Chicken with Black Beans


Chicken with black beans is commonly enjoyed in Malaysian Chinese households. It is a homemade Malaysian dish that's easy to make.

close up view of Chicken with Black Beans, green peppers, carrots, and onions
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cubed

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 (2 inch) pieces fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup fermented black beans, rinsed and mashed

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 4 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 small carrot, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon thick soy sauce


  1. Whisk together light soy sauce, cornstarch, 1 teaspoon sugar, and pepper in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add chicken and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  2. Heat water in a large skillet over medium-high heat until boiling. Quickly stir in chicken mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes; chicken will not be cooked through. Drain water and place chicken on a plate; set aside. Carefully wipe down the skillet.

  3. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Cook and stir ginger and garlic in hot oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Return chicken to the skillet and stir in black beans and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Stir in red and green bell peppers, green onions, carrot, oyster sauce, and thick soy sauce. Cook and stir until heated through, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
7g Fat
13g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 87mg 434%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* 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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