This classic Chinese stir-fry dish is not only delicious, but also very simple to make. Chicken is stir-fried with onions, peppers, and bean sprouts, then served in a garlic and black bean sauce.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
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6 main-dish servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water together in a bowl. Stir in soy sauce, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add chicken; toss to combine. Let stand to marinate, about 20 minutes.

  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add bean sprouts; cook just until blanched, about 30 seconds; drain.

  • Combine 1/4 cup water, oyster sauce, and sugar together in a small bowl.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Add black bean sauce and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook and stir until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add marinated chicken; stir-fry until opaque and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in oyster sauce mixture; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 3 minutes. Stir in bell pepper; cover and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Dissolve 2 teaspoons cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water. Stir in bean sprouts and cornstarch mixture; cook until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

Use any color of bell pepper you prefer for this dish.

Substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce for the 1 tablespoon soy sauce n the marinade, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; protein 23.1g; carbohydrates 8.2g; fat 5g; cholesterol 58.5mg; sodium 848.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe tastes just like what I order from the Chinese restaurant. I did use less chicken and added more veggies (carrots broccoli water chestnuts.) You can do whatever you want with that but the sauce is great. I do like things spicy so next time I will add some crushed red pepper. (I order the same thing made spicy at the restaurant.) Read More