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Dancing for Garlic and Pepper Chicken


Dancing for Garlic and Pepper Chicken

Whenever I eat Gai Tot Gratiem Prik Thai, tender slices of bite-sized chicken infused with garlic and white pepper, Dom’s teenage sister Oi dances into my mind.

When we were in Bangkok, Dom and I would have lunch with Dom’s mom and Oi every other Sunday.

We usually went to a restaurant in Siam Square, a popular shopping area in central Bangkok, because Oi took street dance krumping classes nearby.

Oi would wear her i-Pod, a cool big T-shirt emblazoned with a famous Thai singer’s face, stylin’ dance sneakers and tight jeans. And she would usually always order Moo Tot Gratiem Prik Thai (she loved pork, but I love chicken, you can use either meat in this recipe).

With her fork, she would maneuver just enough rice, pork, garlic pieces and pepper-hinted sauce onto her spoon. She would eat sort of quickly, so she could make it to her dance class, but not too quickly to look uncool.

Garlic and Pepper Chicken

After saying a few words to us, a smile would finally tug at her lips as she got to leave us boring people and go DANCE.

We would all meet her a little before the class ended. Dom and I loved peeking at her through the dance class window. She came alive as she broke it down like she was a dancing star on Step Up.

Oi is now 17 and about to start college. I haven’t seen her for three years, but I can’t wait for October when our baby is born, and she hopefully comes with Dom’s mom to visit. I didn’t get to know her much before because she was shy and a teeen-ager…but I always knew since she loved Garlic and Pepper Pork so much that my dancing queen sister-n-law had good taste.


Oi is in the front with the white shoes

Garlic, and lots of it, is essential to many Thai dishes, especially at our house since garlic is one of Dom’s best friends that must be with him at every meal. I love how this is such a simple dish, with such flavor. Try and tell me what you think!

Dancing for Garlic and Pepper Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3

Dancing for Garlic and Pepper Chicken

This recipe is quick and easy, and your tongue will dance with delight once it has a bite of garlic and pepper chicken.


  • 3 chicken breasts (or pork or beef)
  • 10 smashed garlic cloves*
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • 3-4 tsp. of white pepper powder
  • 3-4 tsp. of fish sauce
  • cilantro for garnish


  1. Smash the garlic in your mortar and pestle, or with a knife if you don't have a mortar and pestle. But don't smash it too small. You want it chunky so you can really savor the garlic flavor with each bite.
  2. Slice the meat into thin, bite-sized pieces.
  3. Heat cooking oil in a work or pan. Add garlic and stir until it's a very light-brown.
  4. Add the chicken and stir until it's cooked. Add a tablespoon or so of water if you think it's getting dry.
  5. Add the sugar, white pepper, and fish sauce. As usual, add teaspoon by teaspoon to make sure you get the flavor combination you like. The pepper flavor should be really prominent, so add until it tingles on your tongue after you try it.
  6. Then serve with rice and sprinkle some cilantro on top to make it pretty. Enjoy!


*Dom loves garlic, which is why I add so much. Add more or less depending on your preference.

You can find white pepper powder at the Asian store, but if you don't have it you can use black pepper.



  • Natalie S.

    This looks really delicious — I love recipes with lots of garlic! I’ll have to try making a tofu version when I get home. Hope everything’s going well in Austin!

    • Sherri Phengchard

      I hope you enjoy it with the tofu! Let me know how it is! Everything is great in Austin, hope you are having an amazing time in Europe 🙂

  • Dawn

    I never knew you had a sister in law!! So cool they’re coming to visit you and meet your baby! 🙂

    • Sherri Phengchard

      Yeah! She is technically Dom’s half-sister, but we like to call her sister. I can’t wait for them to come and get to know her more!