Fakeaway Salt and Pepper Chicken – 4sp

One thing that the hubbie and I never get since I joined Weight Watchers is a Chinese takeaway. They are so loaded with points/calories and its just so easy to make healthy but tasty alternatives, there just doesn’t seem any reason too!

I’ve written a few Chinese Fakeaway recipes over the past few years but this one has been requested many a time and I’ve never got round to reworking it. Well good news…. now I finally have!!

I’ve tested this recipe a few times now and tried a few different cooking methods but this one is my favourite. If you prefer the chicken a little more crispy you can toss the raw chicken in 1 tbsp of corn flour and half the spice mix before the first fry (this will make the dish 5sp per person). You can also cook the chicken coated in half the spice mix and corn flour in the oven for 20-25 mins on 180c (spray with 1kal) and then add to the cooked veggies and continue from there. I like the method I’ve gone with below as it keeps the chicken nice and juicy!!

The use of spinach and lime aren’t a traditional addition but I think the spinach bulks the dish out nicely (if you aren’t going to serve with rice) and the lime adds a lovely freshness at the end.

I served this as it was without any rice but I served the hubbies with a 60g portion of egg fried rice (6sp) for a grand total of 10sp.

Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken 

Serves 2 = 4sp per serving (Flex)


For the spice mix

2 tsp salt flakes

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp white pepper

1 tsp Chinese 5 spice

1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Pinch of chilli flakes

1/2 tsp garlic powder

For the stir fry

2 large raw chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips

1 onion, peeled and finely sliced

2 peppers, deseeded and finely sliced

3 spring onions, sliced

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

1/2 tbsp honey

Handful of beansprouts and washed spinach


Begin by toasting the salt flakes in a dry frying pan until they start to brown (this will only take a few minutes). Then, in a small bowl mix the toasted salt, ground black pepper, white pepper, 5 spice, sugar, garlic powder and chilli flakes together.

Next take a large wok or frying pan, spray with 1kal and add the chicken with half of the spice mix. Fry for 8-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through (add a little water if the pan gets a little dry). Once the chicken is cooked through and golden, remove from the pan and pop on a plate to one side.

Spray the pan with 1kal again and fry the onion, peppers, spring onions (reserve a few spring onions to dress at the end) and half of the remaining spice mix until the onions start to soften about 5-6 minutes). Once the onions have started to soften add the chicken back to the pan with 1 tsp of sesame oil. Taste and then add more of the spice mix to the pan as required/to taste. Stir fry for a few seconds and then add the soy and honey to the pan. Toss everything together then add the spinach and beansprouts. Stir fry for a few more minutes until the spinach has wilted.

Serve topped with a sprinkle of spring onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


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31 thoughts on “Fakeaway Salt and Pepper Chicken – 4sp

  1. Karen says:

    Wow didn’t think Chinese could be so hot. This is as hot as a madras curry. Loved the recipe but will need to turn down the heat somehow. Going to get something very cold now.

  2. Isabella Evans says:

    I made this last Saturday, omitting the sugar and the honey and it was still delicious. I am making it tonight – with the same omissions – but this time with beef fillet that I have flattened between cling film. I expect this Chinese dish, with chicken or fillet, will be my go-to recipe – it is so delicious.

  3. Isabella says:

    I made this again on Friday but with sugar snap peas instead of spinach and [flattened] chicken breast strips instead of beef fillet. My husband and I absolutely loved it! This will be a definite favourite!

  4. Brittany says:

    This is one of my absolute favourites! I’ve never ordered salt and pepper chicken before, and now there’s no need to. I always bulk it out with extra vegetables – it’s a great way to use anything that’s nearing the end of its life!

  5. Yvonne Sutton says:

    Really tasty recipe, it was a bit spicy for me but the less nesh members of my family said it needs to be one of our regular meals.

  6. Elaine Palmer says:

    This was amazing. Even my husband ate every bit and he’s a fussy devil. Gonna adapt slightly next time with loads more bean sprouts and less peppers but only because the portions were so huge and I love bean sprouts. Love your recipes Laura

  7. Esmerelda says:

    Absolutely delicious, although I should have read the comments first as I added a little extra chilli – will stick to the recipe next time (& there will definitely be a next time!)

  8. Alison says:

    Delicious……just sat down to this for the second night in a row. Hubby also loves it!

    No need to order takeaway when you can make this so easily.

  9. Helen cliff says:

    Hi Laura
    Thanks for another fab recipe ! I made this last night for me and hubby ,we really enjoyed it . It was very spicy which we enjoy .
    I made 3 of your recipes last weekend and now this one . My hubby doesn’t normally eat ‘WW’ food but it’s been a great success as he’s eaten all 3 of them !
    Bring on the next one

  10. Sarah says:

    Tried this tonight and it was stunning added a wee bit more chilli flakes though. O/H thought it was restaurant standard

  11. Fiona says:

    Absolutely love this, even hubby was impressed. It’s even better than a takeaway. Definitely going to be making this again.

  12. Fiona says:

    Who would of thought you could have a proper Chinese for so few points. Absolutely love this, as does hubby. Definitely will be making this again.

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