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Black Bean Chicken is, perhaps, my favorite stir fry dish! The black beans give the chicken a wonderful nutty taste. Fast and easy to make, this can also be made with firm tofu so it's a delicious vegetarian dish. :) You can get fermented Chinese black beans in either sauce or whole bean form. This is an adapted recipe from Cooking Light, January 2004.
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- 1/4 cup black bean sauce or 1/3 cup chinese fermented black beans
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- toasted sesame oil (just a couple of splashes will do)
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced (or more to taste)
- 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium type preferred)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar, to taste
- 4 cups small broccoli florets or 3 cups shelled edamame soybeans
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry (NOT cooking sherry)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion (scallions)
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1If using fermented beans in whole bean form, place the beans in a bowl and cover with warm water. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well.
- 2Cut the chicken breasts into thin, 1/4-inch strips. This can be done easier if the breasts are partially frozen, by the way, but it can be done while they’re thawed, as well. Do cut them into the strips rather than chunks, as black bean chicken tastes completely different if chunks are used (as I know from experience).
- 3In a large, nonstick skillet or wok (ones that have a cover) over medium-high temperature, heat the oils together. Add the onion and garlic and sauté while stirring for 30 seconds to flavor the oil.
- 4Add bean sauce or whole beans and sauté for 10 seconds.
- 5Stir in the broth, soy sauce, and sugar and bring to a boil.
- 6Add the broccoli or edamame (I prefer the edamame, but that’s just because I’m not that fond of broccoli) and the chicken strips and bring to a boil again. Cover, reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the chicken is done and no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
- 7In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and sherry.
- 8Uncover the cooking vegetables and chicken and gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture to the liquid in the pan. Allow to cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. (You don’t want lumps.).
- 9Add toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion and stir, cooking until green onion is just heated through, about 1 minute.
- 10Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and salt (careful with the salt) and serve with rice or Asian noodles, and enjoy!
- 11Note: if you’re using fermented beans in whole bean form, and you’ll want to soak only the amount called for in the recipe. Left over fermented black beans keep really well in the refrigerator for up to about 6 months.
- 12Note #2: please know that cooking sherry and regular sherry are *not* the same! Cooking sherry contains added salt and sometimes other ingredients. Generally, it’s preferable – to me, at least - to have the control over your recipes by adding individual ingredients yourself.
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Nutritional Facts for Black Bean Chicken
Serving Size: 1 (354 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 288.4
- Calories from Fat 97
- Total Fat 10.8 g
- Saturated Fat 2.0 g
- Cholesterol 72.6 mg
- Sodium 1507.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 16.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
- Sugars 4.5 g
- Protein 30.8 g
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