• Serves 2 people
  • 2 chicken thighs - sliced

  • 1 red capsicum

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 2 cloves garlic - pounded

  • 10 g ginger - peeled & sliced

  • 10 g white peppercorns

  • 20 g black peppercorns

  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • 20 g butter

  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil  

Recipe Courtesy of Asian Food Network

Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken

If you love the taste of pepper, the Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry has to be a part of your cooking repertoire! It is a spicy cauldron of ground white and black peppercorns, red pepper and green chili fried with bite-sized chicken and onions. If you would like to make this dish cheerier, feel free to throw in some yellow and green peppers! Enjoy this painless 30-minute recipe hot with a bowl of steamed rice.
  • Easy
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 10 min
  • 2 steps
  • 18 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 2 steps
  • 18 Ingredients
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 10 min

Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken

For A Quick Weekday Dinner, Make A Stir Fry!

Looking for a quick dinner recipe for your weekday nights? The popular stir fry is a quick, easy, budget-friendly and delicious way to whip up a meal.

Originating from China, the stir fry method involves continually stirring your ingredients with a small amount of hot oil over time. Today, stir frying is mainly associated with Asian cooking and dishes. There are many different cooking styles found in Asian cuisine.

The stir fry method is a favourite for many reasons. It is an ingenious way to incorporate all the protein, vegetables and nutrients you need in one meal for just about any occasion. A stir fry can be anything you want it to be - it is one the most basic formulas to bringing together your favourite proteins and vegetables into one delicious meal.

Not only is a stir fry one of the easiest dinners to make, it is also extremely versatile. Once you have your choice of protein and vegetables ready, you can experiment with the sauce that accompanies it. The possibilities are endless with this technique.

If you love the taste of pepper, the Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry has to be a part of your repertoire! It is a spicy cauldron of ground white and black peppercorns, red pepper and green chili fried with bite-sized chicken and onions.

Beyond versatility, the Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry is a go-to meal for family weekday dinners for several reasons. The cooking time is short, the ingredients are easily sourced, and it is one of the best dinners to make out of leftovers!

Knowing how to make an excellent stir-fry will save you the time and energy that goes into making a healthy, wholesome and delicious dinner after work! For an easy weeknight stir fry, try our rendition of the spicy and flavourful Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry!


Frequently-Asked Questions About Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken

If this is your first time making Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken, fret not! We have the answers.


Can I swap out the vegetables (capsicum) to use bell peppers or celery instead?

Absolutely! The beauty of a stir fry is in its versatility. In our Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken recipe, we use capsicums but if you do not have them at hand, go ahead and swap them out for vegetables you do have.

Some other vegetables you can include are a combination of bell peppers, broccoli and celery. The stir fry is a great way to clean your fridge of any leftovers.

Can I refrigerate and reheat the Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken for the next day?

One of the best selling points of this dish is not just in its ease of preparation - it is also one of the easiest ways to prepare for your meals in advance. So, yes you can refrigerate the Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken and reheat it for your lunch at work the next day!

What goes well with the Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken?

Good question! You can either cook some fluffy white rice to soak up all the goodness of that black pepper sauce or for a healthier alternative, substitute with quinoa or brown rice.


Tips & Tricks In Delivering The Best Stir-Fried Black Pepper Chicken Meal

The stir fry is one recipe that comes with a variety of combinations of proteins, vegetables and sauces. Here are some of our best tips and tricks that will help you make the real-deal Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken, served up Chinese-restaurant style.

  1. Prepare your ingredients ahead of time: The ingredients are simple. Chop up all your vegetables into bite-sized chunks and prepare your shallots, onions and scallions beforehand so you can simply throw them all into the skillet when you need a last-minute dinner idea!
  2. Season your meat the night before: The longer you marinate your meat, the better it holds the flavour when cooking. Be sure to slice your meat into long thin strips so that it can cook through evenly. For fish and chicken, cube-sized works as well. Always cut your meat against the grain. Season your meat with salt and pepper before you add them into the pan or skillet.
  3. Experiment with flavours: Do not be afraid to substitute different herbs and spices when mixing your sauce together. For instance, you can combine Indian curry leaves with Chinese sauces such as oyster and soy sauce for complexity in flavour. Grinding fresh black peppercorns will also give you more flavour than pre-ground peppercorns.
  4. Stir fry over high heat: The secret to packing a punch in your Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken is to stir fry your vegetables and meat over high heat. This allows you to really bring the juices of the chicken out and flavour the dish as a whole. Stir frying over high heat in a wok also gives your Black Pepper Chicken that heavenly smoky taste.


Recipe: How To Make Spicy Stir-Fried Black Pepper Chicken

  1. Pound your peppercorns

    • In a pan, toast white and black peppercorns for 30 seconds, then remove from heat.
    • In a mortar and pestle, add toasted peppercorns and pound for 2 minutes. 
    • Set aside.

  2. Stir fry the vegetables and aromatics

    • In a pan on medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
    • Once the oil gets hot, add the onions, red and green peppers. 
    • Fry for 30 seconds, then add garlic and ginger. 
    • Stir fry for another 30 seconds.

    For more nutrition and colour, throw in some yellow and green bell peppers into your vegetable mix.

    Stir fry the vegetables and aromatics

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  3. Cook the chicken

    • Add cube-sized or long thin strips of chicken. Cook for 3 minutes or until chicken appears slightly opaque. 
    • Add 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, pepper and butter.

    • Stir the mixture well. 

    • In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water together, then add into the pan. 

    • Stir for another minute, then remove from heat. 

    • The cornstarch mixture helps thicken the sauce and make it more adhesive.

Plate and Serve!

Serve the Stir Fried Black Pepper Chicken on a bed of fluffy white rice or quinoa. Garnish with finely chopped scallions and enjoy! 

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Plate and Serve!


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