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Salt and Pepper Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Sweet, spice, and flavored with fragrant Chinese five spice, this classic Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe is an easy takeout-style meal you can make at home!
Course: Appetizer / Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 279


  • 1.5 to 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon chinese five spice powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal, white and green parts separated
  • 3 cups chopped bok choy
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish, optional
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish, optional


  • Cut the chicken into strips or bite-size pieces.
  • Place chicken in a ziploc bag and set aside.
  • In a pestle and mortar, crush the salt with the peppercorns. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, you can combine fresh ground black pepper with fresh ground salt.
  • To the salt and pepper add the cornflour and Chinese five spice; mix to combine.
  • Add the salt and pepper mixture to the chicken in the bag; seal the bag and shake well to coat.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok or a large pan set over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is shimmering, add in the chicken.
  • Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until all sides are golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Stir frequently.
  • Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Return pan to the burner and add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
  • Stir in the sliced peppers and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the white parts of the green onions and the chopped bok choy; continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a small bowl combine soy sauce and honey and whisk until incorporated.
  • Return chicken to the skillet.
  • Stir in the honey and soy sauce mixture; continue to cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until everything is well coated and cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Salt and Pepper Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1025mg43%
Potassium 567mg16%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1105IU22%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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