Roti Stir Fry Recipe
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Roti Stir Fry with Chicken

One of my favorite things to watch on the Internet right now is the Bon Appetit “From the Test Kitchen” episodes on their Facebook page. I’ve always loved Priya Krishna’s videos on this channel – like this Roti Pizza. Priya just came out with a new cookbook, Indianish, and I was lucky enough to get sent a copy! I made this delicious Roti Stir Fry from her book (with some humble Macheesmo additions).

This recipe is such a refreshing change on the classic saucy stir fry. It actually has no sauce at all. Instead it has a pile of stir-fried veggies, seasoned chicken (my addition), and crispy strips of roti bread. You can also use tortillas in a pinch.

My family absolutely loved this recipe. Even my kiddos, who are generally weary of stir-fry dishes, were happy to pick out the things they like and loved the chicken and crispy strips. It was a total win!

Check out the recipe below and be sure to enter the Giveaway for Indianish at the end of the post!

Roti Stir Fry Recipe

Roti Stir Fry

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Serves 4-6.
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Stir Fry! This one is packed with seasoned chicken, loads of veggies, and the secret ingredient: thin strips of roti bread which get crispy in the skillet.

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 pound chicken, sliced thin
12 fresh curry leaves or 1 tablespoon yellow curry paste
2 serrano peppers, chopped fine
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1/2 small green cabbage, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
4 7-inch roti breads (or tortillas), sliced thin
1 tablespoon chaat masala (optional)
1 lime, juice only
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, garnish
1/4 cup roasted peanuts or cashews
Salt and pepper to taste
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Directions

  1. Prep all ingredients. Slice chicken into thin strips if you’re using it. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Prep all veggies and slice roti bread into thin 1/4-inch strips.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove chicken from the skillet and add another tablespoon of olive oil along with all the chopped or shredded veggies. Cook for another 5-6 minutes until veggies cook down slightly.
  4. Remove veggies from the skillet and add the rest of the olive oil (about 2 tablespoons). Add sliced roti bread and cook, stirring regularly, until bread is crispy in spots. After bread has cooked for a few minutes, add in cooked chicken and veggies. Toss to combine.
  5. Season stir fry with Chaat Masala (optional), lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish stir fry with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve immediately so bread stays a bit crispy.
Adapted from Priya Krishna's book, Indianish.

How to Make Roti Stir Fry

Along with my copy of Indianish I also got sent a nice spice pack of some common Indian spices. My favorite was this Chaat Masala. I used it liberally in my version of this stir fry but if you can’t find it, you can leave it out. It’s not in Priya’s original recipe.

Chaat Masala - Roti Stir Fry

This stuff is good.

I started my stir fry with some thinly sliced chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, and chaat masala. I cooked this entire thing in one skillet in stages. Chicken was first!

Chicken cooking - Roti Stir Fry

Optional chicken.

While the chicken cooked, I prepared all the veggies. The cabbage was my favorite in this spread and when I made this for my family I left out the spicy peppers, but would’ve included them if I had my wish!

Veggies - Roti Stir Fry

Good colors.

When the chicken is cooked, remove it, add a fresh drizzle of oil, and wilt down all the veggies. Looking good!

Cooked veggies - Roti Stir Fry

Cooked down.

I veered a bit from Priya’s recipe for the addition of the bread. She says to just toss it all in but I wanted to make sure that the strips got really crispy so I fried them for a few minutes by themselves.

Crispy Roti for Stir Fry

Crispy Bread

Then I added my chicken and veggies back in and seasoned the whole stir fry with salt, pepper, and a little more Chaat Masala.

Crispy Roti Stir Fry

All together!

Garnish the finished stir fry with cilantro and chopped peanuts!

I usually think of stir fries as having a sauce, but this was a refreshing twist and I definitely didn’t miss a sauce for it.

I found this stir fry was best right away. I had some leftovers on day two and the bread wasn’t crispy anymore so it kind of lost some of its texture. Not terrible, but not as good as straight out of the skillet!

Crispy Roti Stir Fry Recipe

Indianish Giveaway

I’m giving away two copies of Indianish! As someone who knows very little about Indian culture, I thought this was a really fun read and a great entry book into a cuisines that can be a bit intimidating. Plus Priya is a funny and wonderful writer!

To enter, use the widget below or just leave a comment below if you like Indian food! I’ll pick winners in one week and mail you a copy! U.S. shipping addresses only are eligible.

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10 comments on “Roti Stir Fry with Chicken

  1. I love Indian food from all the regions, north, south, bengali. Curries, dals, chaat, mmm. I wish I was able to find some of the ingredients more readily such as curry leaves.

    1. Totally. I couldn’t easily find fresh curry leaves either so I just substituted a big spoonful of mild yellow curry paste and it worked great.

  2. I love to eat Indian food, but I rarely make it at home. I usually save it for date nights because I am a little intimidated by all the different spices and ingredients. Would love to check out this book and try some of the recipes!

  3. I have not had many dishes that are Indian, but the few I have had have been very tasty! I would love to try making some at home!

  4. I luv Indian food but seldom get to eat it because there aren’t any Indian restaurants where I live.
    I would like to try cooking some myself!

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