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Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
4.95 from 17 votes

Chicken in Black Bean Sauce

A very tasty homemade stir-fried Chicken in Black Bean Sauce recipe. This restaurant-style chicken dish is so flavorful and very easy to make. The chicken is tender and seasoned with the most distinct Hunanese seasoning, a black bean sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Hunan
Servings 4
Calories 422 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken thighs


Stir Fry:

  • ¾ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 3 scallions, (chopped, white and light green for stir fry, dark green for serving)
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil , (divided)
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 4 tablespoon Chinese fermented black beans, (also known as Chinese Douchi)
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine, (or use dry sherry)
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil




    • Cut the chicken into small bite pieces, around ⅜ inch.
    • Soak the fermented beans in hot water for 15-30 minutes and rinse them a few times.
    • Place the chicken in a bowl, marinate with low-sodium soy sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and corn starch. Let it marinate for 30 minutes if possible.

    Cook the Diced Bell Peppers:

    • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or non-stick skillet over high heat. Cook the green and red bell pepper until slightly cooked but still crisp. Remove from the wok and set aside.

    Cook the Chicken:

    • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or non-stick skillet over high heat. Cook the chicken thighs and stir fry for about 2 minutes, then add garlic, ginger and continue stir-frying until fragrant.

    Stir Fry the Remaining Ingredients:

    • Add the black beans into the wok, stir fry until you can smell them, return the peppers into the wok.
    • Add Shaoxing wine and stir to combine. Add chopped scallions (white and light green parts only). Continue cooking until the chicken meat is fully cooked.
    • Adjust seasoning with salt or soy sauce or add spiciness by adding a pinch of dried pepper flakes if needed.
    • Add chopped scallions (green part only) and sesame oil stir to combine. Turn off the heat and transfer a plate. Serve and enjoy!


    Shaoxing wine is available at Asian grocers or select Kroger/Ralph’s stores. I bought the cooking wine from my local Asian store for about $1.99-$3.99/ bottle. 
    Dark soy sauce is available at Asian grocers or select Kroger/Ralph’s, Vons, Walmart, or Target stores. 
    Fermented Black Beans are available at Asian grocers, Atlas market or online at Amazon.com.These fermented dried beans are hard and chewy. They must be rinsed and soaked before using.
    Please keep in mind that fermented black beans are not the same thing as black bean sauce.  Black bean sauce comes from fermented black soybeans. The sauce is very salty and sweet. 


    Calories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 24gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1238mgPotassium: 381mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1156IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, Black Bean Chicken, Chinese Chicken with Black Bean Sauce
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