Over Easter, whilst I was visiting friends up north we had a naughty Chinese takeaway and I tried salt and pepper chicken for the first time. It was delicious but they don’t seem to sell it down south so I decided to look up the recipe and have a go at making it. I always a bit wary of doing this as it usually doesn’t taste as nice. I was pleasantly surprised when it actually was really simple to make, tasted better and was a lot healthier being homemade! I thought I would share it with you all as it is so tasty!
· vegetable or sunflower oil
· 1 to 2 onions, sliced
· 1 green pepper, sliced
· 4 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
· 3 to 4 green and / or red chillies, sliced
· 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
· coarse sea salt
· freshly ground black pepper to taste
· breaded boneless chicken
What to do....
Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 25 mins
1. Usually the breaded chicken takes about 20 minutes to cook in the oven, so put your chicken in first as it takes about this much time to cook the rest of the ingredients.
2. Put 4 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan or wok and place on a moderate heat. Add the onions and green pepper, and stir fry for a few minutes. Add the garlic and chillies when the onion and pepper have gone soft.
3. Stir until the onions have turned slightly golden, then add the sugar (start with 1/2 teaspoon; you can add more later if needed) 2 pinches of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Continue stirring until chicken is ready and turn down heat if needed; the ingredients in the pan should be a soft golden colour.
4. When the chicken is ready, cut it up into thick slices, place in the pan and stir it all together. The aim here is to get the chicken smothered in the all the other ingredients. Add more oil if you need to. If you don't think its sweet enough, add more sugar and garlic.
5. Once the chicken has been covered with the mixture, serve up.
I served my dish with Noodles but it can also go well with rice or whatever takes your fancy!