• Amanda Mirabella

Garlic Pepper Chicken

Updated: May 19, 2020

I wanted to emulate a local Thai restaurant's garlic pepper chicken that I adore! I am not sure I succeeded in making a copy-cat, but this recipe is delicious and fulfilling.You can adjust the spice to your liking and add in other vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, etc.) if you'd like. If you ever have questions about modifications, don’t hesitate to contact me!

As a note- all of my recipes are gluten free, unless I specify otherwise! I primarily eat that way, so it’s what you’ll find most often on my feed. I don’t use a lot of dairy or soy, but you’ll see some recipes that include those ingredients. This recipe is gluten and dairy free, but contains soy (tamari is gluten free soy sauce). If you can’t tolerate soy, sub coconut aminos!

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~1.5 lbs pastured chicken breasts

2 tsp tapioca flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Avocado oil


2 Tbsp tamari

2 Tbsp coconut aminos

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1/2 Tbsp + 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

3/4 cup broth (I used chicken)

~1 inch grated ginger

1 tsp red pepper

1 tsp honey

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

~5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 

1/4 white onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp arrowroot powder

Optional: I love spicy food so I added extra peppers, but they're not essential! The tellicherry pepper are easier to find but the chiltepins aren't very common. If you're using, add them to the sauce.

1/2 tsp ground tellicherry peppercorns

~3 chiltepins, crushed

You could also add a bit of chili paste or extra red pepper

Green onions


Sesame seeds


-Lay out chicken breasts on a cutting board, and using the flat side of a meat mallet (or a heavy skillet), pound until the chicken Is ~ 1/4 -1/2 inch thick. Cut the chicken into cubes ~ 1/2 inch wide

-In a bowl, mix tapioca flour, salt, and pepper, then add In chicken. Toss until chicken Is coated

-Heat a cast Iron skillet over medium high-heat, then add avocado oil. Add the chicken in batches, and cook until golden brown (~3 mins per side)

-When each batch is done, set aside and add a little more avocado oil to continue cooking chicken until all is done

-Mix Ingredients for the sauce, except for the arrowroot powder

-When all chicken is cooked, adjust the heat to low, and add all of the chicken back to the skillet. Add the sauce, and let it simmer for ~5 mins. It will begin to thicken, then sprinkle in the arrowroot powder. Whisk, then continue simmering

-Once the sauce has thickened, remove chicken and sauce from heat