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Black bean garlic paste has this salty-spicy-sweet quality that enhances the flavor of a lot of Asian dishes. Basically, this paste or sauce is made from fermented beans AKA Douchi, soy sauce, and garlic. It is one of my favorite ingredients especially for flavoring the sauce of my dish. So, whenever I visit my neighborhood Asian supermarket, I always make sure that I pick up a jar or two and the brand that I always use is Lee Kum Kee.

 

Just an FYI on Douchi — black beans became black beans not because they started with black beans to turn it into black beans but the process of fermentation turn the soybeans into black beans. I did not use the word black beans too many times, did I? Now, let’s talk about green beans. Okay, just kidding. Let’s just eat!

 

Green Beans & Chicken with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1/4 lb green beans - cut in 1 inch long
  2. 1/2 onion - sliced in half inch thick
  3. 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  4. 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  5. 2 to 3 dried chilli peppers
  6. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil


  8. Chicken and Marinade:
  9. 1 lb Chicken Breast - cut in 1 inch cubes
  10. 2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  11. 1 teaspoon Sherry
  12. 2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  13. 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

  14. Sauce Ingredients:
  15. 1 cup Chicken Broth
  16. 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  17. 1 1/2 Tablespoon Black Bean Sauce w/ garlic
  18. 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  19. 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  20. 2 teaspoon Cornstarch added to 1 Tablespoon Water (sauce thickener) - whisked

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a bowl, combine cut chicken, soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, and vegetable oil.
  2. Mix until chicken is fully coated.
  3. Set aside in a fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl except the water/cornstarch mixture.
  5. Whisk until all ingredients are fully combined. Set aside.
  6. Place wok over high heat.
  7. Add 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, then swirl the wok around and side to side.
  8. When the wok is very hot, add green beans then stir fry for 2 minutes.
  9. Add Chilli peppers and onions then stir fry for 1 minute.
  10. Transfer in a bowl then set aside.
  11. Return wok over high heat.
  12. Add 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil.
  13. When the oil is hot, add chicken and garlic.
  14. Stir fry until chicken is opaque.
  15. Gather and set chicken to the side of the wok.
  16. Add sauce and let it boil.
  17. Return chicken and vegetables.
  18. Let it boil.
  19. Add water/cornstarch mixture.
  20. Let is boil until sauce thickens.
  21. Serve with rice.
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45 Comments → “Green Beans & Chicken with Black Bean Garlic Sauce”

  1. The photos are making my mouth water…I would definitely ask for a 2nd helping of rice.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you Angie! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! :)

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  2. mjskit Identicon Icon mjskit

    2 years ago

    This looks amazing! I love black bean sauce but I haven’t used it much. I think I have a jar buried in the back of the fridge. Just bought some fresh green beans, so I’m all set. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for dropping by MJ! :) I love the video that you made on lemon preserves.

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  3. Terrific recipe, Chef Ray ! So healthy, nutritious yet so yummy ! I want some right now !

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for compliment and thank you for re tweeting this post, Elizabeth!

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  4. That is one amazing recipe Ray
    I love the colors and flavors..can I make it without the wok? I sadly don’t have one

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the compliment, Sawsan! Any wide and a bit deeper pan would work. You don’t have to use a wok. I am the only one required to use wok because it’s in the title of my blog. :)

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  5. Jun Belen Identicon Icon Jun Belen

    2 years ago

    Black bean paste is a staple in our pantry, too. Stir fries just pop when a little black bean paste is added. Love the vibrant colors of your dish, Ray. Hope you’re having a great weekend. And thank you, by the way, for the #FF love over in Twitter.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Jun! I hope you are having a great weekend too!

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  6. Raymund Identicon Icon Raymund

    2 years ago

    Honestly until I read this post I thought black beans were really black.
    Great recipe I feel like I want some rice bowl now.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thanks Raymund. I hope you are enjoying your weekend! :)

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  7. Sissi Identicon Icon Sissi

    2 years ago

    Ray, I love this simple, yet so appetizing and colourful dish. Your photos are as always outstanding and I must say I can’t stop admiring the beautiful and elegant bowls. They are exactly my kind of tableware.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      These bowls are my collections for my food photography hobby. They are very inexpensive and bought from bargain stores. Thank you very much for your kind words, Sissi. :)

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  8. This has to be the best umami flavor in a bowl, Ray, and spicy too! I like using dried chillies as well, they’re the best to give the oomph. Your photos, ahh, they make me sigh….with hunger :-).

