Chicken with black bean sauce recipe

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  • Healthy
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 10 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 389 kCal 19%
Fat 19.2g 27%
  -  Saturates 3.3g 17%
Carbohydrates 11.5g 19%
  -  of which Sugars 7.8g 9%
Protein 38.1g 76%
Salt 0.2g 3%
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  • 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


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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