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salt and pepper chicken nuggets

Salt and Pepper Chicken Nuggets

Lets make the most delicious salt and pepper chicken nuggets with one secret ingredient that nobody could've figured out.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb chicken thigh boneless, skin on, cut into bite site

Seasoning mixture

  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 small white onion small dice
  • 3 jalapeno or other mild/sweet pepper sliced

Marinade mixture

  • 1 c milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

For frying

  • vegetable oil as needed
  • tapioca starch as needed
  • all purpose flour as needed

Dipping sauce

  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice freshly squeeze
  • ¼ tsp olive oil


  • In a mixing bowl, put chicken (already cut into bite site cubes) and marinade mixture in. Let chicken marinade for at least 30 minutes, in the fridge (because milk is used here, if left at room temperature, milk might go bad).

Frying process

  • In a large mixing bowl, put together tapioca starch and all purpose flour follow this ratio: 3:1. Add a dash of salt into this flour mixture. Mix well so everything is incorporated.
  • In a deep shallow frying pan, add vegetable oil (more than half way) and heat on high heat. Make sure the oil reaches 350F before adding dredged chicken nuggets.
  • Work in small batch: gradually dredge marinated chicken with flour mixture, before put in hot oil to fry, give it a little shake to get rid of excess of flour. Fry the nuggets for 5-10 minutes (depend on how big your batch is). Or until the chicken turn golden brown color.
  • Continue to work with the rest of chicken nuggets. Add more oil, flour mixture as you go, if needed. If you need to add more oil, remember to wait for it to reach 350F before keep frying. Set fried chicken nuggets aside.

Sauteed process

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all seasoning mixture together. In another cooking pan, add 2 tbsp vegetable oil followed by seasoning mixture. Cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes or until white onion just turned golden brown.
  • Add fried chicken nugget to the hot pan, give them a few shake to coat the chicken thoroughly with seasoning mixture (around 30 seconds to 1 minute max).


  • Combine all ingredients in dipping sauce and give a few stir.
  • Serve chicken nuggets immediately with dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!