Black Pepper Chicken

Savor the bold, savory goodness of my Black Pepper Chicken recipe! If you’re seeking a quick and satisfying dinner option, this recipe is a must-try. In just 7 minutes, you can whip up this delightful dish, making it perfect for a hearty meal!

Black pepper chicken served in white bowl.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Black Pepper Chicken is a delightful Chinese-inspired dish that showcases tender chicken breast stir-fried in a bold black pepper sauce. It’s a main course that I crafted with the perfect balance of flavors! Savory notes of soy sauce and oyster sauce complementing the spicy kick of black pepper. If you’re in search of a quick, flavorful, and satisfying meal that’s sure to please the taste buds, my recipe is going to be a fantastic choice!

Similar to my Kung Pao Chicken and Japanese Pork Stir Fry, this recipe follows the technique of stir-frying all the ingredients first and then adding the sauce for that burst of flavor. So, why wait? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to savor the rich, savory goodness of a recipe you’ll want to make again and again.



  • Chicken Breast – skinless and boneless chicken breast. Can also use chicken thighs.
  • Red Bell Pepper – sliced.
  • Onion yellow or brown onion sliced.
  • Celery – celery stalks chopped.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Salt – sea salted preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Oyster Sauce – a base sauce made from oyster extract. Can be found at most grocery stores.
  • Garlic Powder – ground dry powder.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.  
  • Chicken Broth – full flavor chicken broth.

🍗 Chicken Ingredient Note

If you prefer, you can also use chicken thigh as an alternative to Chicken Breast in this recipe.

Ingredients for black pepper chicken on the counter top.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or a Large Deep Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Stir-frying is a rapid cooking method, so having all your ingredients ready at hand ensures a seamless process. Moreover, using a Wok or Deep Skillet, High Heat, and a High-Temperature Cooking Oil are essential for achieving the best homemade stir fry.

Step 1 In a mixing bowl, combine Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, sweetener, and chicken broth. Ensure a thorough mix and set it aside.

Black pepper sauce.

Step 2 Next, prepare your cooking vessel, a deep large skillet or wok, and heat neutral cooking oil over high heat until it’s hot and lightly smoking. Add the cubed chicken, allowing it to sizzle for a minute.

Chicken being stir fried.

Step 3 After this initial minute, introduce the red bell pepper, onions, and celery. Continue cooking until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, typically about 3-4 minutes.

Black pepper chicken being stir fried.

Step 4 Add the sauce the skillet and combine it thoroughly with the ingredients. Once well-blended, transfer to a serving plate.

Black pepper chicken served in white bowl.

Recipe Variations

If you’re in the mood for something different, you can easily switch out the chicken and opt for steak to create a mouthwatering Black Pepper Seared Beef. The tender slices of steak combined with the bold black pepper sauce will create another delicious dish.

Paring Recommendations

To complement your Black Pepper Chicken, you have some excellent choices. Rice, whether it’s brown, steamed white, or even cauliflower rice, makes for a perfect side to soak up the savory flavors. For a healthy green addition, consider Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry or Garlic Kale Stir Fry. And if you’re in the mood for a comforting starter, Egg Drop Soup is a classic option.

Sauce for black pepper chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the level of black pepper to make it milder or spicier?

Yes, this recipe is balanced with black pepper in the middle, but you can easily adjust the amount of black pepper to suit your personal preference.

Can I prepare the sauce in advance and store it for later use?

Absolutely! The sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.


Black pepper chicken served in white bowl, top down shot.

Storage Tips

To ensure your leftovers stay fresh, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will maintain their delicious flavors for 3-5 days. When you’re ready for another savory meal, simply reheat them in the microwave.

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Black pepper chicken served in white bowl.

Black Pepper Chicken

Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Black Pepper Chicken with this easy recipe. Savor tender chicken stir-fried in a savory black pepper sauce, a delightful dish that's sure to satisfy your cravings.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: black pepper chicken chinese, Chinese black pepper chicken
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 357kcal


Chicken Stir Fry



  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Chop chicken breast into bite-size cubes, sprinkle salt and black pepper and set aside.
    Chicken breast cut into cubes.
  • Slice red bell pepper, onions, and chop celery as shown below.
    Sliced bell peppers.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, sweetener, and chicken broth. Mix well and set aside.
    Black pepper sauce.
  • In a deep frying pan or Wok, add neutral cooking oil and bring up to temp on high heat. Once up to temp and the oil is lightly smoking, add cubed chicken and cook for 1 minute.
    Chicken being stir fried.
  • After 1 minute, add red bell pepper, onions, and celery. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
    Black pepper chicken being stir fried.
  • Once chicken is cooked, add in the sauce. Combine well and then transfer to a serving plate. Top with optional Toasted Sesame Seeds and serve hot.
    Black pepper chicken served in white bowl.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 1030mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 941IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. This recipe is really good. But what is the servings?

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