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bite size fried chicken pieces on a serving dish with fried onion and peppers

Salt and Pepper Chicken

Rachel Riesgraf
Restaurant quality Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken that's easy to make at home and bursting with flavor!! Crispy pieces of chicken fried with onion and spicy peppers, and seasoned with Chinese 5 Spice, salt and black pepper.
5 stars
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rest time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces (or chicken breasts)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green chili pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Garnish: green onions, thinly sliced


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce


  • Mix together the marinade ingredients then add the chicken. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cornstarch, Chinese 5 spice, salt and pepper. Toss the marinated chicken with the cornstarch mixture.
  • Add about 1 inch of vegetable oil to a skillet, and heat over medium-high heat until hot. To check if the oil is ready, you can stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil, and if bubbles form around it then it's ready.
  • Working in batches, add the chicken to the hot oil one piece at a time so they don't stick together. Fry the chicken for about 6-8 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Transfer the cooked chicken to a paper towel lined plate to absorb the extra grease. Once you've finished cooking all the chicken, discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the diced onion and peppers. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the onion and peppers soften.
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and top with the onion and peppers then garnish with green onion.
  • Salt and Pepper Chicken is great served with white rice or as an appetizer!
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