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Black Pepper Chicken Recipe

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for – a recipe for black pepper chicken.  If it’s well seasoned black pepper chicken is probably one of the best things you can find at any Chinese buffet. Normally thigh meat is used for this type of recipe but I decided to go with chicken breasts instead.

If you enjoy dark meat chicken be sure to use boneless skinless chicken thighs! The sauce is truly outstanding, both black and white pepper and a little sake give it just the right amount of kick. There are also a few vegetables added to this recipe such as white onions, peas, and carrots. Normally on the buffet tables, they have white onions and green bell peppers and I have also seen celery in it before so just feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. You might want a little extra sauce to go with your rice, if so make sure to double or even triple the sauce depending on how much you want. Let me know how it turns out.

If you like this one, try black pepper beef next.

Yield: 4 servings

Black Pepper Chicken

Black pepper chicken, prepared.

Breaded and fried chicken pieces coated in a splcy black pepper sauce.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch (for dusting)
  • 1 white onion (diced)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • oil (for drying)
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sake or rice wine


  1. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into ½“cubes and dust chicken pieces with corn starch until fully coated.
  3. Deep fry (or fry in a wok) chicken in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok and stir fry diced onion for a minute or two. Add peas and carrots and stir fry for another minute. Add sauce mixture to the wok and heat until bubbling. Add chicken stirring to fully coat with the sauce. Serve with white rice.



Thursday 20th of November 2014

This is a FABULOUS recipe. There is a Thai/Chinese restaurant, and on Mondays they have a buffet that I specifically go to for a chicken recipe they only feature on Mondays. After searching the only two ingredients I could think of, it took me here, and when I made the recipe, it was the EXACT same as what I looked forward to on Mondays. THANK YOU!


Tuesday 11th of November 2014

This looks EXACTLY like the pepper chicken at our local Chinese buffet, which is outstanding!


Tuesday 17th of December 2013

Prayer - I would say that you would not be able to make the exact same dish using those ingredients. You could try using just soy sauce and black pepper for the sauce but it is not going to taste the same without the oyster sauce.


Tuesday 17th of December 2013

I'm trying to make this for dinner tonight but all I have is green peppers, chicken breast, an onion, soy sauce, and rice. Is there anyway I can make the same meal but with substitions?


Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Hi Donny - I would add the brown sugar in with the sauce ingredients. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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