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Salt and pepper chicken recipe

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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!

Cooked Salt and pepper chicken in a black baking tray

Ingredients for salt and pepper chicken:

100g plain flour

25g butter

300g chicken breast

1 large egg



Vegetable oil

Chilli Peppers


Salt + Pepper

Soy Sauce

Air fryer tortilla chips in an air fryer basket

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)

Salt and pepper chips in a wok with text overlay that says how to make salt and pepper chips

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.

Stuffed crust pizza made with dough from the breadmaker

Products I use when making this recipe:

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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:

Cooked Salt and pepper chicken in a black baking tray
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Salt and pepper chicken

A Chinese Takeaway style recipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 367kcal
Author Katykicker



  • 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.


Calories: 367kcal

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Liked this recipe? You might like one of my other easy, delicious dishes:

Mince pasta bake

Ultimate lazy tuna fishcakes

Dairy free cheese and tomato pinwheels

Slow cooker beef keema curry

Easy homemade garlic bread

If you enjoyed this post I’d love it if you could pin it on Pinterest!

Cooked salt and pepper chicken with green and red peppers and text overlay that says salt & pepper chicken
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Sunday 4th of February 2018

It is So delicious! x


Wednesday 13th of December 2017

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?


Thursday 14th of December 2017

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.


Sunday 19th of November 2017

It is SO nice! Hope you feel well soon x


Saturday 28th of October 2017

It is surprisingly simple!


Thursday 26th of October 2017

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


Saturday 28th of October 2017

It is surprisingly easy! (And yummy)

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