Recipes: Non-Vegetarian

Black Pepper Chicken

There are certain times in a year when all I want to do is nothing more than cuddle up with a great book and nibble on some extra-spicy food – like this Pepper Chicken. Throw in a few cold winds my way, and the mood is set. With Hubby Dear out on one of his business tours, leaving me all alone to face the dilemma of what to pack for our upcoming tropical vacation, I was definitely in the need for some spiced up comfort.

Recipe for Black Pepper Chicken taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

While I successfully managed to pick certain favourites from my existing wardrobe and shopped for what I deemed as must-haves for a holiday by the beach, I was still to face the toughest part – fitting it all into one lousy teeny-tiny suitcase. Okay, so maybe it’s not all that teeny-tiny, but it’s still too small for the 27 various outfit combinations I solemnly swear I need for the 7-day trip. And that’s not including all the coordinating shoes and accessories! Well, what can I say, I like to travel Bollywood style.


I suddenly realized as I emerged from the pile of clothes I was almost buried under, that I had spent the last four hours rummaging through my closet, getting all my “to-pack” things in order. Long past my regular lunchtime, it had just occurred to me how hungry I actually was. So I lazily strolled into my kitchen with no inspiration what-so-ever. Then, as if something called out to me, I recalled how I had left some chicken to defrost the night before. Okay, so I had chicken on my mind. What to do with it, I still had no idea. And that’s how this Pepper Chicken recipe was born.

A slight variation to the classic Chilli Chicken, this Pepper Chicken recipe can leave you sprinting to the nearest bottle of cold water.

But nonetheless, it’s a perfect call for a cold late winter afternoon. So ahead, don’t be afraid, definitely give it a try. But then don’t go about saying I didn’t warn you!

BLACK PEPPER CHICKEN

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

  • Mix chicken pieces with salt, turmeric and chilli powder and set aside to marinate for about an hour. In a non-stick pan, heat oil and fry chicken till brown and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute curry leaves, green chillies, garlic till fragrant. Add sliced onions and fry till lightly transparent. Add green pepper, salt, and pepper, and fry for another minute or two.
  • Add in fried chicken pieces and soya sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes, allowing flavours to blend well.

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Varna Vikas
    November 25, 2010

    5 stars
    WOW!!!! Its so delicious… I like this..I ate it with chappathi and was tasty!!!!!!

  • Reply
    Vaibhav
    December 19, 2008

    5 stars
    Let me give it a shot, if I can cook half as good as it looks it will be my accomplishment for the year 🙂

  • Reply
    Reeba
    March 14, 2008

    5 stars
    Meena.. u r an absolute genius n inspire me to cook !! i just finished making this n it looks great..Thanks to you, i’ve started takin an interest in cooking.
    U r ma saviour!!!

  • Reply
    BLISSY
    January 13, 2008

    5 stars
    Hello Meena!

    I am a passionate foodie & weekend chef (who takes over the kitchen with my wife’s permission) from Bangalore who belongs to “one lives to eat” school of thought.

    I chanced upon your website when I was searching for a Dal Makhni recipe. It did not take long to realize the passion, care, and simplistic accuracy behind your recipes and related dialogue and the same has gotten me hooked.

    I went ahead and tried the Dal Makhni recipe, it came out almost perfect but for the rajmah being slightly undercooked. On post mortem analysis as my family devoured, my mom remarked how I missed out on adding sufficient water as I pressure cooked. I then realized how I chose a smaller capacity of pressure cooker instead of going for the bigger one.

    The pepper chicken too was applauded especially by my dad who just loves peppery stuff. Inspired by what some Andhra style restaurants in Bangalore do to their mutton starters, I decided to add small broken pieces of cashew nut along with capsicum which turned to be a nice enhancer ensuring not only chicken but also the capsicum/onion got cleaned up without a trace after serving.

    My only 2 cents on alert to others trying this recipe would be to use half the quantity of Soya sauce (add on more later if you prefer) because some of soya sauces out there like the one I used seem to be more thicker and concentrated which might dab your chicken with extra soya coating reducing the power of pepper and overpowering the subtle tastes of red chilli in the chicken.

    Will keep you posted on my next weekend tryst, I think I might go baking. Thanks for sharing and doing the same so well.

  • Reply
    Monica
    March 25, 2007

    5 stars
    looks really yummy, will try this soon. Thanks for sharing, I am so glad that I found your blog.

  • Reply
    Nisha
    March 8, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Meena…I made this recipe for my dear hubby and I after a long day at work…it was quick, easy, and YUMMY!!! I’ll keep visiting your sites for more recipes. We added hot sauce to add more heat!

  • Reply
    Sig
    February 17, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, I just tried this recipe, and it turned out great! So simple, yet so tasty… Only change I made was to increase the spice a little bit, I love the heat… 🙂

  • Reply
    Aruna
    February 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena,
    I tried ur pepper chicken y’day & it was absolutely delicious.
    Thanks,
    Aruna

  • Reply
    yln
    February 5, 2007

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe. I didn’t have the green peppers, but it still came out great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Vanillasushi
    January 28, 2007

    5 stars
    I made this last night for the boyfriend and his buddies and it was a hit! I didn’t realize you were Canadian either until I read your recent post! We found all the spices in Kensington Market. I even cooked real basmati rice for the first time (not the instant crap!) We were afraid it might be too hot after pre-tasting the chillies so we scraped out the seeds in half of them but afterwards we decided it needed the heat. (We had tripled the recipe and 9 chillies seemed intimidating) I can’t wait to try more of your recipes out!

