Chicken with black bean sauce recipe

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This chicken with black bean sauce is a delicious Chinese takeaway favourite that you can cook at home in just 20 minutes!

  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories389 Kcal19%
Sugar7.8 g9%
Fat19.2 g27%
Saturated Fat3.3 g17%
Salt0.2 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein38.1 g76%
Carbohydrates11.5 g4%
Salt0.2 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This easy chicken in black bean sauce stir is both delicious and nutritious. 

Our recipe for chicken in black bean sauce is ready in just 20 minutes, contains a third of your recommended iron intake and a portion of veg - it’s the ideal healthy alternative to a classic Chinese takeaway. Serve this chicken in black bean sauce with either rice or noodles, wholegrain if you want to make this dish even healthier, and you’ll have a perfect dinner. For the complete fakeaway experience, whip up some homemade fortune cookies to open before your stir-fry, complete with personalised messages.


  • 400g bellaverde broccoli
  • 30ml/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 60ml/4 tbsp unsalted cashew nuts
  • 4 chicken breast fillets, sliced
  • 2.5cm/1in piece root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
  • 4tbsp/60ml Chinese cooking wine (or dry sherry)
  • 6 tbsp/90ml black bean sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper




  1. To make this chicken breast recipe, wash and prepare the broccoli by trimming a little off the end of each spear. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, add the cashews and stir fry for 1 min or until they are golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the chicken to the wok and stir fry for 5 mins, or until pale golden. Add the broccoli and 3 tbsp water stir fry for a further 1 min, then cover and cook for a further 2 mins.
  3. Remove the lid, stir in the ginger, garlic and onions then stir fry for a further 1 min. Add the wine or sherry and black bean sauce, followed by the cashews. Serve straight away with rice or noodles.

Tips for making easy chicken in black bean sauce:

If your black bean sauce is too watery, add about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for every cup of liquid in the recipe. But don’t go too overboard, otherwise your sauce will be too thick. 

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies