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Black Pepper Chicken

You're in for a treat with this quick and easy restaurant style Chinese inspired Black Pepper Chicken that's totally delicious and made at home in just 30 minutes. It's incredibly saucy, sticky, crispy and sweet, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: black pepper chicken, chinese black pepper chicken, pepper chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 334kcal


Black Pepper Sauce


  • Prep the chicken: In a medium size bowl, combine the chicken pieces with the 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and minced garlic. Toss well. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the chicken and toss well.
  • Make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine all the black pepper sauce ingredients together.
  • Cook the chicken: Add the vegetable oil to a wok or large skillet and heat over high heat. Add half the chicken to the wok and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Sauté onion and peppers: If there's no vegetable oil left in the skillet, add another tablespoon or so. Add the onion and peppers to the wok and cook for a minute. Add the chicken back to the wok and the prepared black pepper sauce. Toss until well combined. Drizzle the sesame oil over the chicken and stir.
  • Serve: Serve immediately over rice.



  1. Have all your ingredients ready to go before you start cooking as the cooking process goes quickly.
  2.  If you don't have access to Sichuan peppercorn powder, the alternative is to use freshly ground black pepper and ground coriander seeds.
  3. This will last 3–4 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container! You can reheat it either in the microwave, or covered in a pan over medium heat.
  4. If you want to keep leftovers longer, pop them into an airtight container and place in the freezer. Your leftover stir fry will keep for 3–4 months in the freezer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg