Black Chicken


A flavoursome and easy dish with an Eastern twist, it is rather dark in colour so I call this dish “Black chicken”. The delicious sauce includes garlic and soy sauce.

↓ Jump To Recipe

In this recipe:

The main thing:

Other stuff:

Black chicken
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-10-10, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 30 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 12-05-2022

30 minutes 4 people Main course
Black chicken


(✓ Tip: click to check off)

  • 500 grams of chicken fillets
  • 2 onions
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • half lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sambal badjak (Indonesian chilli paste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 100 ml sweet soy sauce
  • 50 ml regular soy sauce
  • sunflower or other neutral oil
Black chicken ingredients
↑ click on the photo to enlarge

Kitchen equipment

(✓ Tip: click to check off)

  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • optional: lemon juicer
  • fine grater
  • small bowl
  • medium frying pan
  • wooden spoon

Black Chicken

30 minutes 4 people Main course

View the original recipe via:

You can also use chicken thighs.

Preparation – 10 minutes

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic cloves. Peel the ginger and finely grate it. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix this with the sambal, brown sugar, tamarind paste, sweet soy sauce and regular soy sauce in a small bowl.

Remove any fat and sinew from the chicken breasts and cut the chicken into pieces. Don't make the pieces too big, but not too small either.

Black chicken
Black chicken

Finishing the black chicken – 20 minutes

Heat a dash of oil in a medium-sized frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the grated ginger and sauté briefly.

Add the chicken pieces and sauté for a few more minutes. Lower the heat and add the soy sauce mixture. Let it simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Serve the black chicken with boiled rice, green beans and prawn crackers. You could briefly stir fry the green beans in a wok and season with pepper, salt and a little curry powder. Enjoy your meal!

Rank this recipe!
0 votes

Black Chicken: frequently asked questions

What is tamarind paste?

Tamarind paste, or assem, is for sale in Asian supermarkets and online. It is a paste made from a large, brown-podded fruit. These pods come from a tropical African tree. It has a mildly sour taste, not unlike lime.

Can I replace soy sauce with something else?

You can replace the soy sauce with ketjap manis. If doing this, add a little salt because it’s the soy sauce which gives this dish its salty, savoury taste.