Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken

    40 minutes

    Salt and pepper chicken is a common Chinese dish and found in most takeaway restaurants. This is an easy version you can make at home.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 slices fresh ginger
    • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespooon shaoxing wine
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1 egg
    • 700g skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into small pieces
    • 1 litre vegetable oil
    • 200g sweet potato starch
    • 100g lettuce
    • 15g salt and 15g ground white pepper mixed together

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. In a ceramic dish make a marinade by adding ginger, spring onions, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, salt, shaoxing wine, pepper and 1 egg. Blend well and mix in the chicken. Let sit for 20 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, arrange the lettuce leaves on a big serving plate.
    3. Heat the oil to 170 degrees C in a large frying pan.
    4. Dust the chicken in sweet potato starch and gently drop into the hot oil. Deep fry until golden then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
    5. Place the chicken on the lettuce leaves and sprinkle with salt-pepper mixture. Note: do not use high heat to fry the chicken.


    Shaoxing wine and sweet potato starch can be purchased in Asian speciality shops or online. If sweet potato starch is unavailable, substitute with ordinary potato starch.

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