Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish, and make sure the oyster sauce is gluten-free.


"Soups are a great way to introduce a lot of vegetables to kids. Stir-fries, too, because they contain so many different shapes and colors." -Emeril Lagasse

The refrigerator light goes on...

Stir-frys are great choices for weeknight meals because they are quick and easy as well as delicious and great for you. Two tips: first, cut the ingredients into similar sizes so they cook at a more uniform rate. Second, add the firmer ingredients to the wok first so they have a little longer to cook. For example, add the carrots first, then the onions and then the peppers.

This version uses a lot of black pepper. We usually think of black pepper as something added at the end of a dish to give it a bit of pop, or freshly ground over your salad or soup. It does, however, make a great focus to a recipe and this chicken stir-fry is a great example. Marinating in the pepper infuses the flavor into the chicken, but it also softens the sharpness of the black pepper. Adding the pepper to the sesame oil toasts the black pepper and infuses flavor even further.


Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 4 ounces chicken with vegetables

Cooking time: 30 minutes (does not include marinating time)

This recipe can easily be multiplied and keeps well for about 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Serve with Brown Rice or Jasmine Rice | Low Sodium Jasmine Rice.

3 tsp. fresh ground black pepper (divided)
16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs (thinly sliced)
3 tsp. reduced sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce (divided)
1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
2 cups no salt added vegetable or chicken stock
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
1 large onion (cut into 1/2 inch squares)
1 large green bell pepper (cut into 1/2 inch squares)
1/2 lime (juiced)

Black Pepper Chicken Stir Fry recipe from Dr. Gourmet, ready in 30 minutes

Place 1 teaspoon of the black pepper, the chicken, 2 teaspoons of the soy sauce, and the oyster sauce in a bowl and mix together.

Let the chicken marinate for at least an hour.

When ready to cook, combine the stock with the cornstarch and whisk until smooth.

Place the sesame oil and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a wok or large skillet over high heat.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir continuously.

Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the green bell pepper and the marinated chicken.

Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the lime juice and one teaspoon soy sauce. Toss well.

Add the stock/cornstarch mixture.

Toss well for about 90 seconds until the sauce begins to thicken.

Serve over brown rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces chicken with vegetables

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 197 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.5g 18%
    Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 513mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
Vitamin K 7mcg Potassium 377mg