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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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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