Copycat KFC Green Beans Recipe

KFC is known for its well-loved fried chicken but its sides also make up a lovely menu for this food chain. In fact, KFC Green Beans Recipe perfectly gives balance to their varieties of fried chicken recipes. Vegetables may not be a cup of tea for some people but this green beans recipe has the flavor no one can resist! Aside from being wonderfully tasty, green beans are packed with plenty of nutrients essential to our daily needs. Moreover, the preparation and cooking won’t take so much of your time. So busy bees can eat nutritious and delicious meals at any time of the day!

Make yourself a copycat of this green beans recipe at home and enjoy a crunchy bite! You’ll just be needing a few ingredients such as canned green beans, onions, bell peppers, bacon bits, and seasonings. Bacon bits give more crispness in the recipe but if you want to make it vegetarian, you can simply omit the bacon. Make sure to follow the cooking time and level of heat recommendation to not overcook them. When properly done, you’ll get to enjoy a perfectly crisp yet tender bite. 

Speaking of crisp, here’s another recipe that will level up your vegetable side dish! Try this Copycat Ruby Tuesday’s Tempura Green Beans Recipe. Include this vegetable packed with vitamins and minerals in your meal plans. And of course, if you want to indulge in a full KFC experience with a fried chicken main, pair this KFC side with our  Classic Crunchy Fried Chicken Recipe for a (slightly) healthier KFC meal! 

Copycat KFC Green Beans Recipe

How To Make Copycat KFC Green Beans

Crunchy and savory Copycat KFC Green Beans added with crispy bacon bits to spice up every meal.

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 11 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 oz green beans, 1 can
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1. In a pan, add olive oil, yellow onions, red bell pepper and bacon, and briefly sauté over medium heat.

  2. Add water and continue to cook.

  3. Add green beans, and stir to mix well.

  4. Add salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

  5. Continue to stir and cook.

  6. Sprinkle some bacon bits, and serve!

Recipe Notes

Remember that canned green beans are already cooked so adding more minutes in cooking time will give it a mushy texture and will lose its nutrients. If you want to control its saltiness, drain and rinse with running water.


  • Sugar: 3g
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  • Calcium: 20mg
  • Calories: 89kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 157mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 265mg
  • Vitamin A: 455IU
  • Vitamin C: 15mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make canned green beans taste good?

If possible, choose canned green beans that have no or low salt content so it can be freely seasoned in the cooking process. If the only option is the one with salt, just drain and wash it with running water. Either way, make sure to drain the green beans and use water or broth instead. Another thing is not to overcook the veggie to retain a crisp-tender texture. This is the perfect state of cooked green beans. Canned green beans are already cooked anyway so excess temperature and cooking time will lessen its quality.

Are KFC green beans healthy?

In general, green beans are low in calories and are also known to be good for the heart as they contain zero cholesterol. They’re too rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and manganese which are known for their antioxidant properties. However, canned beans are high in sodium, which are bad for the heart, kidney, and blood pressure. If you choose to make this recipe using canned green beans like us, make sure to drain and wash the beans for a healthier meal. Besides improving the flavor of the beans, draining and washing the beans will help to reduce the sodium level as well.



If you’re on a diet and bored with your usual salads, this Copycat KFC recipe is for you! Make some crisp-tender green beans now to add some excitement to your healthy meal.
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