Salt and chilli chicken is one of my favourite dishes. I love the crispy fried chicken a long with the crunch vegetables and the spicy kick the chilli salt gives to the dish. This salt and chilli chicken recipe was given to me by a good friend who runs a successful Chinese takeaway here in Dublin, Ireland. It is by far one of the most popular dishes in his shop and I can see why. Every time I visit, they are making batches and batches of this stuff! It flies out.
- Chicken breast cut into strips – you can use chicken wings or prawns either, whatever you prefer
- Chilli salt – you can get this in any asian supermarket, you can often get them in single sachets like the ones in the pictures below
- Carrot batons (optional) – I used two carrots
- 1 x Green or red pepper cut into strips
- 1 x Onion cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons of Chinese 5 spice
- Diced Garlic
- Corn Flour
- Marinade the chicken with salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice and set aside in the fridge (overnight is best for extra flavour)
- Heat up a wok with oil (or use a deep fat fry like I did)
- With the chicken, cover each strip in corn flour and fry in batches until their golden brown.
- Depending on the size of the chicken strips, it should take between 6-8 minutes per batch.
- Make sure the chicken is cooked by taking a piece and cutting it in half. If there is any pink in the middle, it needs a bit longer!
- Take out and drain the oil
- Put the carrots, pepper and onions into the deep fat fryer for 1 minute. (The vegetables should not be overcooked, slightly al-dente is perfect)
- Meanwhile, heat up a wok with some oil and add the chillies and garlic
- Add the chicken, carrots, pepper and onions
- Stir fry for 2 minutes, mixing all the ingredients together
- Add the chilli salt (be careful here and don’t add too much!)
- Stir fry for a further 3 minutes and serve with rice
Note that this is a dry dish, so there isn’t much sauce, if you’d like a bit of sauce, I would recommend some curry sauce on the side to accompany this dish along with a nice helping of chips, boiled rice or fried rice.
This is a very popular dish on my blog and heres a version with prawns which I hope you will try!