Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken Recipe

From the hills of Hollywood (think Nicole Richie and Ms. GOOP herself) to the stone-cold streets of New York City, this recipe is making the celebrity rounds. But it wasn’t until my stylish sister alerted me to it did I decide to put my spin on it and give it a go. I’ve tweaked the cooking method to include a simple extra step of reducing the leftover sauce. It’s a quick tip I’ve picked up from being in culinary school and it really adds an extra punch of sweet and fiery flavor. 

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Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken

From the hills of Hollywood (think Nicole Richie and Ms. GOOP herself) to the stone-cold streets of New York City, this recipe is making the celebrity rounds. But it wasn’t until my stylish sister alerted me to it did I decide to put my spin on it and give it a go. I’ve tweaked the […]
3.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 dried red chilies, halved
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, fish sauce, water, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, pepper and chiles. Set aside.
  • Heat the canola oil in a large deep pan.
  • Add the shallots and cook until soft (about 3 minutes).
  • Add the cubed chicken pieces and the reserved sauce. Bring to a simmer over high heat.
  • Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked then use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked chicken from the pan.
  • Increase the heat and continue simmering the sauce until it has reduced by half (it should have a syrupy consistency). Add the chicken back into the pan and toss to coat.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or veggies.
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Recipe adapted from Food&Wine.


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Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 1248mg, Potassium: 437mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 240IU, Vitamin C: 33.1mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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  1. 3 stars
    The first time I made it everyone thought it tasted a little blah…this time I marinated the chicken in the sauce for about 20 minutes and I stirred in 1 tablespoon orange marmaled when I let the sauce simmer…Wow! What a difference that made!! The taste, the color…I recommend the tweak

  2. Hi justataste, my name is Maria. This is an amazing recipe. I love all your recipes so much that I added this one to my blog, but giving the link to here, as the original source, as I always do with everything I publish. Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration and for the excellent recipes you bring to us.