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Chicken with Black Bean Sauce (豆豉鷄)

Chicken with Black Bean Sauce (豆豉鷄)

豆豉鷄, or Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, is a savory and aromatic dish commonly found in Chinese cuisine. This dish features tender pieces of chicken stir-fried with pungent fermented black beans and a variety of seasonings, creating a deeply flavorful and satisfying meal. Here’s a recipe to make Chicken with Black Bean Sauce at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Chicken:

  • 500 g boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans rinsed and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water


Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a bowl, mix the chicken pieces with soy sauce, cornstarch, and sesame oil. Let it marinate for about 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and chicken broth. Set aside.

Stir-Fry the Chicken:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Add the marinated chicken and stir-fry until it’s cooked through and lightly browned. Remove from the wok and set aside.

Cook the Aromatics:

  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the wok. Sauté garlic, ginger, and fermented black beans for about a minute until fragrant.

Add Vegetables:

  • Add the chopped onion and bell pepper to the wok. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes.


  • Pour the Shaoxing wine into the wok, stirring to deglaze the pan.

Combine Chicken and Sauce:

  • Return the cooked chicken to the wok. Stir in the prepared sauce.

Thicken the Sauce:

  • Add the cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) to the wok. Stir continuously until the sauce thickens.


  • Once everything is well combined, and the sauce has thickened, remove from heat.
  • Serve your Chicken with Black Bean Sauce hot with steamed rice or noodles.

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