Green bean casserole is a popular side dish for Thanksgiving. For a nice change, you can have this stir-fried chicken green beans. You will have the savory taste of the chicken and green beans without the fat of the cream in the casserole. I put a little bacon in too to make it special. Everything tastes better with a little bacon. Even the kids loved this dish.
A Bit of History
Green beans became a Thanksgiving staple in the 1950s, when Campbell Soup asked one of their home economists to create a recipe that uses Cream of Mushroom soup. She used frozen green beans which was popular at the time. The resulting casserole became popular because it was easy and convenient and can be made ahead of time.
So in a way, Americans are serving green bean casserole for nostalgic reasons. Lately though, there have been upgrades and departures from tradition. In this recipe, I used fresh green beans, which is a major upgrade just by itself. There is no cream, no milk. I did use soy sauce and topped it with French fried onions as a nod to tradition and to add crunchy texture and flavor.
Stir Fried Chicken Green Beans
- 2 cups green beans ends removed and beans snapped in 3 inch lengths
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 pc strips of bacon diced
- 1/2 cup shredded chicken (boil chicken breast and shred with a fork)
- 1/2 pc pc medium onion chopped
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp rice wine
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup French fried onions optional
In a bowl, mix soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine and sugar. Set aside.
Put 1 tbsp water and bacon in a pan and heat on medium until the water evaporates and the fat renders from the bacon
Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add onions, cook 2 minutes while stirring.
Add chicken, stir and cook 1 minute.
Add the green beans and mix. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the sauce. Stir and mix uncovered and cook for 1 minute more.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve and top with French fried onions.
How to Serve
You can serve this as a side dish to a main entree. It can be eaten with rice or quinoa or other grains. This is very tasty and the green beans come out very fresh and crunchy.
I hope I convinced you to have a slightly different green bean side for Thanksgiving. This is not just for a side dish. It can be part of your regular meals. I hope you enjoy it. Holler back if you have any questions.
Kain Na! (Let’s Eat).