Delicious Black Pepper Chicken Recipe

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Black pepper chicken is a flavorful dish that combines the heat of black pepper with the savory goodness of chicken. Hereโ€™s a detailed recipe to help you recreate this delectable dish at home.


  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine) or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely ground (adjust to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 2-3 stalks spring onions (scallions), chopped
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to garnish
  • Steamed rice or noodles, to serve


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces with soy sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch, sugar, and half of the ground black pepper. Mix well and let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.
  1. Prepare the Sauce:
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Set aside.
  1. Cooking the Dish:
  • Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces in a single layer. Let them sear without stirring for 1-2 minutes until browned, then stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes until nearly cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  1. Stir-fry Vegetables:
  • In the same skillet, add a bit more oil if needed. Add minced garlic, ginger, and sliced onion. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until fragrant and onions are translucent.
  1. Combine and Finish:
  • Add diced bell pepper and continue stir-frying for another 1-2 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet. Pour in the prepared sauce mixture. Stir well to coat everything evenly. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens and the chicken is fully cooked.
  1. Final Touch:
  • Add chopped spring onions and the remaining coarsely ground black pepper. Toss everything together for a final minute.
  1. Serve:
  • Transfer the black pepper chicken to a serving dish. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or noodles.

Enjoy this aromatic and flavorful black pepper chicken with your family and friends! Adjust the amount of black pepper according to your preference for spiciness. This dish pairs perfectly with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad.

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