Salt and Pepper Chicken Recipe (盐酥鸡)

Salt and pepper chicken is a favorite Taiwanese street food. Easy salt and pepper chicken recipe that you can try at home. A great afternoon snack.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Taiwanese
Keyword Salt and Pepper Chicken
Servings 4 people
Calories 251 kcal


  • 1 chicken breast, about 8-10 oz, cut into bite-size cubes/pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons 5-spice powder(炸盐酥鸡粉), this is NOT the regular 5-spice powder which is dark in color
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice wine or sake
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 bunch Thai basil leaves
  • 1 cup potato starch or corn flour
  • Oil for deep-frying


  1. Marinate the chicken with the seasonings including the egg yolk for 2 hours in the fridge. When ready to deep-fry, put 1 cup of potato starch or corn flour on a flat plate. Add the chicken to the flour and coat evenly. Heat up a wok or deep-fryer with oil and deep fry the chicken pieces until they turn golden brown. Transfer the fried chicken out on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
  2. Deep fry the basil leaves until crispy and garnish on top of the fried chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The 5-spice powder used in this recipe is made with spices, salt, and pepper. It's called 炸盐酥鸡粉 in Chinese. Even though it's labeled as "Five Spice Powder" in English, it's not the regular 5-spice powder which is dark in color.

Nutrition Facts
Salt and Pepper Chicken Recipe (盐酥鸡)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 593mg26%
Potassium 704mg20%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.