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Well, your food photos and your styling make my jaws drop in admiration, Maya! I hope you are enjoying the rest of your weekend. :)

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  9. peachkins Identicon Icon peachkins

    2 years ago

    green beans is one of my favorite veggies! I have to look for that black bean sauce at the grocery…

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  10. Really? I thought black bean sauce means “black bean” sauce…. thanks for educating me. What a delicious meal. I love black bean sauce (even though I didn’t now the origin). I would definitely need two bowls of rice, please. ;-) I always love your photos…

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the nice compliment, Nami! :)

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  11. Chicken and green beans are my favorite…and you just combined them into such a very flavorful dish! Thumbs up to you!
    And tnx for the black beans info Ray! I didn’t know that. :)

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  12. Sadhana Identicon Icon Sadhana

    2 years ago

    Would love to try this without the chicken and replace it with cauliflower. The sauce sounds very interesting.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Cauliflower should work and I think it’s a good idea, Sadhana! Thank you for dropping by.

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  13. Juliana Identicon Icon Juliana

    2 years ago

    Ray, I love black bean sauce…love that you used chicken and green beans…yes, I just need a big bowl of rice to go with it. Beautiful pictures as always.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you very much, Juliana! Always appreciate your nice comments. :)

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  14. Manu Identicon Icon Manu

    2 years ago

    Guess what??? I have been looking for a good stir fry recipe like this one! I have been feeling a lot like eating chicken stir fries and my girls love them too… which for me means a quick and healthy dinner for everyone! :-) I am going to try this as soon as I get some black bean sauce with garlic!

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Manu! I hope you like it.

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  15. Kristen Identicon Icon Kristen

    2 years ago

    I always wondered about black beans in Asian cooking. Thanks for explaining. That dish looks absolutely delicious!

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  16. Jessica Identicon Icon Jessica

    2 years ago

    This is such a great dish for any day! I love black bean garlic sauce. Sometimes I think I would enjoy it on anything! You have such beautiful photos. And I love those red chili peppers you added!

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words, Jessica! Have a great weekend! :)

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  17. Greg Identicon Icon Greg

    2 years ago

    This is just beautiful. So colorful. Great recipe.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thanks, Greg. Have a great weekend! :)

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  18. chef_d Identicon Icon chef_d

    2 years ago

    Yummy! Your pictures always make me hungry!

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Thanks, Chef! I appreciate your compliment. :)

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  19. “neighborhood Asian supermarket” As if. I wish we had something like that. If it’s not in the “International aisle” of our big chain market, we don’t get it. That’s a bummer too, because it sounds like the ultimate Asian condiment to use. Which is a bummer because your dish is gorgeous.

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Hi Christiane, I am sorry about you not having access to this sauce and that’s not fair. Email me your address and I will be happy to send you one. Thank you for the compliment. :)

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  20. I like black beans as it makes the sauce so tasty. Your green beans and chicken dish looks fantastic! Need lots of rice to go with this dish! Love the pictures too!

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      2 years ago

      Black beans sauce comes very handy when it comes to enhancing the sauce of dish. Thank you for the compliment, Biren! :)

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  21. Luciana Identicon Icon Luciana

    2 years ago

    Great recipe and beautiful photos!

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  22. Kristi Rimkus Identicon Icon Kristi Rimkus

    2 years ago

    Ray – your pictures are truly fantastic! I have fresh beans in the garden that I’m tired of steaming, so I’ve saved this recipe. I have everything I need but the black bean sauce. Wonderful!

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  23. Nancy Identicon Icon Nancy

    10 months ago

    Maybe I’m missing something but I have to
    ask you this to be sure..When you say Black
    Bean sauce with garlic are you meaning Black
    Bean Paste?? What does the Black Bean Sauce
    with Garlic consist of??

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    • Ray Identicon Icon Ray

      10 months ago

      Hi Nancy,

      It is actually a Black Bean Sauce in a jar with garlic already. I have a sample for you here from Lee Kum Kee. Thank you for asking and I hope it helps. :)

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