Chinese Chicken With Leeks and Black Beans
You can find fermented black beans (dow see) at an Asian specialty market. This recipe comes from "Three Great Cuisines" by Jeff Smith, also known as "The Frugal Gourmet."
- Ready In:
- 3⁄4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut julienne
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chinese rice wine or 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1⁄2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
For the stir fry
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine (or crushed)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon fermented black beans, rinsed (dow see)
- 4 cups leeks, cleaned and cut into thin disks
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1⁄8 teaspoon sugar
- Cut the chicken and soak in the marinade for 15 minutes.
- Heat the wok (or similar cooking pan) and add 1 tablespoon of the oil, along with the garlic and the rinsed black beans.
- Stir fry for a moment and add the drained chicken.
- Stir over high heat until the chicken is cooked, and remove to a serving plate.
- Add the remaining peanut oil to the hot wok, along with the leeks.
- Stir until leeks are tender.
- Return chicken to the pan along with the remaining ingredients.
- Stir fry for a moment, and serve immediately.
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Black bean chicken is one of my favorites and the leeks add something extra! It's a little dry; it may need more saucy ingredients added at the end. Also I'm not sure about rinsing the black beans since my cooking teacher never did that. I think it may have taken away some of the flavor. I added a red pepper for color. Very good dish made for the Chinese New Year!Reply
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