Quick Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

As far as I am concerned if I need a quick dinner then a stir fry is the way to go and this super quick chicken with black bean sauce recipe is done in 15 minutes!

Two bowls of chicken with black bean sauce with red peppers and carrots served in an Asian bowl decorated with a red flower

Super Quick Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.

It has been an eternity since I have done a quick chicken stir fry like this chicken with black bean sauce on Krumpli.

They are however a frequent occurrence in our kitchen with one variety or another produced at least once a week.

In fact, this recipe has knocked my former favourite, kung pao chicken from the top spot of my favourites!

I’m certainly not averse to spending hours in the kitchen but sometimes there just aint the time. For me that means a stir fry, you can knock up this black bean chicken recipe in 15 minutes.

Leaving just enough time to cook up some Jasmine rice to serve it on.

It is definitely quicker than waiting for the delivery dude to turn up.

Chicken in black bean sauce served in an Asian style bowl in profile against a dark background

The Black Bean Sauce.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the black bean sauce in this recipe, it is from a jar, shock of all shocks.

Not something I usually do and making homemade black bean and garlic sauce is really rather easy.

It is just a combination of fermented black beans, garlic, ginger and spring onions cooked in water and thickened.

However, as much as I am a “from scratch” cook these dishes are never usually planned and are thrown together when the day gets away from you.

So no there ain’t no time to knock up a batch of sauce because I want a Chinese fakeaway black bean chicken.

I want to open the jar and go, this whole recipe is about 15 minutes of chopping and cooking and then sitting down and eating.

In all fairness, a good jar of black bean sauce is often better than homemade and I use it quite often. 

Another favourite recipe is my Ham Hock braised in Black Bean Sauce.

Square image of chicken with black bean sauce in an Asian style bowl sat on a dark table top with red chopsticks.

How to Cooking a Fakeaway at Home.

I always bang the drum that cooking is easy and this recipe doubles down on that!

There are no techniques to learn here, just take your time with the chopping. Most importantly use a sharp knife!

You will be more likely to hurt yourself with a blunt knife as you have to add more pressure.

If you are new here… Helloooooo… If you are not then sorry I am repeating myself again.

If you want a successful stir fry, make sure that you do ALL of your preparation in advance. 

You simply have no time to prepare anything once your wok is hot!

tall image of a black bean chicken stir fry in a bowl decorated with a red flower and red chopsticks.
Quick Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

Quick Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  • 250g Chicken Breast
  • 1 Tsp Cornflour
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 75 g Onion
  • 75 g Red Pepper
  • 75 g Carrot
  • 1 Spring Onion
  • 75 g Black Bean Sauce
  • 1 Chili pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 50ml Water


  1. Butterfly and slice the chicken into thin slices around 2.5 cm long.
  2. Cut the onion into 8 wedges, the red pepper into strips 3-5mm wide and 20mm long and the carrot into strips the same size as the pepper.
  3. Finely slice the spring onion and the chili pepper.
  4. Mix together the soy sauce, water, rice wine, sugar and cornflour and add to the sliced chicken for a few minutes.
  5. Prepare the vegetables as per the instructions above.
  6. Heat your wok over a high heat and when shimmering add the cooking oil.
  7. Afterwards throw in the onion, carrot and chili and stir fry for 60 seconds, 
  8. Then add your peppers and stir fry for another 60 seconds.
  9. Now add the chicken with marinade and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Finally add in the sauce and stir to coat adding a little water if required to let this down.
  11. Cook for a further 60 seconds and serve sprinkled with the spring onion.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 859mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 42g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

8 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. 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.

  2. Gasp! You used a jar sauce?! 😀 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.

    • 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 😮 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*!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.


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