Salt 'n Pepper Chicken


A classic dish, which is often found in Chinese restaurants and takeaways. This fried chicken is crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
37 mins
6 servings


  • 1 egg

  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped

  • 5 slices fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

  • 1 cup sweet potato starch

  • 3 tablespoons sweet potato starch

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 cups lettuce leaves

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper


  1. Whisk egg, spring onions, ginger, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper together in a bowl. Mix in chicken. Let marinate for 20 minutes.

  2. Pour 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweet potato starch into a shallow bowl.

  3. Heat oil to 340 degrees F (170 degrees C) in a large saucepan. Dredge chicken pieces in sweet potato starch; drop gently into the hot oil in batches. Cook until golden on the outside and no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.

  4. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large serving plate. Place fried chicken on the lettuce leaves. Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon white pepper together in a small bowl; sprinkle over chicken.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
19g Fat
30g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1481mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 273mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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