How to make Taiwan-style salt and pepper chicken
This night market fave is even more delicious when enjoyed in the comforts of your own home.
Taiwan boasts a thriving food culture. Their night markets alone are teeming with diverse, flavourful curbside eats for the wandering foodie.
From their pepper buns, scallion pancakes and rice sausages to their rice-stuffed chicken wings, glass dumplings, and stinky tofu, it’s not hard to see why many consider Taiwan to be the Food Capital of Asia.
During my first time in Taipei, enjoying street food was on of the top of my to-do lists. And they surely did not disappoint!
One of the dishes I was most excited to try was Taiwanese fried chicken, or salt and pepper chicken. This deep-fried, seasoned-to-perfection dish of chicken cubes, similar to the more popular popcorn chicken, is best enjoyed with a cold drink. In my opinion, it goes perfectly with boba milk tea, as does most fried food, really.
Have I sent you craving? Here’s how to make Taiwanese salt and pepper chicken right in your very own kitchen.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch or 1 ½ inch cubes
- 1 tbsp rice wine
- 1/2 cup of canola oil
- 1 stalk spring onions
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 10 grams ginger, grated
- 4 tbsp of light soy sauce
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 egg, beaten
- a handful of basil leaves
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, marinate chicken in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, egg, and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, sift the cornstarch. Then, add flour, pepper, salt and coat the chicken cubes evenly.
- Drop the chicken gently into a pan with about two inches of oil.
- Deep fry until golden brown.
- Then, remove the chicken from the pan and strain. Set aside.
- Fry the basil leaves to a crisp over high heat for a minute or so, and sprinkle it on top of your chicken.
Serve and enjoy!
- To further enjoy this dish, you can dip the chicken in chilli garlic sauce or even melted cheese.
- You can also sprinkle five-spice or seaweed powder for added flavour!