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. Here is how it turned out:

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 breadcrumb mixture, sprinkle with salt and then dip in the egg mixture.

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). 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.

Liked this recipe? You might like one of my other simple dishes:

Bolognese pasta bake

Ultimate lazy tuna fishcakes

Sweet potato hash

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

10 Responses

  1. Steph at Mental Parentals October 22, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Ooo Yum! I love salt and pepper chicken from the takeaway – although have never made it myself. Sounds lovely and a lot easier than I expected x

  2. 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)

  3. Maria Hughes November 17, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Katy, that looks amazing! I’ve bookmarked that to try when I’m feeling better x

    • katykicker November 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      It is SO nice! Hope you feel well soon x

  4. 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.

  5. Morgan February 3, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness I need to try that salt and pepper chicken! Yum!

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