Black pepper chicken

Black pepper chicken

Black pepper chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A great homemade version of a takeout classic.


  • 2 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1” ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic


  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3/4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch


  1. Whisk sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Add 1 Tbsp. of the sauce to the chicken, along with remaining chicken ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Cut bell pepper and onion into 1” squares, mince garlic, and grate ginger. Set aside.
  4. Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil in a skillet over medium (5-6). Cook chicken pieces in batches until fully cooked and golden. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 
  5. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. of oil to skillet. Add onion and green bell pepper. Sauté until slightly tender but still crisp. 
  6. Add ginger and garlic and cook for another minute.
  7. Reduce heat to low (2-3). Stir sauce to recombine, then add to skillet. Let simmer until thickened. 
  8. Add chicken back to skillet and heat until warmed through. 

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