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Weeknight style 25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry. The super fast chicken stir fry that everyone requests. Quick-cooking chicken tossed in a sweet, tangy, and spicy black pepper sauce with plenty of bell peppers, jalapeños, and basil. Serve this chicken over coconut lemongrass rice. Every bite is saucy, sweet, spicy, and perfectly seasoned with basil. It’s delicious and healthy.

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry |

The summer of my freshman year, I remember making chicken stir-fry all the time. This was the summer I really started to get into cooking. It was also the summer I got into the habit of cooking dinner for my family, I loved it. It was always such a release of creative energy for me at the end of the day.

Chicken stir-fry was one of the dinners I had the most fun experimenting with. You don’t need a specific recipe for stir-fry. For me, it’s always a mix of whatever vegetables I have on hand. And my sauce, it’s almost never the same.

Stir-fry is fun because you can do what you want with it. So today I’m sharing a quick stir-fry recipe that was just so good it needed to be written down…and hopefully made on repeat.

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry |

This really is fast, here are the details

First up, toss the chicken with a little cornstarch, turmeric, and ginger. Tossing the chicken with cornstarch helps the sauce to thicken nicely around the chicken.

Now make the sauce. It’s simply, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce (if you’d like), and plenty of black pepper.

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry |

Then stir fry the peppers and jalapeños until they just begin to soften. Add the chicken and give everything a nice toss. Then pour the sauce over top and let it simmer down and thicken over the chicken and peppers

While the chicken cooks, I always make some coconut rice with a touch of lemongrass. Using coconut milk in the rice adds additional creaminess, and the lemongrass keeps it flavorful. SO GOOD.

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry |

Now, put it all together

Spoon the rice into bowls, then add the chicken and peppers. Finish each bowl off with fresh basil.

Then serve it up right off the stove.

This really is that simple and that quick-cooking. Honestly, this will take you no more than thirty minutes to make.

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry |

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Lastly, if you make these 25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

25 Minute Black Pepper Jalapeño Basil Chicken Stir Fry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 269 kcal

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  • 1. In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, cornstarch, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.
    2. In a glass jar, combine the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce (if using) and 1/4 cup water.
    3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, jalapeños, and shallots, cook 2-3 minutes, until the peppers are charring. Stir in the chicken, tossing to combine with the peppers, cook 2 minutes.
    4. Pour in the honey/soy sauce mix. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the sauce coats the chicken, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
    5. Serve the chicken and sauce over bowls of coconut lemongrass rice (recipe in notes). Top with plenty of fresh basil.


Coconut Lemongrass Rice: Combine 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot. Bring to a low boil. Add 1 cup basmati rice, 1-2 tablespoons lemongrass paste, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine, cover, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook 10 minutes on low, then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit, covered, for another 15-20 minutes (don’t take any peeks inside!). Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
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  1. 5 stars
    This meal was so easy to prepare and had so much flavor. My husband loved it too! It is the perfect weeknight dinner!

  2. 5 stars
    This was very good. We don’t eat meat so I admittedly had to make some ingredient and instruction changes, but it worked out great! I used 4 cups of dried, then reconstituted in chickenless broth, soy curls (a fantastic chicken replacement!) that I broke up in to bite sizes pieces beforehand. I mixed in the seasonings and 2 TBSP of corn starch then browned the soy curls in 2 TBSP sesame oil and set aside. Then I cooked the peppers and shallot before adding the soy curls back in t the pan. Then I poured the sauce in and let it simmer for a few min as I turned everything in the pan.

    As for the sauce, I doubled it because the soy curls soak up liquid easily. However, I only needed to use about 3/4 of what I made. I also used less honey, to taste, and added a couple good pinches of red chili pepper flakes instead of leaving the seeds in the jalapeno. Lastly, I added 1 TBSP of corn starch to the sauce to thicken it just a bit so it would cling nicely to the soy curls and peppers. I served the stir fry over steamed brown jasmine rice, and I sprinkled chopped peanuts over the top of the stir fry along with additional basil to add a bit of crunch to the texture. I served mini spring rolls on the side.

    This was delicious and my family enjoyed it!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Thanks for sharing your feedback and what worked well for you! xxT

    1. Hey Molly,
      Sure, those would work for you:) Let me know how the recipe turns out, I hope you love it! xx

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xxT

  3. 4 stars
    This was so tasty! My husband had his with some cut up mango and loved it that way too. 🙂 Was very happy with how quick it all came together!

    1. Hi Kaley,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for trying it out!! xx

  4. 5 stars
    My local grocery stores never have enough basil so I can’t attest to that but I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and have made it a couple of times. I LOVE your Asian food.

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! 🌺xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious as always! I didn’t make a single change to this recipe 🙂 The spice from the chicken was well complimented by the sweetness of the coconut rice. I’ve made this twice already!

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Happy Sunday!! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! 🌺 xx

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is in my top 5 favorites of yours! SO SO SO good. I ended up adding 3 Jalapeños (my husband and I love spicy) and it was perfect. We also made it with the coconut rice- didn’t have lemon grass so added freshly grated ginger and lemon. Already can’t wait to make this again.

    1. Hey Brynn,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  7. Hi!! This is one of me and my husband’s favorites, so I was wanting to make it for my in-laws coming into town, but it seems like we’re out of chicken. I have some ribeye and sirloin steaks, do you think either of those would work? Thank you!!!

    1. Hey Jill,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! I would do sirloin and thinly slice strips for this dish. xx

  8. 5 stars
    Ohmygoodness, you did it again 🙌🏼 My boyfriend and I loved it. This dish was full of flavor, tasted similar to curry with the coconut rice, it was like I went to a restaurant! Incredibly delicious and I’m happy I have leftovers 😋 thank you for your creativity!

  9. 5 stars
    Delectable and super easy! We love the tangy sauce mixed with the basil – what a great combo. Will definitely make this again and again.

  10. 5 stars
    Next level recipe. The entire family raved on it. Couldn’t find lemongrass paste…substituted grated ginger and lemon zest. Came out great. Can’t get enough of your recipes, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Tara,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great day:) xxT