zucchini chicken with black bean sauce cooking recipe

This zucchini chicken with garlic and black bean sauce recipe is one of my daughter's favorite home-style Chinese dishes.  It is so easy to make and goes well with rice.  The thick, tasty garlic and black bean sauce is absorbed by the chicken and zucchini.  I remember the girls just enjoying the rice and sauce on its own.   I usually use skinless chicken thighs that have been cut into bite size chunks.  I find that due to the simmering of the chicken and zucchini for an extended period, white chicken meat such as chicken breast gets a little tough!  I also add some sliced water chestnuts for a little "crunch" in the dish.  I use a black bean sauce that already has garlic.  However, I do add additional fresh garlic in my dish.


TIPS

Because the black bean sauce contains a fair amount of salt, I have removed the need for salt that is in the basic Chinese marinade  that can be used with any meat for this recipe and substituted it with the black bean sauce.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces

1 lb zucchini (or as much vegetables you'd like) cut into 1/2" pieces

Sliced water chestnuts (optional)

2 Tbsp oil for frying

1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic

1/2 cup water


Marinade:

1-2 Tbsp black bean sauce

1/4 tsp white pepper

1/4 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp whiskey

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp sesame oil




Blackbean sauce for Zucchini Chicken with blackbean sauce recipe
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Mix the chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients
  • Let marinate for at least 1/2 an hour
Marinate chicken with Chinese marinade ingredients for blakcbean sauce zucchini and chicken recipe
  • Preheat oil in a saucepan
  • Add garlic
caramelize garlic with black bean sauce

Caramelize garlic with black bean sauce before adding chicken

  • Add marinated chicken pieces and brown.  Do not discard chicken marinade.  This will be added later.
  • Add zucchini pieces
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the leftover marinade, stir and add it to the chicken.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until zucchini is soft.
  • You can add sliced water chestnuts if you like a little "crunch" in your dish.
  • Enjoy with steamed rice.
zucchini chicken with black bean sauce cooking recipe

ZUCCHINI CHICKEN WITH GARLIC BLACK BEAN SAUCE

Michelle Sam
Chinese homestyle zucchini chicken with garlic black bean sauce is an quick and easy comfort food. Delicious with rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 367 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 453 grams chicken thighs cut into bit sized pieces
  • 453 grams zucchini cut diagonally in ½ inch pieces
  • sliced water chestnuts optional
  • 2 Tbsp oil for frying
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic

Marinade

    Basic meat marinade

    Instructions
     

    • Mix the chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients
    • Let marinate for at least 1/2 an hour
    • Preheat oil in a saucepan
    • Add garlic
    • Add marinated chicken pieces and brown.  Do not discard chicken marinade.  This will be added later.
    • Add zucchini pieces
    • Add ½ cup water to the leftover marinade, stir and add it to the chicken.
    • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until zucchini is soft.
    • You can add sliced water chestnuts if you like a little "crunch" in your dish.
    • Enjoy with steamed rice.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 4peopleCalories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 21gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 484mgPotassium: 545mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 315IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword black bean sauce, chicken, chinese cooking, cooking recipe, easy chinese comfort food recipe, fresh garlic, zucchini, zucchini chicken with garlic black bean sauce
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