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Chicken With Black Bean Sauce on Crispy Noodles

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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 18312

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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon groundnut oil
1 heaped Tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
1 generous Tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 small red pepper, seeded and cut into long, thin slices
2 spring onions, cut into long diagonal slices
3 tablespoons black bean sauce
6 tablespoons chicken stock or water
oil, for deep frying
8 ounces stir fry rice noodles


Use fine vermicelli noodles for this dish. Cook only a few at a time as they puff up miraculously after a few seconds in the hot oil. Their texture contrasts well with the black bean sauce.

Cut the chicken into 5 cm / 2 in chunks and put in a bowl or shallow dish. Pour in the rice wine or sherry and soy sauce, stir to mix. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Heat a large wok. Add the tablespoon of oil and when it is hot, add the ginger, garlic and red pepper. Stir fry for about 1 minute, then add the marinated chicken and stir fry over a very high heat for 4 - 5 minutes until brown. Add the spring onions, stir, then add the bean sauce and chicken stock or water. Simmer for about 1 minute to finish cooking the chicken. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles: heat the oil in a wok or deep frying pan. Add a quarter of the noodles (no more as they expand quite a lot) and fry for about 30 seconds, until puffed and very pale golden. Lift out with a slotted spoon or spoon strainer and drain on kitchen paper, then repeat with the remaining noodles. To serve, arrange the chicken on a bed of crispy noodles with the black bean sauce drizzled over.

source : BBC Good Food 2000/02 (February 2000)

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