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Stir Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce (豉汁干葱爆鸡球)

This stir fried chicken dish uses a simple and rich black bean sauce with tons of herbs to bring out the best flavor of the chicken.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2
Calories: 529kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu



  • 1 (270 grams / 9 oz.) boneless chicken breast (or boneless chicken leg), cubed
  • 1 tablespoon Japanese sake
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Japanese sake
  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper , freshly grounded


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger , minced
  • 4 cloves garlic , sliced
  • 1 (200 grams / 7 oz.) big shallot , minced (or onion)
  • Green onion or cilantro for garnish (Optional)


  • Combine chicken breast, Japanese sake, potato starch, and salt in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
  • Chop and prepare veggies and herbs.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Spread chicken in the skillet without overlapping. Let cook for 30 seconds without stirring. Separate the chicken with a spatula (it might stick together due to the potato starch). Cook until the bottom side turns slightly golden. Flip and stir chicken to cook other sides, until the surface is cooked but the inside is still a bit pink. Immediately transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and turn to medium heat. Add ginger, garlic and shallots. Cook until shallots begin to turn soft, 30 seconds. Add sauce. Give it a quick stir. Add chicken back into the skillet. Stir and cook until the sauce thickens, 1 minute. Immediately transfer everything to a plate.
  • Serve warm over steamed rice.


Serving: 293g | Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 43.1g | Fat: 24.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 9.1g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.1mg