  • Reply
    Vanillasushi
    January 20, 2007

    5 stars
    Your photos are always so gorgeous!

    I am SO going to make this for my boyfriend next weekend as soon as I track down all the spices.

  • Reply
    Condiment Girl
    January 19, 2007

    5 stars
    Yummy! Sounds like a delicious kick. Can’ t wait to try it. Love soy sauce.

  • Reply
    BuddingCook
    January 18, 2007

    5 stars
    just hopped on by. I love your site design. so clean. 🙂

  • Reply
    Amna
    January 18, 2007

    5 stars
    Dear Meena,
    I’m so pleased to come across ur website….u have made my dream come true of cooking fusion food…this recipe is amazing and I love it…ur a Cooking Goddess in true sense…So looking forward for your new recipes…

    Love & regards
    Amna Majeed

  • Reply
    Meeta
    January 15, 2007

    5 stars
    oh I am peppered alright!! This is a HOT dish Meena. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Reply
    Anika From Darwin
    January 14, 2007

    5 stars
    It’s been a long time since I checked out your blog. I must say, you have come a long way since you started, but you just get better and better!!! Have a lovely trip to the tropics!!!

  • Reply
    MeltingWok
    January 14, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, your peppered chicken with rice looks great. Ooh, I love all the aromatics, especially curry leaves. It is so expensive to get here, what bout there? I tried on some shrimp stir fry with curry leaves, and it turned out great. I’ll try it out with your chicken recipe next time, thx 🙂 Cheers ! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rehna
    January 13, 2007

    5 stars
    Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    January 11, 2007

    5 stars
    I’ve never heard of curry leaves before! but I love curry. this looks great!

    • Reply
      Meena
      January 13, 2007

      Hi Rachel, curry leaves are an aromatic herb widely popular with many Asian cuisines and often readily available at most of the local Asian grocery stores. Hope you try it out, the flavours are something you’ll just want to keep coming back to!

  • Reply
    kickpleat
    January 11, 2007

    5 stars
    yum, this looks great and I’m sure way better than Chinese take out!

  • Reply
    meena kandlakuti
    January 11, 2007

    5 stars
    pepper chicken looks yummy. I like them but right now I am not going to eat non-veg for one more year as one year passed. But When Ever get a chance I can make this for my family.thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Linda @ Brazilian Food Love
    January 11, 2007

    5 stars
    looks lovely but I’d have to go easy on the spices, I am terribly sensitive to spicy food. I’ve never seen curry leaves here though…

    • Reply
      Meena
      January 13, 2007

      You can definitely cut down on the spices Linda. I’d suggest omitting the green chillies altogether, the black pepper would spice it up just right. Curry leaves are an aromatic herb widely popular with many Asian cuisines and often readily available at most of the local Asian grocery stores. Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    January 11, 2007

    5 stars
    Just a quick question (from a new reader :), what are curry leaves?

    • Reply
      Meena
      January 13, 2007

      Hi Melissa, thanks for dropping by. Curry leaves are an aromatic herb widely popular with many Asian cuisines and often readily available at most of the local Asian grocery stores. Hopes this helps! 🙂

  • Reply
    Pamela
    January 10, 2007

    5 stars
    Oh Meena, sounds delish!! As soon as I can source some curry leaves I’m gonna try this one!

  • Reply
    Nidhi
    January 10, 2007

    5 stars
    Hey Meena, I am also like you when it comes to vacation and packing….:))

    I love your Indo-Chinese recipes, and I must say they are great. How do you make such wonderful Chinese food? My husband and me love it so much that I have to try it. 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Nidhi.

  • Reply
    Supriya
    January 10, 2007

    5 stars
    I was LOL when I was reading about your 27 pairs for 7 days…..sounds just like me…hahahaha…..i think all girls love to do this…:) btw your Chinese/Indo-Chinese recipes are awesome…. oh ya and where did you buy this dinnerware?

  • Reply
    Spice Lover
    January 10, 2007

    5 stars
    The chicken looks delicious. At first, I thought it was another version of the chilli paneer you had blogged earlier, which is on my must-try list. Have a packet of paneer in the fridge saying “Chili fry me” every time I open it.

  • Reply
    Ricky
    January 10, 2007

    5 stars
    The chicken came out excellent. It was pretty easy to cook too and very spicy, just my kind. Love the combination of peppers with chicken. Thanks a lot once again. Your recipes ROCK!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Revathi
    January 9, 2007

    5 stars
    Haha, that’s a wonderful write-up!!! I completely agree I never had the inclination to enter the kitchen nor eat on time when hubby was away for 3 months !!!! The chicken looks very very delicious !!!

  • Reply
    rachel
    January 9, 2007

    5 stars
    I love the “travel Bollywood style”! I was watching Rang De Basanti last night and was thinking about how much I’d like to change outfits every time I turned around!

  • Reply
    Ricky
    January 9, 2007

    5 stars
    Perfect timing. I am making it tonite itself 🙂

  • Reply
    Rimpi
    January 9, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena…this looks so tempting. Will try it for sure.

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