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Chicken with Silky Eggplant in Black Bean Sauce

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
An Instant Pot® gives this Chinese chicken and vegetable stew deep, slow-simmered taste in minutes. Its savory umami flavor comes from fermented black beans, a type of soy bean you’ll find in Asian food stores or in the global-foods aisle of large supermarkets.


Canola oil

2 tsp(s)

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1½ pound(s), cut into 2.5-cm (1-in) chunks

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)


2 medium, (about 450 g [1 lb]), quartered lengthwise and cut into 6.25-cm (2½-in) pieces


4 clove(s), large, thinly sliced

Ginger root

2 tsp(s), minced, peeled fresh

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s)

Chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

Fermented black beans

2½ tbsp(s)

Low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp(s)

Rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp(s)


1 tbsp(s)

Turbinado sugar

1 tsp(s)

Bell pepper

1 item(s), medium, red variety, cut into 2.5-cm (1-in) pieces

Uncooked scallions

5 medium, cut into 2.5-cm (1-in) lengths

Sesame seeds

1 tbsp(s)


  1. Add oil to 6-quart Instant Pot; press Sauté and set cooking time for 15 minutes. When Hot is displayed, add half of chicken; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to large bowl. Repeat with remaining chicken and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover chicken to keep warm.
  2. Add eggplant to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth and black beans. Press Cancel to turn off pot. Lock lid, making sure vent is closed.
  3. Press Pressure Cook and select High Pressure; set cooking time for 5 minutes. When time is up, press Cancel to turn off pot. Move steam release valve to Venting position to quickly release pressure. Remove lid.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, and sugar; set aside.
  5. Using slotted spoon, transfer eggplant to chicken in bowl; cover to keep warm.
  6. Press Sauté and set cooking time for 15 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture to pot and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens, about 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and scallions and cook 1 minute longer. Pour sauce over chicken and eggplant and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups


Serving idea: Quick-cooking rice noodles are perfect for soaking up the sauce of this dish; plan on a cup of cooked noodles per person.