Salt and Pepper Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 40MINS
  • 308KCAL

This Salt and Pepper Chicken is a great slimming-friendly addition to a Chinese Fakeaway, especially if you're counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories308
  • Carbs11g
  • Protein34g
  • Fat15g
  • Saturates4g
  • Sugars5g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb! 

Salt and Pepper Chicken was one of our favourite meals from the Chinese Takeaway. Crispy chicken (usually wings) seasoned with a spicy coating. So we decided to make our own version!

We’ve got a heap of amazing Chinese Fakeaways, including some other Salt and Pepper recipes!

What diets is this Salt and Pepper Chicken suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

This Salt and Pepper Chicken has 8 Points per portion, which is amazing for such a flavour packed Fakeaway!

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Do you need any special ingredients to make Salt and Pepper Chicken?

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All of the ingredients can be purchased from your local supermarket apart from the MSG.

You’ll notice that the Salt and Pepper Spice Mix recipe calls for MSG or Monosodium glutamate.

The quantities for the spice mix will make more than enough for the Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe, so you can just keep any extra spice mix in an airtight container or sealed food bag until you’re ready to use it again!

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Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavour enhancer commonly added to most Chinese food from the takeaway. There have been many debates about the use of MSG, so if you prefer not use it you can just leave it out. However, if you do want to use it you can buy it here on Amazon.

How many Calories are in this Salt and Pepper Chicken?

There are 308 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Salt and Pepper Chicken. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To make the salt and pepper spice mix

Step 1

Toast the salt flakes in a hot pan until they start to brown – it’s very important to do this to get the true salt and pepper flavour.

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Step 2

Mix the toasted salt and all the other spice mix ingredients together.

To make the salt and pepper chicken

Step 1

Sprinkle the chicken thighs with a couple of teaspoons of the spice mix.

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Step 2

Place them on a baking tray and cook as per pack instructions (usually around 30 minutes at 190°C).

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Step 3

When the chicken is cooked, heat up a wok sprayed with some low calorie cooking spray.

Step 4

Add the spring onions, onions, chilli and peppers to the wok and cook until they start to brown slightly.

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Step 5

Add the chicken thighs to the wok along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of spice mix. Don’t add it all at once, add it a bit at a time, taste and stop when it’s spicy enough.

Step 6

Cook through for another 3 or 4 minutes, then serve sprinkled with some finely chopped spring onions.

What should you should serve with Salt and Pepper Chicken?

Any of the following go really well with this dish. You could even serve it as part of a Chinese Fakeaway feast!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

Can you cook Salt and Pepper Chicken another way?

This recipe is best cooked using the method below.

How do you know when Salt and Pepper Chicken is cooked?

You should cook this recipe until the chicken is completely cooked through and the juices run clear.

This should take approx 35-40 minutes using the oven and hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Salt and Pepper Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Salt and Pepper Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Salt and Pepper Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Salt and Pepper Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Salt and Pepper Chicken

This Salt and Pepper Chicken is a great slimming-friendly addition to a Chinese Fakeaway, especially if you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 308
  • Carbs 11G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

For the salt and pepper chicken

  • 8 chicken thighs or drumsticks - all skin removed
  • 2-3 tbsp salt and pepper spice mix see below for recipe
  • ½ red pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 3 spring onions finely chopped
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • ½ chilli deseeded and finely chopped (you can use more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the spice mix

  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sweetener or other sweetener
  • 1 tbsp MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Optional - see notes below
  • ½ tbsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1 good pinch Chilli Flakes depending on how hot you like it
  • 1 tsp Ground White Pepper

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Instructions

To make the salt and pepper spice mix
  1. Toast the salt flakes in a hot pan until they start to brown - it's very important to do this to get the true salt and pepper flavour.
  2. Mix the toasted salt and all the other spice mix ingredients together.
To make the salt and pepper chicken
  1. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with a couple of teaspoons of the spice mix.
  2. Place them on a baking tray and cook as per pack instructions (usually around 30 minutes at 190°C).
  3. When the chicken is cooked, heat up a wok sprayed with some low calorie cooking spray.
  4. Add the spring onions, onions, chilli and peppers to the wok and cook until they start to brown slightly.
  5. Add the chicken thighs to the wok along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of spice mix. Don't add it all at once, add it a bit at a time, taste and stop when it's spicy enough.
  6. Cook through for another 3 or 4 minutes, then serve sprinkled with some finely chopped spring onions.

Recipe notes

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavour enhancer commonly added to most Chinese food from the takeaway. There have been many debates about the use of MSG, so if you prefer not use it you can just leave it out.

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ElleSaturday 16th February 2019

Can I use turkey steaks in this menu

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MichaelSunday 27th January 2019

What salt flakes brown as the ones i have dont

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    NikkiThursday 7th March 2019

    Can you give a bit of guidance to how long to toast the salt for please? I’ve noticed a few comments have said it takes a while but I’ve been going for 30 minutes and no idea if I’m ruining the salt as it still isn’t brown?

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BarbaraFriday 25th January 2019

Made this tonight, absolutely fabulous. Would have posted a phot but unfortunately all a eaten.

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JoanneFriday 12th October 2018

Hi going to have a go at this today. Do you spray the pan before adding the salt flakes to toast or not.
Many thanks.

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