Salt and Pepper Chicken
is a popular Chinese takeout dish, crispy chicken chunks are tossed in red chilies, garlic, and crushed pepper. This super easy homemade recipe comes together quickly with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Keyword Chinese salt and pepper chicken, Salt and prpper chicken
INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 240 ML )
½lb(225 g) boneless, skinless chicken cut into 1-inch pieces
⅓teaspoonblack peppercornsfreshly crushed
⅓cupcornstarch/ cornflour for dredging
oil for deep frying
2shallots or ½ medium-sized onionfinely chopped
2garlic clovespeeled and minced
1red chilithinly sliced
2spring onion green stalksscallions, thinly sliced
¼teaspoonblack peppercornsfreshly crushed
Wash and pat dry the chicken with paper towels and put in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce, and oil. Mix everything together and marinate for 20 minutes.
Toss the chicken in the cornstarch until evenly coated for an extra crunchy exterior and set aside.
Heat enough oil in a wok or large pan until hot. To check the right temperature you can drop a tiny pinch of cornstarch into the hot oil, if it starts sizzling upon hitting the oil, it's the frying time.
Shake off the extra cornstarch and gently add one by one chicken pieces into the hot oil. You may need to fry the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding.
Fry over medium flame for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through, golden and crisp. Once done, transfer the fried chicken onto a paper towel lined plate to drain the extra oil.
Heat oil in a pan over high heat until just smokin; add chopped onion, garlic, and red chilies and saute continuously for about 1 minute until fragrant.
Then add chicken, chopped spring onions, and salt and pepper seasoning. Toss well quickly, transfer to a plate and serve immediately.