Mark’s Famous Pepper Chicken

Mar's Famous Keto Pepper Chicken
Mar's Famous Keto Pepper Chicken

Bless his socks, this is what Funnyman makes me when I need a night off from cooking and he isn’t treating me with his Lamb Ribs (…that man loves his black pepper!) He has perfected it over the years and has implemented little tricks that I shared with him (like the importance of a meat thermometer probe), so I simply love it! There isn’t much to it, its chicken thighs covered in (it’s body weight of) freshly ground black pepper prior to cooking. A quick fry on the skin-side down to speed up the crisping of the fat, then it’s finished in the oven, skin-side up (an optional step). The accompanying sauce is a mix of mayo and Sriracha and I have included it in the macros because that’s how we enjoy it. If you prefer a ‘stricter / cleaner’ keto dip, simply stir homemade chili paste into your homemade mayo. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)

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Carbs 2g | Fat 47g | Protein 29g
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Mark's Famous Pepper Chicken

Chicken thighs with super-crispy skin covered in loads of black pepper and served with a Sriracha-mayo. Coming in at 2g carbs per serving (1 large chicken thigh per person - including Sriracha-mayo 'dip').
Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Per serving

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 47g


  • 4 large chicken thighs, skin-on
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp lard
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) mayonnaise
  • 30 g (1.1 oz) Sriracha
  • pink Himalayan salt, or sea salt flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven). This is 200°C for conventional ovens (or 400°F / gas mark 6).
  • Generously grind fresh black pepper on all sides of the chicken thighs.
  • Melt the lard in a pan and brown the chicken skin-side down until golden and crispy. Transfer the chicken to a tray (skin-side up) and probe the thickest part of one of the thighs with a meat thermometer probe. This step is optional, you could also simply pop it straight into the oven (skin side-up).
  • Cook in the oven until the thermometer reads 72°C / 160°F, approximately 30-35 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix the mayonnaise and the Sriracha in a small bowl.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and season with pink Himalayan salt or sea salt flakes. Serve with the Sriracha-mayo. Heavenly…

Watch the video (... with blooper reel!)

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         550Kcal / 2301kJ
Fat                                 47g
Carbohydrates               2g
Protein                           29g


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