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Salt and Pepper Chicken

Salt and Pepper Chicken is the perfect fakeaway. Super easy and full of flavour, it's a great weekend treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Carrie Carvalho


  • Wok or frying pan


For the Chicken

  • 4 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless or 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil

For the Stir Fry

  • 1 white onion cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1-2 peppers of any colour, finely sliced
  • 1 chilli, sliced add more if you like it spicy!
  • 1 bunch spring onions finely sliced and split into white and green parts
  • ½ tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch chilli flakes optional


  • Mix the cornflour with the salt, pepper and Five Spice.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks and coat in the flour mix - the way I find easiest is to put everything in a sealed reusable food bag or tupperware box and shake gently until the chicken pieces are all evenly coated.
  • Coat the bottom of a frying pan with a thin layer of groundnut or vegetable oil and put over a high heat.
  • Fry the chicken pieces until cooked through - about 2-3 minutes each side. You may need to do this in batches, making sure you don't overcrowd the pan.
  • Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • In a wok or clean frying pan, heat a tsp of groundnut oil over a medium heat and add the chopped onion.
  • Fry the onion for a few minutes until it starts to soften, then add the pepper, chilli and the white parts of the spring onions.
  • Sprinkle over the salt, pepper, Five Spice (and chilli flakes if using) and stir fry everything together for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are just beginning to soften.
  • Add the chicken to the vegetables and toss together.
  • Sprinkle with the green parts of the spring onions and serve - ideally with your favourite rice.


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1844mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg