Chinese Black Pepper Chicken

A Chinese Fusion Recipe Starting from Late 1980s; Low-Carb and Family-Friendly

Chinese black pepper chicken is another great homemade Chinese dish you are going to repeat over and over again.

Chinese Black Pepper Chicken

Total Time:
27-32 Minutes
Prep Time
: 15-20 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 12 Minutes  
Serving: 4

Chinese black pepper sauce started to be popular in late 1980s. Back then, we were not big in spicy food, other than my father. But my mom is always willing to try something new and make us to try. It took me a while back then to get used to it because of its heat and spiciness.

You may love spicy sauce, so do I as a grownup. But I must share with you this personal experience. One time I made this dish and thought that I could add more black pepper and it would be ok. My, oh my, that was HOT. My tongue was on fire and the more I ate it, the hotter it got. At the end, I just couldn’t take it anymore and threw the rest away. Many of you may have already learned about me from this website that throwing food away is always the last thing I do.  So, you can imagine how unbearably hot the dish was.

You will find this chicken recipe is a toned down version to make it family-friendly.


If you plan on serving with steamed white rice, get it start cooking first before doing anything with the Chinese black pepper chicken.

I highly recommend to stick to the amount of black pepper used in this recipe. If someone in your household doesn’t like hot food, decrease the amount to 1/2 tsp of black pepper. You can always add more later.

If you are a big fan of hot and spicy, you can add red pepper flakes or Chinese chili oil on top of the black pepper sauce. Always go easy first. You can always add more heat later.

Recipe Ingredients and Tools

Chinese Black Pepper Chicken Recipe and Instructions

2 Green Bell Peppers (discard seeds and membrane; cut into bite size)
1 Small Yellow Onion (cut into bite size)
2-3 Skinless boneless chicken breasts (about a little bit over 1 1/4lbs in total; cut into bite size)
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce
1 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Sugar
2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Light Soy Sauce
1 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
2 tsp Water

  1. Combine chicken and marinade seasonings in a mixing bowl; put meat aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all sauce ingredients together and put it aside as well.  
  3. Cut up peppers and onions in bite size.
  4. Preheat a big skillet at high heat with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Single layer chicken on skillet and cook about 2-3 minutes to sear the first side.
  6. Turn it over and cook another 3 minutes.
  7. Stir in garlic, onions and peppers.
  8. Cover with lid and let it cook at medium high heat for another 6 minutes; stir it once in between.
  9. Stir in black pepper sauce and enjoy immediately with steamed white rice.

Chinese Black Pepper Chicken Steps with Photos

Seasoning in chickenAdd marinade seasonings into chicken
Marinaded chickenMix well and put it aside to let chicken marinated for a little bit
Cut up pepper and onionCut peppers and onions into bite size
Sauce ingredientsCombine sauce seasonings together in a separate bowl
Sauce is ready.Mix well and put sauce aside
Chicken into a panSingle layer chicken on a big, hot skillet
Halfway cooked chickenTurn chicken over after 2-3 minutes
Peppers and onion with chickenStir in peppers and onions
Chicken mixture coveredCover chicken mixture with a splatter screen
Sauce added into chicken mixtureAdd sauce into chicken mixture
Sauce is mixed with chickenStir well, salt and pepper to taste
Chinese black pepper chickenENJOY!

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