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Chicken with Black Bean Sauce 15 Minute Fakeaway

Chinese chicken with black bean sauce is a takeout favourite, my version is quick, convenient & delicious and takes just over 15 minutes.

Almost all of that time is prep work, essential in any good stir fry and all of that preparation can be done hours in advance!

Chinese chicken with black bean sauce serve in a white bowl with rice and red chopsticks.

Super Quick Chinese Chicken Stir Fry.

Quick takeout-fakeout recipes are no stranger here on krumpli, this Chinese chicken with black bean sauce is in good company.

Whether it be my Szechuan chicken, mushroom chow mein or stir-fried black pepper beef, I love ’em!

Now I’m certainly not averse to spending hours in the kitchen! But sometimes there just ain’t the time or the will to do so!

For me, that means a stir fry, you can knock up this black bean chicken recipe in 15 minutes.

That does mean relying on jarred sauces but that is not a bad thing, they exist for this very purpose.

Blinging them up with a bit of oyster sauce, soy sauce and rice wine really does add an extra complexity and deliciousness to this recipe.

If you are looking for a beef in black bean sauce recipe, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too!

Close up Chinese chicken with black bean sauce serve in a white bowl with rice.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What brand of black bean sauce do you use?

I typically use Lee Kum Ke brand, they have both a black bean sauce and black bean sauce with garlic.

I use the one with garlic in my Ham Hock braised in Black Bean Sauce recipe, they are pretty much interchangeable, although the one with garlic means you can scale back the garlic in this recipe. If you wish of course!

Does it really cook that quickly?

Yes! But you most have your wok hot, fiercely hot.

It should shimmer and almost smoke before you add the oil. Most importantly, you must keep it hot throughout the cooking process.

It is also important to cut your ingredients properly, if you increase the sizes, they will take longer to cook. This in turn will lead to your ingredients stewing rather than frying.

Be sure to check the chicken has reached 73°C or 165°F before serving.

Is the chilli essential?

No not at all, it can be skipped if you are a chilli-phobe. I personally like the addition but it in no way defines the recipe.

Overhead Chinese chicken with black bean sauce serve in a white bowl with rice.

Serving Sugggestions.

You could call me a lazy cook, this Chinese chicken with black bean sauce gets served most often with plain rice, like so many of my stir fry recipes.

This is because it is so convenient! I can put the pan on to cook the rice before I start cooking and it just works out perfectly on timing.

If I am trying a little harder then I will make either egg fried rice or soy sauce noodles.

If I am looking to up the veggie consumption then I would add stir fried broccoli or even stir fried asparagus.

Chicken with black bean sauce serve in a white bowl with rice and spring onions.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions please mention them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Wok.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • 2 small-medium mixing bowls.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
Chinese chicken with black bean sauce serve in a white bowl with rice and spring onions.
Yield: 2 Servings

Chicken with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

A quick stir fry fakeaway is always welcome and this super quick chicken stir fry recipe is a fantastic frugal alternative to delivery!


  • 300g (10oz) Boneless Chicken Thigh
  • 1 Tsp Cornflour
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Wine
  • ½ Tsp Sugar
  • 75g (½ Cup) Onion
  • 1 Small Green Pepper (125-150g)
  • 75g (½-⅔ Cup) Carrot
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Red Chilli Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Black Bean Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1½ Tbsp Water
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • Spring Onions for Garnish


  1. Cut the chicken thighs into slices 5-6mm (¼") thick and across the thigh.
  2. Mix the soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and cornflour and add the sliced chicken, mix well and set aside.
  3. Top and tail the onion and cut it into 8 wedges.
  4. Deseed the pepper and cut it into strips 2-3mm (⅛") wide and 3-4cm (1¼-1¾") long.
  5. Cut the carrot into batons 2-3mm (⅛") in profile and 3-4cm (1¼-1¾") long.
  6. Peel the garlic cloves and slice them as finely as you can.
  7. Cut the chilli pepper in half lengthways, deseed and then cut into batons as finely as you can.
  8. Mix the black bean sauce, oyster sauce and water and set aside.
  9. Just before you begin to cook remove the chicken form the marinade.
  10. Heat a wok over high heat and when shimmering add the cooking oil.
  11. Add the garlic, chilli, onions, carrots and pepper and stir fry over a fierce heat for 2 minutes.
  12. Throw in the chicken and stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  13. Finally, add in the sauce and reserved marinade and cook for a final 1-2 minutes


Garnish with lots of sliced spring onions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 1200mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 39g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Saturday 30th of December 2023

Loved this recipe although I was a little bit confused with the water as the ingredients only mentions water once but it is used for both the marinade and the sauce so I wasn't sure how much I should use for each? The recipe also mentions adding spring onions at the end which would have been nice but they weren't listed on the ingredients list and so I missed getting these. Overall though this recipe turned out really well and was very pleased with the end result thank you 😊


Sunday 7th of January 2024

@Brian Jones,

Thank you so much it's a wonderful recipe I was just a little confused with the water but all sorted now thank you 😊 It's probably not essential but I do feel the spring onions would have added a nice touch to this particular recipe 😀

Brian Jones

Sunday 31st of December 2023

Hey Pippa...

Thanks for the feedback, I've fixed the water issue, it was an over sight whilst I was tweaking this recipe... I don't usually list my garnishes in my ingredient list, and now you have got me thinking that I should??? with 700+ recipes I better get started 🤣

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Friday 15th of September 2017

This sounds great! And I love those jars that help get dinner on the table quickly. I don't blame you one bit! Hope your car feels better soon.

Brian Jones

Monday 18th of September 2017

Thanks Katie, the car is peachy, the bank balance seems to have caught the dreaded disease now though ;)


Friday 15th of September 2017

Gasp! You used a jar sauce?! :D This looks so much better than takeaway. And it definitely would be faster making this than waiting for the delivery guy to sit through London traffic. A perfect recipe to keep on hand for those days we need a quick dinner.

Brian Jones

Monday 18th of September 2017

I know right?! I reckon London was one of the fastest place I lived for takeaways thanks to the somewhat suicidal delivery drivers, that was however nearly 20 years ago :o There was a burger joint in Soho that used to do lunch devilries and it was not unusual seeing their delivery drivers on roller skate hanging off the hand rail of London buses *eek*!

Jane Saunders

Friday 15th of September 2017

I totally get that feeling of needing a few quick fixes along the way, so no judging from me on using a jar of sauce. You've also added to that sauce with so many lovely extra liquid ingredients that you can get away with it. I need to revamp my stirfry repertoire and I have been struggling since I don't stock much in the way of jar sauces, but as I'm about to hit a good supermarket today you've convinced me to take a browse and add a couple of basics back into my storecupboard.

Brian Jones

Monday 18th of September 2017

I don't use them often but they can be a real lifesaver, particularly with recipes like this that are meant to be inherently fast... You could of course batch make up black bean sauce and can or freeze which would serve just as good a purpose.


Friday 15th of September 2017

Great timing, our car is also coming down with "car flu" and I am envisioning a long day. This recipe will do very well and I will be grabbing a black bean canned sauce on my way back.

Brian Jones

Monday 18th of September 2017

YOu have my condolences, car flu is traumatic, particularly when the bill arrives ;)

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