Chicken in Black Bean Sauce


Chicken in black bean sauce is delicious and simple to make at home for a restaurant-style Chinese stir-fry dish with lots of garlic, bell peppers, and bean sprouts.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins



  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced

  • 1 cup bean sprouts


  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons black bean sauce with garlic

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 onion, finely sliced

  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. To make the marinade: Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water in a bowl; stir in light soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Add chicken; toss to combine. Set aside to marinate for 20 minutes.

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

  3. Combine 1/4 cup water, oyster sauce, and sugar together in a small bowl; set aside.

  4. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Add black bean sauce and chopped garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion; cook and stir until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Add chicken and marinade mixture; stir-fry until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in oyster sauce mixture; cook until heated through. Cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in bell pepper; cover and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  6. 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.


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 410mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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