Recipe Black Pepper Chicken

Black pepper chicken is a classic Asian dish known for its bold flavors and aromatic spices. This recipe combines tender chicken pieces with the heat of black pepper and other complementary ingredients to create a dish that's both satisfying and full of depth. Here's how you can make it at home:


  • 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Spring onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked rice (for serving)


  1. Marinate the chicken pieces in a bowl with soy sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and half of the black pepper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
  3. Add the marinated chicken to the pan and stir-fry until it's cooked and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Push the chicken to one side of the pan and add sliced onions and bell peppers. Stir-fry until they are slightly softened.
  5. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with water to create a slurry. Pour the slurry into the pan and stir well to thicken the sauce.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining black pepper over the dish and stir to combine.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot with steamed rice.


  • You can add sliced red chili peppers or chili flakes for extra heat.
  • Adjust the amount of black pepper according to your preference for spiciness.
  • Ensure that you do not overcook the vegetables to maintain their crunchiness and vibrant colors.
  • Use low-sodium soy sauce if you're watching your sodium intake.


  • Substitute chicken with beef, shrimp, or tofu for a different twist.
  • Add vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or snap peas for more color and nutrients.
  • Add a splash of coconut milk or heavy cream to the sauce for a creamier version.
  • Experiment with different types of peppercorns for unique flavors, such as Sichuan peppercorns for a numbing sensation.

Nutritional Information:

(Per serving, excluding rice)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 800mg


Black pepper chicken is a versatile dish that's easy to prepare and flavorful. Whether you're cooking for a quick weeknight dinner or entertaining guests, this recipe will surely impress. With simple ingredients and customizable variations, you can enjoy this classic Asian dish anytime, anywhere. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your wok, and get ready to savor the spicy goodness of homemade black pepper chicken!


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