Salt and pepper chicken recipe

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My husband and I are huge Chinese fans. We have been working to save money on takeaways and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by eating less takeaways. In the past, before our daughter was born, we would always cook Chinese food. Mostly my husband. We have resolved to get back to our old habits with this and save ourselves lots of money. Recently we enjoyed egg fried rice and salt and pepper chicken. You can scroll near the end of this post to find a printable recipe card for my salt and pepper chicken recipe!

Salt and pepper chicken

Salt and pepper chicken – Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

100g plain flour

25g butter

300g chicken breast

1 large egg



Vegetable oil

Chilli Peppers


Salt + Pepper

Soy Sauce

Salt and pepper chicken – Method

Combine together the flour and butter, by hand. This will give you a breadcrumb mixture.

Mix the egg in a separate bowl.

Dip the chicken in the egg then the breadcrumb mixture and sprinkle with salt.

Fry the chicken in vegetable oil until cooked through and lightly browned.

Lightly fry the peppers and onions (I dry fried these)

Mix together soy sauce, ginger, a chopped chilli pepper, salt + pepper and a little vegetable oil.

Place the fried chicken in a baking tray. Sprinkle the oil mixture over the chicken, ensuring that it all gets coated.

Pop in the oven, at gas mark 5 (190C) for 15 minues. This gives you time to make egg fried rice, or another lovely side dish like chow mein.

This was my first time making salt and pepper chicken and I think it went really well! It was slightly less unhealthy than the version that I have bought before, as the breadcrumb mixture wasn’t as stodgy. It was really tasty and the perfect main dish for a Chinese night at home. I’m really pleased with how well it turned out and the flavours that came from using fresh ginger and chilli peppers.

How to make my salt and pepper chicken recipe:

Salt and pepper chicken

Servings 3 servings



  • 100 g plain flour
  • 25 g butter
  • 300 g chicken breast
  • 15 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 egg free-range
  • mixed peppers
  • 1 onion


  • 15 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 chilli chopped
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • salt + pepper
  • 30 ml soy sauce


  1. Mix together the flour and butter. You want to achieve a breadcrumb consistency.

  2. Mix your egg in a bowl. 

  3. Dip the chicken breast into the egg and then the breadcrumb. Sprinkle with salt.

  4. Fry the chicken in vegetable oil for around 6 minutes, until lightly browned. 

  5. Fry your peppers and onions. 

  6. Combine the soy sauce, ginger, chilli pepper, salt & pepper and a little vegetable oil. 

  7. Spray your chicken on a baking tray. Drizzle over the sauce. 

  8. Cook at Gas Mark 5 (190C) for 15 minutes.

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How to make salt and pepper chicken in just minutes. Frugal, fakeaway, money saving takeaway, Chinese recipe

7 Responses

  1. Alison October 26, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I love salt and pepper chicken! I’m 100% going to give this a try!!

    • katykicker October 28, 2017 / 8:09 am

      It is surprisingly easy! (And yummy)

  2. katykicker November 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    It is SO nice! Hope you feel well soon x

  3. EllieRaine December 13, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    My daughter loves this but she hasn’t been able to have as she’s currently losing weight by following Slimming World. ( she’s lost 3 stone this year already)
    Anyway, I digress, wouldn’t it be healthier to use Sunflower oil or olive oil instead of vegetable oil?

    • katykicker December 14, 2017 / 11:39 am

      You can definitely use another oil if you want to – recipes are there for adapting. I fried in vegetable oil because of the high cooking temperature for frying.

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