Braised Chicken with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Chichi Wang

Note: Dried fermented black beans can be found in the dried goods sections of most Asian markets.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 5 servings

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  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1/4 cup dried fermented black beans (see note)

  • 3 pounds chicken parts (from about one 4-pound chicken), cut into 2-inch segments with a cleaver or heavy knife

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1 quart vegetable, canola, or peanut oil

  • 1/2 cup Chinese rice wine

  • 2 cups low-sodium homemade or store-bought chicken broth

  • 3 jalapeños, sliced, or a few dried red chili peppers

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

  • 6 scallions, sliced


  1. Mince garlic and fermented black beans together, until you have a mashed-up combination of the two.

  2. Preheat the oil in a wok, Dutch oven, or deep fryer 350°F. Dredge the chicken in the cornstarch. Deep fry chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted strainer. Strain and oil and reserve for another use.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of used oil in a large wok or 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking. Stir-fry the garlic and black bean mixture in the oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the pieces of chicken and continue to stir-fry until the pieces are all evenly coated, about 30 seconds longer.

  4. Add rice wine and stock. Add chilies if using. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. Increase heat to high and cook without a lid until sauce is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Season sauce to taste with salt, pour sauce over chicken, garnish with scallions or cilantro, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
683 Calories
47g Fat
19g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 683
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 725mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)