There are so many different ways to prepare salt and pepper chicken. You can use sesame oil, cilantro, garlic, milk, etc. I mean seriously it is hard to define what “salt and pepper chicken” really is because there seems to be many ways to prepare it. This particular version involves marinading your chicken in a spice mixture, then coating in flour, or in my case ground oats, and frying. I think the one thing every recipe had in common was frying in oil! So fair warning, this may not be the “Salt and Pepper Chicken” you are thinking of or order at your local Taiwanese restaurant. But it is delicious!
This chicken is very easy to prepare, and offers a deep, sophisticated flavor palette. It is reminiscent of the salt and pepper chicken you might find in street markets in Taipei. But can be prepared in your kitchen with ingredients you can find at almost any grocery store. How is that for awesome? If you want it to be a little more authentic head to an Asian market to pick up a 5-spice powder, which will differ slightly from McCormicks, which is what I used.
Salt and Pepper Chicken and Dutis Salt and Pepper Grinder Mill Review
- 2 chicken breasts 8-10 ounces each
- 2 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbs 5-spice powder
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- Oil for frying
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour make this by grinding oats in your blender
- Cut the chicken breast into bite sized pieces
- Combine egg yolks, 5-spice powder, ground black pepper, sugar, and salt in a bowl
- Put chicken in, and stir to coat chicken
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to let chicken absorb flavors
- Remove chicken from marinade and toss in oat flour or any flour you have. I love the oats because it makes it crunchier, and offers a different texture and flavor, but potato flour works too, or traditional flour if you don't need to be gluten free.
- Heat oil in fryer or deep fry pan, you want it hot but not smoking, try a medium heat
- Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through
- Remove from oil and place on paper towel to catch excess oil
- Deep fry basil leaves by putting them in the oil for about a minute per side, just be careful as they will cause the oil to pop.
- Toss together and serve immediately over rice
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
If you are going to make salt and pepper chicken you need salt and pepper. Right? May I recommend the Dutis Salt and Pepper Grinder Mill? It is a manual mill that holds your salt and pepper in one sleek and stylish container!
I received a complimentary Dutis Salt and Pepper Grinder Mill to review for you, and this is what I thought:
What I Like
- Convenient: I love that it has the salt and pepper together, yet separate, in one grinder. You twist one way for salt and another way for pepper. Perfect!
- Durable and stylish mill: This is a good looking mill. I do not mind having it sit on my kitchen counter next to my stove because it looks great. Plus it is durable!
- Guarantee: It is guaranteed to last a lifetime or your money back. Can’t complain about that!
- Does not make a mess: You won’t see salt and pepper all over the counter. It does a great job and look really nice.
- Does not squeak: No annoying sounds is very important. The ceramic mill is quality. It works great.
- Lifetime warranty: The company stands behind their product and backs it up by giving a lifetime warranty and 100% money back guarantee.
What I Didn’t Like
No directions: It did not come with any instructions for how to open it or fill it with the salt and pepper. It was fairly easy to figure out, but it would have been nice to include those. I spent a few minutes twisting this way and that before I figured it out. So I am going to show you how:
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