Thai Summer Bean Stew with Chicken Recipe

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Cindy Published: March 30, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Thai Summer Bean Stew with Chicken

Creamy coconut-curry sauce, tender fava beans, and juicy chicken makes up this hearty Thai bean stew, that’s easily whipped up in just 30 minutes!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1lbchicken cutlets
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2tbspcanola oil
  • 1tbsplime juice,fresh
  • 1lbfresh fava beans
  • 1cuplight coconut milk
  • 2tspthai green curry paste
  • 1cuplow sodium chicken broth
  • 2tbspAsian fish sauce
  • 1tbspsugar
  • 10basil leaves
  • ¼cupcilantro leaves
  • 1small onion
  • 1lbgreen beans and yellow wax beans,mixed
  • 2corn ears
  • jasmine rice,steamed


  1. Light a grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil and the lime juice.

  2. Grill the chicken over high heat for about 2½ minutes per side, until browned and cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a carving board.

  3. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the fava beans for about 2 minutes, just until bright green, then drain and rinse under cold water

  4. Working over a bowl, pop the beans out of their skins with fingers.

  5. In the same saucepan, whisk half of the coconut milk with the green curry paste. Whisk in the remaining coconut milk, ½ cup of the chicken broth, the fish sauce and the sugar and bring to a boil.

  6. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

  7. Transfer the sauce to a blender. Add the 10 basil leaves and the cilantro, then puree.

  8. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned

  9. Add the green beans and yellow wax beans and the corn and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Add the remaining ½ cup of broth

  10. Cover the skillet and simmer the beans for about 3 minutes until tender. Stir in the coconut-curry sauce and the fava beans and simmer until just heated through. Season the stew with salt and pepper.

  11. Slice the chicken cutlets crosswise into ½-inch strips.

  12. Ladle the stew into shallow bowls. Top with the chicken strips and garnish with basil and cilantro leaves.

  13. Serve with lime wedges and jasmine rice, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

 Make Ahead: The bean stew can stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours; rewarm before serving


  • Calories: 557.21kcal
  • Fat: 23.97g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.09g
  • Trans Fat: 0.15g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.37g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.17g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.48g
  • Fiber: 17.43g
  • Sugar: 22.75g
  • Protein: 40.70g
  • Cholesterol: 72.82mg
  • Sodium: 1555.01mg
  • Calcium: 164.84mg
  • Potassium: 1394.32mg
  • Iron: 5.82mg
  • Vitamin A: 106.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 43.34mg
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