whom are citizens of other countries and with particularly strong ties to India. 

Everything comes together in a melting pot of cuisines and ideas.  The end result is some very tasty but very simple food.

fijian chilli chicken

What goes into this recipe

image of all ingredients in fijian chilli chicken; chicken, cornflour, onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, vegetable oil. vegetables

Why this recipe works

  • It uses simple ingredients, and it is healthy.
  • It’s an easy chilli chicken recipe. You don’t need to be an accomplished cook to make this.
  • It doesn’t use a lot of ingredients. Most of them should be easily found in your own pantry or at your local grocery store or market.
  • Doing all of the preparation of ingredients first means a quick, simple and perfect cook. The ingredients don’t require much cooking, so if you have to start chopping vegetables or measuring liquids out when you have ingredients in the wok, it just won’t work as well as you will overcook or burn items.
  • It’s a very versatile recipe that allows for substitution. You can substitute the chicken protein element and also include more or different vegetables.
  • It’s perfect for reheating as leftovers the next day.

Recipe notes

  • Chicken breast fillet has been used in this recipe, but it could be easily swapped out for chicken thigh fillets. If using thigh fillets, you will just need to cook a little longer.
  • Pork also makes a good protein for this recipe. Just cut the pieces more finely than you would for chicken. You might also like to try this Chinese pork stir fry.
  • Any or all of the vegetables can be swapped out, allowing you to make a simple, healthy meal quickly at home with what you have available.
  • Cornflour is the same thing as cornstarch.
  • Vegetable oil is used in this recipe but you can use rice bran oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, or even olive oil. The small amount of oil used in the recipe will make little difference to the overall flavour.
  • Preparation is very important in this dish as once you are ready to cook it all needs to happen really quickly. There’s no time to cut ingredients at this time.
  • Be careful not to cook the chicken for too long the first time or else it will be overcooked once you put it back in for the final turn with the vegetables.
  • We have used fresh ginger and garlic in this recipe but the alternative is to use bottled ingredients.
  • The longer you can leave the chicken to marinate the better.
  • The type and amount of vegetables that can be added is completely variable.
  • The amount of sauce can also be changed. If you like more sauce, increase the amount of chicken stock and vary the amount of cornflour depending on your preference for a thinner or thicker sauce.
  • The chilli level here is what I would call mild but always increase or decrease depending on your chilli tolerance. It can be left out altogether, but this is a chilli chicken recipe after all!

How to make Fijian Chilli Chicken

Step 1 | Prepare all ingredients

Prepare all ingredients first. This dish cooks very quickly, so having them all ready makes the cooking process much easier.

fijian chilli chicken ingredients

Step 2 | Prepare chicken and marinate

Cut chicken into strips or small chunks and marinate with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for at least one hour. The longer, the better.

fijian chilli chicken marinating

Step 3 | Flour the chicken

Coat the chicken in a good layer of cornflour, enough not to have a soggy chicken mess in your hands.

coasting chicken in cornflour

Step 4 | Cook the chicken

Fry the chicken for a few minutes until the outer coating is brown and they are partially cooked.

fijian chilli chicken frying the chicken

Step 5

Remove the chicken from the pan and place on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

fried chicken

Step 6 | Cook aromatics and vegetables

Heat the oil in a wok and quickly fry off the onion, garlic and ginger.

cooking the garlic ginger and onion

Step 7

Add the chilli paste, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir. Then add the drops of sesame oil. Add the vegetables and cook for several minutes, stirring around the wok.

fijian chilli chicken adding vegetables

Step 8 | Add the chicken back in

Add the chicken to the wok once again and finish cooking.

fijian chilli chicken final cooking

Step 9 | Make the sauce

Add the stock in with the cornflour to thicken and make a sauce. Season where necessary. Serve with rice or noodles.

fijian chilli chicken without rice

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Fijian Chilli Chicken

Yield: 1 serve
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Fijian Chilli Chicken is a simple chicken recipe, made better by a zingy marinade, that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner served with jasmine or basmati rice. Follow our recipe with step-by-step photos.

Ingredients

  • Boneless chicken breast 160grams
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste (1/2 to marinate, remainder in cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (1/2 to marinate, remainder in cooking)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli paste (or extra if you like it hotter)
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce (1/2 to marinate, remainder in cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • several drops sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup fresh chicken stock 
  • Green capsicum cut into thin strips
  • Carrot cut into thin strips
  • Onion cut into chunks
  • Cabbage cut finely
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch for thickening
  • Cornflour/cornstarch  for dusting
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into strips or small chunks and marinate with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for at least one hour. The longer, the better.
  2. Coat the chicken in a good layer of cornflour, enough not to have a soggy chicken mess in your hands.
  3. Fry the chicken for a few minutes until the outer coating is brown and they are partially cooked.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Heat the oil in a wok and quickly fry off the onion, garlic and ginger.
  6. Add the chilli paste, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir. Add the drops of sesame oil.
  7. Add the vegetables and cook for several minutes, stirring around the wok.
  8. Add the chicken to the wok once again and finish cooking.
  9. Add the stock in with the cornflour to thicken and make a sauce.
  10. Season where necessary.
  11. 11. Serve with rice or noodles.

Notes

  • Chicken breast fillet has been used in this recipe, but it could be easily swapped out for chicken thigh fillets. If using thigh fillets, you will just need to cook a little longer.
  • Pork also makes a good protein for this recipe. Just cut the pieces more finely than you would for chicken. You might also like to try this Chinese pork stir fry.
  • Any or all of the vegetables can be swapped out, allowing you to make a simple, healthy meal quickly at home with what you have available.
  • Cornflour is the same thing as cornstarch.
  • Vegetable oil is used in this recipe but you can use rice bran oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, or even olive oil. The small amount of oil used in the recipe will make little difference to the overall flavour.
  • Preparation is very important in this dish as once you are ready to cook it all needs to happen really quickly. There's no time to cut ingredients at this time.
  • Be careful not to cook the chicken for too long the first time or else it will be overcooked once you put it back in for the final turn with the vegetables.
  • We have used fresh ginger and garlic in this recipe but the alternative is to use bottled ingredients.
  • The longer you can leave the chicken to marinate the better.
  • The type and amount of vegetables that can be added is completely variable.
  • The amount of sauce can also be changed. If you like more sauce, increase the amount of chicken stock and vary the amount of cornflour depending on your preference for a thinner or thicker sauce.
  • The chilli level here is what I would call mild but always increase or decrease depending on your chilli tolerance. It can be left out altogether, but this is a chilli chicken recipe after all!
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 533mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

    This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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    Thanks to the team at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort for sharing their recipe with me (with a few creative changes)

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