Asian Chicken Chops with Black Pepper Sauce

asian chicken chops

Asian Chicken Chops

Asian Chicken Chops with Black Pepper Sauce 

This is a pan grilled Asian Chicken Chops recipe. No deep frying here, so yes it’s healthier. And it is so delicious.

My kids, aged six and nine fight over who gets the bigger chops every time!  Sure it can be served on its own like a steak with veggies, or as a side with a small portion of rice. Asian style would be rice, chops, stir fried vegetables and an egg: sunny side up! Personally, I like it with a small portion of rice, some stir – fried baby spinach and some oven baked fries! It’s so good. Hope you will enjoy my version. Its very simple with some very basic ingredients.  Best of all, after marinating, it cooks in 10- 15 minutes! Enjoy! This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. I know it is being shared on various platforms. Really appreciate if you would link back to me 🙂

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Asian Chicken Chops with Black Pepper Sauce

Recipe Type: Main
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Marination/ Resting Time : 1 hour 15 minutes
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Serves: 3
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  • 2 Chicken Thighs or Legs ( this is important- doesn’t really work with breasts) – boneless and with skin kept on!
  • Spring onion greens, chopped – for garnish

The Marinade:

  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • oil for pan grilling/frying


For the Black Pepper Sauce:

  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly (Vidalia Onions are great for this sauce)
  • 3 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour + 1 cup Water (mixed together)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil / gingelly oil / til oil


  • Wash and rinse the boneless chicken with skin well.
  • Cut away any yellowish bits of fat and discard. Keep the skin intact. Drain well.
  • Combine all the ingredients for marinade well. I like to use a Ziploc  freezer bag for easy cleanup.
  • Add to the bag or a bowl and rub the chicken well in the marinade for a minute.
  • Seal the bag and  keep refrigerated for 1 hour. Place outside at room temperature 15 minutes before grilling.
  • Prepare the sauce ingredients before grilling : slice onions, mince garlic, set aside the sauce ingredients.
  • Crush the black pepper to a grainy texture. Do not use pepper powder.
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  • Heat a non – stick pan or grill pan with just enough oil to grill/fry the chicken – 2-3 Tbsp.
  • (I like to use a pan with deep sides to avoid splatter and mess).
  • Once somewhat hot – but not too hot, Place the chicken skin side down and slide  around in the oil. ( This ensures that the skin does not stick to the pan).
  • Leave the pieces undisturbed till the bottom is golden and comes off the pan easily. (2-3 minutes on medium heat).
  • Turn over and allow the second side to turn golden as well.
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  • While the chicken is getting grilled, prepare the sauce:
  • In another non stick pan or wok, heat the sesame oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute well till softened and light golden. (Not Brown).
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  • Add the sauces and sugar and crushed black pepper. Cook Black Pepper on med low heat to avoid the sauce from going bitter.
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  • Cook briefly, stirring and then add the Cornflour + Water Solution. Stir for a while till slightly thickened.
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  • Pick up the grilled chicken pieces and place them into the simmering, thickening sauce.
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  • Allow to simmer gently till the sauce reduces and creates a  lovely coating for the chicken.
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  • Serve hot. Garnish with Spring Onion Greens.
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  • Suggested sides for Asian Chicken Chops: Baked Potato wedges or fries, White rice and sauted baby spinach(chopped finely) in sunflower oil with minced garlic and oyster sauce.

asian chicken chops recipe

Asian Chicken Chops with Black Pepper Sauce


  • Keeping the skin on whilst grilling/frying, keeps the chicken ultra moist. Chicken should be grilled evenly to a golden color. If you choose, you may remove the skin prior to serving.

Did you enjoy our Asian Chicken Chops with Black Pepper Sauce ? Let us know 🙂


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