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Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken with soy sauce marinated chicken and sautéed onion and celery. SO Good!

black pepper chicken

Black pepper chicken is my favorite dish at Panda Express. I love the combination of sautéed chicken, onions and bold black pepper. So glad I finally tried making it at home. The good news is its super easy and quick!

Why has it taken me so long to try making black pepper chicken at home? I do not know.  Homemade black pepper chicken is fabulous and fresh!  I anticipate this dish will be made over and over again in this here kitchen.

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This is a quick, fresh, and healthy meal to make when you’re short on time.  All it takes is one saute pan, chicken, celery, onion, and black pepper (and a few extras), and you’re ready to go.  I love one pan meals.  They  make me so happy.

This dinner is SO simple and rivals black pepper chicken panda express style.  After the 30 minute marinade, the browning of chicken and sautéing of veggies takes about 15 minutes.

Tips for yummy black pepper chicken:

  • Remember to use freshly ground black pepper.
  • Set your grinder to large black pepper flakes.  I started grinding my pepper with the small flake setting – much better when I adjusted to the large flakes.
  • I used chicken thigh meat, but you can also use chicken breast.  Lately, I’ve just been preferring the richer taste of the thigh meat.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

black pepper chicken

Black Pepper Chicken

Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken with soy sauce marinated chicken and sautéed onion and celery. SO Good!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5
Calories 287 kcal
Author Five Silver Spoons


  • 4 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 1.5 pound chicken breast
  • 4 stalks celery thinly sliced on a bias
  • ½ medium yellow or white onion chopped into 1 inch squares
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • tablespoons coarse ground black pepper make sure to set your grinder to big black pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch


  1. Cut the chicken into one inch bites.
  2. Combine chicken, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, cornstarch and ground ginger in covered dish or large ziplock bag, and marinade for 30 minutes.
  3. Turn a wok or large sauce pan onto high heat and add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to pan.  

  4. When oil is hot and bubbly, add the chicken.
  5. Cook on high heat until browned.  

  6. Remove chicken from the pan and add in the celery and onions.

  7. Cook the veggies on high for 30-45 seconds.  You do not need to soften the veggies, just toss around and slightly cook them.

  8. Add in the remaining two tablespoons of soy sauce, the remaining ½ tablespoon of chili vinegar, the cooked chicken, and the black pepper.

  9. Cook and stir for 15 seconds to combine everything and and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Dinner then Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Black Pepper Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 832mg 35%
Potassium 651mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.








Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken with soy sauce marinated chicken and sautéed onion and celery. SO Good!
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