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Chilli Chicken

73-08 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY 11372 40.746781 -73.892253
at 73rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-651-0848 Send to Phone

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Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.; 7 at 74th St.-Broadway

Prices

$8.95-$12.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Queens Blvd. to Northern Blvd., 63rd St. to 83rd St.

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This venue is closed.

In the 74th Street hub of Indian eats, Chilli Chicken stands out as a hot spot for Indian-Chinese, a fiery crossbreed that foregoes curries altogether. Created by Chinese migrants who moved to India, the cuisine uses the familiar trio of soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, buzzed with plenty of chile peppers. This cooking technique is all about caramelization, not stir-fry. Multicolored lights twinkle above arched mirrors in the yellow and red dining room; heating ducts are adorned with a gold-leaf pattern, and deep red paint swathes the industrial ceiling. The three Nepalese owners have all spent time in Bombay (which has a big Indo-Chinese community), and poultry is their culinary signature: Honey sesame chicken resembles a chile-pepper-fueled version of sweet and sour; classic chicken lollipop fries the meaty part of wing bones (frenched to resemble mini-drumsticks) to a crunch, and tops the toothsome morsels with an addictive sauce of long-cooked onions, chile, ginger, and garlic. The ubiquitous bird also appears under wraps, in mom, Nepalese dumplings. Garlic-and-onion breath a concern? Grab a spoonful of toasted anise seeds from the counter on the way out, and munch your way to freshness.

Recommended Dishes

Chicken lollypop, $4.95; chicken Manchurian, $10.95; chilli fried cauliflower, $8.95; shrimp salt and pepper, $5.95

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