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Chicken stir-fry with black beans

Antony Worrall Thompson / 10 May 2016

Chinese food offers lots of flavours, but very little fat. In fact, along with the Mediterranean diet, it is one we could learn a few tips from.

Chicken stir fry
Chicken stir fry

Cooking time

10 minutes




  • 1 egg white
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 tablespoon groundnut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2.5cm fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • Pinch of dried red chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black beans, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/2 red pepper, seeded and cut into diamonds
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, seeded and cut into diamonds
  • 125ml chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-salt dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 75g sugar-snap peas
  • 4 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal


Lightly beat the egg white in a non-metallic bowl with half the cornflour. Add the chicken, cover with clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes (this is called velveting).

Place 300ml water in a pan and bring to the boil. Stir the chicken and then remove from the bowl with a slotted spoon.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the chicken, stirring to prevent it from sticking together, then return to the heat and cook for 1 1/2 minutes or until the chicken is white and just tender. 

Drain on kitchen paper. Heat a wok and swirl in the oil. 

Add the garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and black beans and stir-fry for 15 seconds, then add the carrot and stir-fry for 1 minute. 

Stir in the cooked chicken and the peppers. Pour in the stock, then add the soy sauce, vinegar and sugar, stirring to combine. 

Increase the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the sugar-snap peas and spring onions and cook for 2 minutes. Mix the remaining cornflour with 1 tablespoon water and stir into the wok. 

Cook for a minute or so until the sauce clears and thickens. Serve at once with steamed rice.

Per serving:

289 kcals, 5g fat , 1g saturated fat , 22g carbohydrate, 0.95g sodium


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