Chicken and snow peas in black bean sauce

Steve Manfredi

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When cooked properly, the pods retain their bright green colour and just a little crispness, especially when quickly stir-fried in a wok. They are flat with just a hint of the new peas rippling the surface.

Chicken and snow peas in black bean sauce.
Chicken and snow peas in black bean sauce with toasted sesame. Photo: Quentin Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of salted, fermented black beans
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 300g of chicken thighs
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2cm length of ginger
  • 100g of snow peas
  • chillies
  • fish sauce
  • soy sauce
  • cracked pepper
  • sesame oil
  • 1 handful of chopped coriander
  • To serve: sesame seeds, steamed rice and spring onion

Method

Soak 2 tablespoons of salted, fermented black beans in cold water, changing it two or three times to get rid of most of the salt.

Heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a wok until very hot. Add 300g of chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces with an onion cut into wedges, 3 minced cloves of garlic and a thinly sliced, 2cm length of ginger. Stir-fry for 3 minutes then add 100g of trimmed snow peas, some chillies and the drained black beans.

Keep stir-frying for 3 minutes more, then add a few splashes of fish sauce and soy sauce.

Turn down the heat, add a few turns of cracked pepper and stir for a minute. Add a few splashes of sesame oil, turn off the heat and add a handful of chopped coriander.

Serve with steamed rice and finish with toasted sesame seeds and some thinly sliced spring onion.

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  • Main Ingredients - Chicken, Rice
  • Cuisine - Chinese
  • Course - Main-course
  • Occasion - Family meals, Midweek dinner

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  • This recipe is awesome! I hunted everywhere for fermented black beans and eventually decided to cook this dish without them. The flavour of lots of ginger and chili just elevated this to spicy, hot heaven without searing the skin from my mouth. Perfection. Definitely will be making this again.

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    Corinneski
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    April 28, 2014, 10:09PM

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