This is one of the easiest and fastest stir fry Chinese dishes I know how to make. For some reason I often make the beef version and then overcook the beef resulting in a chewy dish. You won’t have that problem with chicken. I used some of the trimmings from preparing chicken cutlets and made Panko breaded and baked chicken fingers from the rest.
ETA: I just realized that I’ve posted a version of this recipe, with slight variations, three times (once every year) and always with chicken. I guess I’m getting old and forgetful. Or I just love the dish so much that I want to encourage people to give it a try. Pick your explanation.
The recipe below is a basic one which may be adjusted to the amounts of meat and vegetables (use your favourites) you have or prefer. I didn’t have any peppers so I left them out.
Chicken and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce
Chicken and Veggies in Black Bean Sauce – serves 2-3
1 tbsp vegetable oil
~1/2 pound (200 gm) boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs
1 tbsp black bean sauce, with or without garlic
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin or sake (substitute with about 1 tsp of sugar if you don’t have either)
1/4-1/2 cup water
1/2 medium onion, sliced in thin strips or substitute with 2-3 stalks of green onion, cut 1/4 inch long on the diagonal
1 thumb’s length (~1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped, if black bean sauce doesn’t have any (optional)
1-2 peppers (red, green or yellow)
1-2 stalks broccoli, florettes and stems
salt and ground black pepper, if needed
Other optional protein choices – pork (tenderloin), shrimp or tofu
Thickener for sauce:
1 tbsp cornstarch, 1/4 cup cold water
Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside.
Preparing the vegetables:
Cut the broccoli florettes off the stems, about 1 1/2 inches in length and break up into manageable pieces. Peel stems and cut into planks of about the same length and 1/4-1/2 inch thickness.
Core and seed peppers and slice into same thickness as the broccoli stems
Peel onion, if using, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
Preparing the chicken meat:
Slice chicken into strips 1/4-1/2 inch thick and about 1 1/2 inches long, as with the veggies.
Cooking the dish:
Heat the vegetable oil in a saute pan or wok over medium high heat, add the sliced chicken and cook just until no longer pink. Transfer meat to a bowl and reserve. In the same saute pan, add the sliced onions, ginger and garlic and saute until the onions are no longer translucent.
Add the broccoli and 1/4 cup of water, cover with a lid and let steam for 1 1/2-2 minutes until the broccoli is a bright green but still crunchy. Add the pepper strips and toss through, cooking for another minutes or so.
Return the cooked chicken to the pan, along with the black bean paste, mirin, oyster and soy sauce and stir together.
Stir the cornstarch/water mixture until it’s smooth and pour into the middle of the saute pan. Watch carefully as it bubbles and thickens. Stir the sauce so that it coats the vegetables and meat. If needed add the remaining 1/4 cup of water, or more.
Taste the meat and vegetables adding salt and pepper, if needed. You may also add an additional dash or so of soy sauce.
Serve the chicken and veggies over rice noodles or noodles.