I love chicken in black bean sauce, I always find myself in a restaurant browsing the menu diligently thinking ‘today is the day I try something new’ – but my eyes always settle back to the chicken in black bean sauce.
In an attempt to stop eating out so often and because I know these Chinese dishes are often made using an ocean of oil, I decided to make my own.
This is usually an oh oh situation when it comes to me and cooking and I admit I have tried many failed attempts at making chicken in black bean. Some of the fails include:
Using dried black beans thinking If I add water it would magically be amazing – Nope
Cooking the chicken in the black bean sauce hoping the chicken would absorb the flavor – Nope, the chicken had so much water in it, that the taste was diluted and the chicken dried out.
I am finally posting a successful version 🙂 so what did I do differently.
I cooked the chicken first in a little coconut oil (I’ve only recently started to use coconut oil and it is amazing, for some reason it just stays in the pan never being absorbed)
Drained all the water out and then removed the chicken to prepare the vegetables.
The veg selection was red onion, peppers & carrots
I then added back the chicken, a bottle of Sharwood’s black bean sauce, some salt, pepper & cayenne pepper
Very simple and surprisingly tasty 🙂
It was eaten with a big grin and an exaggerated mmmmmmmmm’s throughout!
- 1 x pack of Chicken Breasts (500g)
- 1 x bottle of Sharwood's Black Bean Stir Fry Sauce (195g)
- Selection of any veg, I used (2 x peppers, 1 x red onion & 2 x carrots)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Pinch of salt, pepper & cayenne pepper
- Half cook the chicken in coconut oil and remove after 5-10minutes
- Throw the chopped veg into the frying pan and cook for 3-5minutes
- Add back the chicken along with the sauce & the seasoning and leave to simmer for 10 minutes (covered)
- Serve with a portion of brown basmati rice or bulgur wheat (45g dry weight)
1 tsp coconut oil is 2 syns
195g of Sharwoods Stir Fry Black Bean sauce is 6.5 syns
Total syns = 8.5 or 4 syns each!
Alternatively you can swap the coconut oil for low calorie spray and then it's just 3 syns each!