Black Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry is a simple, sweet and peppery dish. Loaded with tender pieces of chicken, vegetables and is served over rice, it’s not only healthy but super easy too. This recipe yields 4 generous entree portions.

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

Calling all Black Pepper Lovers!

My husband absolutely loves black pepper. And he puts it on just about everything, from coney dogs to popcorn. Luckily I stumbled up this recipe while searching for a black pepper stir-fry recipe – never really knowing one even existed. Since then, I’ve made it so many times, and have adapted the original recipe to our preference. And I can confidently say, we’re obsessed. It’s sweet and peppery and loaded with tender chicken and lots of healthy vegetables.

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

If you love black pepper and stir-fry, this simple black pepper chicken stir-fry is your jam!

ingredients for Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

To Make This Black Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry You Will Need:

  • black pepper corns
  • ground Szechuan pepper
  • peach jam
  • coconut aminos
  • unsalted chicken stock
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt
  • baking soda
  • garlic powder
  • bell pepper
  • bok choy
  • yellow onion
  • extra light olive oil
  • cornstarch
  • cooked white rice
  • green onion

peppercorns in grinder

Start by grinding your peppercorns. Freshly ground black pepper is key to the flavor of this dish. Add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons peppercorns into your spice grinder. I have a designated coffee grinder that I strictly use for grinding whole spices. 

freshly ground black pepper

Pulse until coarsely ground.

ingredients for black pepper chicken sauce in bowl

Make the Black Pepper sauce:

In a bowl measure and add 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon ground Szechuan pepper, 3 tablespoons peach jam, 3 tablespoon coconut aminos and 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock.

whisked sauce in bowl

Thoroughly whisk to combine and set aside.

ingredients for marinade for chicken

Make the chicken marinade:

Measure and add; 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon coconut aminos into a medium bowl.

stirred ingredients for marinade

Stir to combine. It should foam a bit.

chicken added to marinade

To that, add in 1 and 1/4 pounds diced boneless skinless chicken breasts that have been diced into 1-inch bitesize pieces.

toss chicken in marinade

Toss to coat thoroughly and set aside.

Do Not Add The Cornstarch Until Right before cooking. Doing this will crisp the chicken beautifully.

prepped veggies

Prep your veggies by dicing 1 medium yellow onion, 1 medium bell pepper (discarding seeds, stems and ribs) and 1 medium head of bok choy.

Traditionally, black pepper chicken is made with celery. I know my family and they are not into celery in their stir-fry. So I swap it for bok choy. You still get the crunchy texture and the flavor is delicious in this dish.

chopped and rinsed bok choy leaves

When slicing the Bok Choy, slice the leaves as well. Add the leaves to a salad spinner or colander, rinse and spin (or pat dry with paper towels) dry.

oil to skillet

In a 12-inch skillet or large wok, add 1/4 cup extra light olive oil to a large wok or skillet. Heat on medium-high. Check to see if the oil is hot enough, by placing the end of a wooden chop stick in the oil. If bubble surround it, it’s ready.

toss chicken with cornstarch

Right when your oil is hot enough and not any earlier, add 1/4 cup cornstarch to the chicken. Toss well until each piece is coated evenly.

add coated chicken to hot skillet

Once coated, immediately add the chicken to the prepared pan in an even layer. If you need to work in batches of two, you can do that with great results.

browned chicken in skillet

Cook 2 to 3 minutes on all sides or until golden and the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink.

transfer cooked chicken to paper towel lined plate

Transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined plate.

add veggies to skillet

Add the onion, peppers and white parts of the bok choy to the remaining oil left in the skillet.

stir fried veggies

Stir and cook until the vegetables start to soften.

add bok choy leaves and sauce

Next add in the boy choy leaves and pour in the black pepper sauce.

toss until leaves are slightly wilted

Again, stir and toss until the leaves just start to wilt.

add cooked chicken to pan

Lastly, add in the crispy chicken pieces.

tossed chicken and vegetables in skillet

Toss to coat once last time until heated through. Taste and season with salt if desired.

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

Serve over cooked white rice and with leftover freshly ground black pepper.

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions, grab your chopsticks and dig in!

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-fry

Enjoy! And if you give this Black Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Black Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry

Black Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry is a simple, sweet and peppery dish. Loaded with tender pieces of chicken, vegetables and is served over rice, it's not only healthy but super easy too.



  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground plus more for serving (see notes)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Szechuan pepper powder, see notes
  • 3 tablespoons peach jam or preserves
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock


  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


  • 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bok choy, sliced (sliced white parts and leaves separated)
  • cooked white rice, for serving
  • sliced green onions, for serving



  • In a bowl measure and add freshly ground black pepper, ground Szechuan pepper, peach jam, coconut aminos and unsalted chicken stock. Whisk well to combine and set aside.


  • In a medium bowl add garlic powder, baking soda, salt and coconut aminos. Stir to combine. Add in the diced chicken breast and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • NOTE: Do not add the cornstarch just set. You will do it right before cooking the chicken.


  • Add oil to a large wok or 12-inch skillet. Heat on medium-high until hot. Check by placing the end of a wooden chop stick in the oil. If tiny bubble surround the end, the oil is ready.
  • Once the oil is hot, toss the marinated chicken in the cornstarch until evenly coated. Immediately add to the hot oil in an even layer. Cook 2 to 3 minutes a side or until golden and the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Transfer the cooked chicken to a paper towel lined plate.
  • To the remaining oil in the pan, add the diced bell pepper, onion, and sliced (white parts) bok choy. Toss and cook until just starting to soften.
  • Add in the sliced bok choy leaves and black pepper sauce. Stir until the leave just start to wilt.
  • Add in the cooked chicken and toss in the sauce. Once heated through, taste and season with salt if desired.
  • Serve immediately over cooked rice with extra ground black pepper and sliced green onions.


  • Freshly ground black pepper is the key to this dish. Using a designated spice grinder will get the job done more efficiently. Add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns to your spice grinder and pulse until coarsely ground.
  • Szechuan pepper powder can be purchased (link below) or you can do it yourself here.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 554mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g

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