Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste

Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste, also known as “Dou gu ji,” is a popular and highly sought-after zi char dish in Chinese cuisine. 

This delectable dish features tender pieces of chicken simmered in a savory and flavorful black bean paste sauce. The umami-rich black bean paste infuses the chicken with a unique and satisfying taste that delights the palate. 

The dish is well-liked for its succulent texture, balanced flavors, and the perfect harmony between the tender chicken and the pungent black bean sauce. 

Its popularity can be attributed to its comforting and homely appeal, making it a staple on many restaurant and home-cooked menus.

Why Do People Love Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste

People love Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste for its rich and savoury flavours that come from a combination of fermented black bean paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and chillies. The braising process results in tender and juicy chicken that is infused with the bold and complex taste of the sauce. 

It’s a comforting and flavourful dish that is perfect for any occasion.

Making Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste Yourself

Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of black bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 green chilli, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4

How To Cook Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste

Step 1

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and swirl to coat the pan.

Step 2

Add the chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the skin is golden brown. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.

Step 3

In the same pan, add the ginger, garlic, and onion. Stir-fry for about 1 minute or until fragrant.

Step 4

Add the black bean paste, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, brown sugar, and sliced chillies. Stir to combine.

Step 5

Add 2 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 6

Return the chicken to the pan, skin-side up, and cover with the sauce.

Step 7

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Step 8

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9

Serve hot with steamed rice or noodles.

Serving Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste With Other Dishes

For a nutritious and flavourful side dish, try stir-frying some bok choy, broccoli, or snow peas. These vegetables provide a nice contrast to the savoury flavours of the chicken.

Steamed rice is another great option to serve alongside the chicken. The sauce from the chicken blends perfectly with the rice, creating a delicious and filling meal. For those looking for a heartier meal, serving the chicken with some stir-fried noodles is a great choice. The noodles absorb the flavourful sauce, making each bite even more satisfying.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich Chicken: Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, which is essential for muscle repair, growth, and overall body maintenance. Protein also helps in maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails.
  2. Black Bean Paste: Black beans are packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and various essential nutrients. They provide a substantial nutritional boost to the dish, promoting better digestion, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and supporting heart health.
  3. Fiber Content: Both chicken and black beans contribute to the dish’s fiber content. Adequate fiber intake aids in digestive health, prevents constipation, and may help manage cholesterol levels.
  4. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste typically incorporates a variety of vegetables and spices. These additions can introduce an array of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, K, and minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium, which are crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being.
  5. Healthy Fats: While the dish is generally low in unhealthy saturated fats, it can include beneficial fats if prepared with ingredients like olive oil or avocado oil. These healthy fats support brain function, hormone regulation, and cardiovascular health.
  6. Low in Refined Carbohydrates: The absence of refined carbohydrates in this dish can be beneficial for those looking to manage their blood sugar levels or follow a low-carb diet.
  7. Flavorful Spices: The variety of spices used in braised chicken with black bean paste, such as garlic, ginger, and chili, not only add delicious flavors but also offer potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and improved immunity.
  8. Low Sodium Option: By carefully controlling the amount of added salt or using low-sodium black bean paste, the dish can be made suitable for individuals with high blood pressure or those aiming to reduce sodium intake.
  9. Gluten-Free: As long as the ingredients are free from gluten contamination, braised chicken with black bean paste can be a safe and delicious gluten-free option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Braised Chicken with Black Bean Paste without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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