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My husband and I are huge Chinese fans, and salt and pepper chicken is one of our favourite dishes. 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 would cook it. 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!
Ingredients for salt and pepper chicken:
100g plain flour
300g chicken breast
1 large egg
Salt + Pepper
Home made salt and pepper chicken:
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.
Products I use when making this recipe:
Can you make salt and pepper chicken with plain flour?
Yes, absolutely! I have here! Cornflour DOES give a lovely crunch, so use it if you have it, but plain flour works great too. The main thing that makes salt and pepper chicken so tasty is the fresh ingredients!
Fancy making a slow cooker salt and pepper chicken?
Skip the flour process, add your chicken, veggies and spices/herbs to the pot and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low. It’s super simple, and a great way to have a nice takeaway style dinner waiting when you get home!
Fancy something sweet? These gluten free jam drops are lush:
How to make salt and pepper chicken:
Salt and pepper chicken
A Chinese Takeaway style recipe
- 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
Mix together the flour and butter. You want to achieve a breadcrumb consistency.
Mix your egg in a bowl.
Dip the chicken breast into the egg and then the breadcrumb. Sprinkle with salt.
Fry the chicken in vegetable oil for around 6 minutes, until lightly browned.
Fry your peppers and onions.
Combine the soy sauce, ginger, chilli pepper, salt & pepper and a little vegetable oil.
Spray your chicken on a baking tray. Drizzle over the sauce.
Cook at Gas Mark 5 (190C) for 15 minutes.