July 31, 2021


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Black Bean Caramel Chicken with Rice Noodles

  1. 1 pkg rice noodles
  2. 2 TBL black bean sauce
  3. ½ lb  chicken breast strips
  4. ½ lb broccoli
  5. 3 oz scallions
  6. 1 oz fresh ginger
  7. garlic
  8. Sriracha
  9. ¼ cup sugar
  10. neutral oil
  11. salt & pepper

1. Prep ingredients

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Finely chop 2 teaspoons garlic. Peel and finely chop 1 tablespoon ginger. Trim scallions, then thinly slice. Trim stem ends from broccoli, then cut crown into ½-inch florets. Coarsely chop cilantro leaves and stems together. Pat chicken dry; season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook chicken & broccoli

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chicken and cook, without stirring, until well browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and broccoli is crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet.

3. Cook aromatics

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over medium-high. Add chopped ginger, garlic, and scallions. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

4. Make caramel sauce

In same skillet, combine ¼ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium-high, without stirring, until sugar is melted. Continue to cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until sugar turns honey-colored, 2–5 minutes (watch closely). Add ¾ cup water and 2 tablespoons black-bean garlic sauce; swirl (don't stir) to combine (caramel may harden, but will melt over heat).

5. Finish sauce, cook noodle

Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high, then return scallion mixture to skillet, swirling to combine. Continue to simmer until sauce is slightly thickened and glossy, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add noodles to boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until just tender, 5–7 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse under warm water.

6. Finish & serve

Add noodles, chicken, and broccoli to caramel sauce. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly to combine, until noodles absorb most of the sauce and chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve noodles topped with cilantro and a drizzle of Sriracha, if desired. Enjoy!

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