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Asparagus & Chicken In Black Bean Sauce

Prep Time: Minutes
Cook Time: Minutes
Serves:6 Servings

Nutritional Information

Kick your chicken and asparagus up a notch with this unique recipe. A Chinese black bean sauce with hints of garlic, brown sugar and soy sauce works to create the perfect marinade and sauce for your chicken. Try it at your next dinner party!


  • 2 Chicken Thighs
  • 12 medium Asparagus Spears
  • 3 tbsp Peanut or Corn Oil
  • 1 tbsp Dry Sherry
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tsp Thin Soy Sauce
  • 1 pinch Sugar
  • 2 tsp Fermented black beans
  • 3 Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Black Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • Cornstarch Paste (as thickener)


  • 1. Marinating:
  • 2. With sharp paring knife, scrape chicken meat from thigh; slice into thin strips across the grain. (Breast meat is not preferred for this dish, as meat is too dry and spongy.) Combine sherry, soy, cornstarch and sugar in bowl; massage liquid into meat with your fingers. Marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 3. Preparation:
  • 4. Wash asparagus; peel tough white outer skin off ends; slice on diagonal in 2 1/2" sections. Rinse fermented black beans.
  • 5. In a bowl, combine and mash black beans and garlic, brown sugar, black soy sauce and chicken stock; stir; reserve for 15 minutes.
  • 6. Stir-Frying:
  • 7. Add 2/3 of oil to hot wok; when oil is very hot, add chicken. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes on high heat - or until chicken begins to shrink and firm up. Remove chicken to holding bowl. Reheat wok to high, add remaining oil.
  • 8. When oil is hot, add black bean sauce. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add asparagus; mix with sauce. Stir sauce with asparagus. When sauce boils, add cooked chicken; toss to combine. Dribble in a little cornstarch paste if needed; cornstarch in chicken marinade might be enough.
  • 9. Toss ingredients until very little liquid remains and is reduced to glaze. Dish is ready when asparagus brightens. If you still have too much liquid, remove ingredients, continue to reduce sauce, then return ingredients to coat them with sauce
  • 10. Serve in individual portions.

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