Recipe by Stephen
"A classic Chinese dish, one of my favourites. Serve over a bed of rice."
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toasted sesame oil
garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
black bean sauce
skinless, boneless chicken breast half - cut into cubes
chicken bouillon dissolved in
onion, peeled and sliced
green onions, chopped
green bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons
dark soy sauce
cornstarch dissolved in
chopped fresh cilantro
This dish is delicious! A note for first-time makers: when making the cornstarch & water mixture to thicken the sauce, don't add the cornstarch to HOT water or you will end up with a dish full of glue. Add it to cold water and then stir in to thicken the sauce. This may be common knowledge for some but it wasn't for me!
This recipe turned out waaaaaaaaaaay too salty. I had to use Black Bean with Garlic sauce b/c our store did not carry regular Black Bean sauce. Maybe this was the problem - but 6 tablespoons of that stuff was ALOT. I didn't look at the sodium content before hand and I regretted it - This was almost too salty to be edible.
Just to say that in Chineese cooking there are two types of soy sauce "light and dark". Both are used to add salt to a dish, but the dark soy also adds colour. There is no need to add extra salt to a chineese dish if you use soy sauce. You are just doubling your salt intake. You can also get low sodium soy sauce to reduce your salt intake even more.
I have had this dish in many restaurants, and this recipe ranks high on the list! It was very yummy!! I ran into a problem when adding the cornstarch mixture at the end. I added the whole thing at once and my sauce turned into a blobby mush. I just added some water to thin it back out, and it tasted really good. So next time I make it I don’t think I will add the cornstarch or just a little, because the sauce looked perfect before I added it. I will definitely be making this again, and passing on the recipe!
After reading the reviews. I left out the salt and subbed the bouillon cube for broth. My only other change is that I added shrooms but only because we love them. Very tasty but too salty as written so I am glad I read the reviews and made my changes beforehand.
I followed the recipe exactly , Black bean sauce is salty and then adding salt and salty chicken bouillon made it inedible. I also found the sauce slimy. Luckily I made fried rice and had spring rolls.
This tastes just like the one I had in England! So YUMMY! I didn't add the salt. I added water chestnuts, pea pods, and zucchini. I added most of the corn starch mix, but I did it a little at a time. I will be making this again VERY soon!
Fabulous recipe. Served it at an ethnic dinner club and received several thumbs up. Few small adjustments; substituted 1-2 Tbsp HOT black bean sauce for some regular for more spice, used chicken broth vs. bouillon. I found the bean sauce salty so cut out the salt and used light (vs. dark) soy sauce. Not sure exactly where to find or what to do for 'toasted' seasame oil so used regular seasame oil heated in toaster oven. I'm always nervous to make a recipe for the 1st time for a big groug but it worked great & pretty easy to prepare.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicken with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 113
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