Chinese-Inspired Spicy Chicken and String Beans Stir Fry

Chinese-Inspired Spicy Chicken and String Beans Stir Fry

If you are looking for a quick mid-week something to go with a bowl of boiled rice then you should try this stir fry. It is unbelievably easy for such a deliciousness.

Does anyone find it relaxing to watch one of those silent village cooking videos? I watched one like that of a Chinese girl making this garlicky chilli and bean paste. I understood from the video that she used dried beans, red chilli, lottts of garlic and salt but could not really figure out the rest of the ingredients or details about the process. Oh, and I also knew it was fermented in the end for flavour development. The next day, I spoke to my Chinese colleague about it and he told me that this is something he uses a lot at home for cooking and brought me a jar of this flavour-loaded paste the following week. Don’t you just love people who bring sweet, in this case, spicy little gifts for you?

So, that is how I got to know about this paste.It is essentially made of red chilli, garlic, sometimes ginger, fermented soy and/or broad beans, oil and salt. You will be surprised to learn how deliiish a bean paste can taste once you have tried it. Fermentation can do some pretty heavy magic on food and bring it alive with flavours you won’t get normally through other preservation techniques. This paste is available in any Asian store but look for one with a clean label devoid of colours or artificial ingredients. One of my blog posts this year will be about making this paste at home. Cannot wait!

Spicy, umami-ish and nutty flavoured chicken and string beans. Vegetables and meat in one dish. I mean, isn’t that convenient? Enjoy this with some egg noodles, vermicelli or jasmine rice.

Chinese-Inspired Spicy Chicken and String Beans Stir Fry

Serves 2 - 3
Prep time 3 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot


  • 2 Medium Boneless Chicken Breast (cut into thin strips)
  • 175g String Beans (3 inch long cuts)
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Fermented Chilli Bean Paste
  • 4 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3 stalks Green Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds (toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil


Coat the chicken pieces in corn flour and sear them in sesame oil for 2 minutes.
Add the garlic to this and lightly fry for a minute.
Throw in the rest of the ingredients along with the beans, except for the sesame seeds and half the portion of the green onions.
Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is raw no more and the beans are a little soft.
Garnish with the rest of the green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

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