Chinese Pepper Chicken
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins
  • Servings: 4 people
  • Preparation Time: 10 to 15 mins
  • 400g (14 oz) chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup corn flour (cornstarch)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • vegetable oil for shallow frying, plus 1 tbsp extra
  • Black pepper sauce:
  • 1 tbsp whole Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp sweet dark soy sauce
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  1. Combine the chicken with the marinade ingredients. Set aside for later.
  2. Place the Sichuan peppercorns in a dry frying pan over high heat. Cook, shaking the pan, for 2 minutes or until the peppercorns are fragrant and just starting to smoke. Transfer to a mortar along with the black peppercorns. Grind to a fine powder.
  3. Mix 1 tbsp of the peppercorn powder with the oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine and sweet dark soy sauce. Keep the remaining peppercorn powder in an air-tight container and use to season anything from pan-fried chicken to grilled prawns.
  4. Add about a centimetre of oil to the base of a wok or frying pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, toss half the marinated chicken in the corn flour and cook in the oil for 3-4 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining chicken and flour.
  5. Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and capsicum and stir-fry for a minute. Add the chicken and the peppercorn sauce and stir-fry until well combined. Serve immediately.
A celebration of Chinese flavours and with serious comfort factor, this speedy stir-fry is ready to dive into in well under half an hour – with plenty of minutes to spare! I love how the savoury, peppery flavours are king in this dish – so satisfying.