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Coarsely ground peppercorns add as much texture as taste to two chicken dishes

Stir-Fried Black Pepper Chicken with Green Beans

35 minutes

This simple stir-fry, a version of a dish we had in Cambodia's Kampot region, gets its bold, savory backbone from a full 3 tablespoons of black peppercorns that are coarsely cracked, then toasted to draw out deep, complex flavors and a rich, heady aroma. Sugar, fish sauce and fresh lime juice balance the pepper’s fieriness. Though Cambodian Kampot pepper is ideal, any variety of whole black peppercorns works nicely as long as they're fresh. Serve the stir-fry with steamed rice.

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