We ALWAYS order this from the takeaway | Here's my Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe!

Crispy seasoned chicken, fried up with crunchy onions and spicy chillies – this salt and pepper chicken recipe is a real flavour explosion. I love to serve this Chinese takeaway classic alongside fried rice and a nice cold beer.

You can modify the amount of heat in this recipe by using milder or hotter chillies (or even replacing the chillies with chopped bell peppers if you like it mild).

Free Printable recipe here: https://www.kitchensanctuary.com/salt-and-pepper-chicken/

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Ingredients for the Salt & Pepper Chicken:
▢60 g (½ cup) cornflour – (cornstarch)
▢1 tbsp table salt
▢1 ¼ tbsp ground black pepper
▢1 tbsp Chinese five-spice
▢6 skinless chicken thigh fillets – quartered
▢Vegetable oil for frying – (around 240ml/1 cup)
▢1 onion – peeled and chopped into large chunks (about 1.5-2cm across)
▢1 red chilli – chopped into small pieces (I use relatively mild fresno or serrano chillies)
▢1 green chilli – chopped into small pieces (I use relatively mild fresno or serrano chillies)
▢2 garlic cloves – peeled and minced
▢3 spring onions – (scallions) roughly chopped

1. Mix together the 60g (½ cup) of cornflour, ¾ tbsp of the salt, 1 tbsp of the black pepper, and the 1 tbsp of Chinese five-spice.

2. Sprinkle over the chicken thigh fillets and toss together to coat.

3. Take the 240ml (1 cup) of oil, and put one tablespoon of it to one side.

4. Add the rest of the oil to a large frying pan and heat over a high heat until hot (you can test by sticking the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick in the oil – if bubbles form around it, it’s hot enough).

5. Add the chicken to the oil a piece at a time (to ensure the oil doesn’t boil over). You’ll probably have to work in two batches altogether.

6. Fry for about 5-7 minutes, turning once until cooked through and golden brown all over.
Turn off the heat and, using a set of tongs, transfer the chicken to a plate lined with kitchen paper.

7. Repeat with the second batch of chicken.

8. As soon as the second batch of chicken is cooking, heat the reserved 1 tablespoon of oil in a separate frying pan over a medium-high heat.

9. Add the chopped onion, the chopped red and green chillies, the remaining ¼ tbsp of salt and the remaining ¼ tbsp of black pepper to the pan.

10. Fry for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion starts to soften slightly, then turn down the heat to medium and add in the 2 cloves of minced garlic and 3 chopped spring onions.
Fry for a further minute, stirring often.

11. By now both batches of chicken should be cooked. Add the chicken to the frying pan with onion and chillies in and toss everything together for 1 minute.

12. Turn off the heat and serve.

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  1. Tetei Cooks

    1st viewer, 1st comment. It comes exactly at 10:00 pm here (just before I go to bed) hehe

  2. Joanna Wood

    That looks amazing and so tasty. I made your chicken broth today loved it ❤️xx

  3. Vercingetorix Wulf

    If I can get that spice mix you mentioned this would be worth a try. Many thanks ….

  4. s10m0t10n

    This is now on the list to try. Just finished the sweet and sour crispy chicken (you used left over turkey) for lunch. Delicious and so easy.

  5. Backyard Grill Master

    Wow!!! :-o) keep those great videos coming

  6. Logan's Inner Chef

    Great recipe, wish I could make this right now!

  7. Paul Emerson

    I think this is my favourite food channel for recipes.

  8. Phill Sumner

    Such a great channel !! Super quick videos on tasty foods we actually can and want to cook unlike most tv chefs that cook dishes we actually probably will never try !! Thank you !!

  9. Rachel H

    Omg THANK YOU! I'm a UK expat in the US and for some reason the Chinese takeaways here rarely offer salt and pepper chicken. Can't wait to make this!

  10. Happy Times

    You have gone and done it again love it

  11. BuckandBangtail

    Ok but I love you for this!!! I moved from the UK to Canada and they have never heard of salt and pepper chicken! I’ve never managed to recreate what I had at home so I’ll definitely be giving this one a bash!!

  12. Vlad the Impala

    Looks delicious …. I could eat that whole plateful ! The aroma from chinese 5 spice always fills the kitchen.

  13. jjh lk

    I like this lady's recipes

  14. stuart worgan

    Much better results when you leave it in a wet mixture for half hour just add egg whites to your dry mixture, then do the dry mixture that extra love gies a long way. Sorry thumb down on this one

  15. 1tinac

    I am trying this today. Thanks for making great, usable and to the point cooking videos. Great love them.

  16. Sandra Hamilton

    Great recipe and my favourite too . Will have a go soon thank you xx

  17. antwan

    no msg? it won't taste as nice as takeaway

  18. 86andyw

    You are missing msg. It’s there. It’s always used even when takeaways say it’s not. It will make all the difference.

  19. Hannah Murphy

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try this! Might even try add a small dipping sauce to make it slightly sticky! I love your Mongolian beef recipe, me and my other half eat it about once a week! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes!

  20. Gerald Mohabir

    OK Nicky, this is getting ridiculous! I've done your recipes every day for the last 5 days in lockdown and the family think I'm a 3 star Michelin chef. Keep my secret going…please.

  21. Juliecious Drinks Food Travel Fun

    Wow that looks so delicious thank you for sharing your recipe.

  22. Paul Rogers

    You have the best, most detailed recipes on youtube. I have, in the past, when trying to make other peoples recipes had to keep rewinding the videos just to write down the ingredients and also to remember the directions. You have all that covered in the description and even more details for the recipe on your website. I love your recipes and you make it easy enough that I can even cook and it turn out good.

  23. Anisa Ayoob

    How much chicken would this be in grams?

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