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This chicken and green beans dinner is an effortless and healthy stir-fry recipe that’s packed with flavor! It’s an easy dinner recipe that’s ideal for busy weeknight meals.  

top view of a round skillet with chunks of chicken and green beans in a thick sauce

You can never have too many weeknight dinner recipes. By the middle of the week, trying to figure out what to serve for dinner is so difficult, so I love having recipes like this in my back pocket. This chicken and green beans dinner is not only fast and easy, but so flavorful and healthy too. It us definitely on repeat at my house!  

If you are looking for more dinner ideas, check out our Homemade Beefaroni or Curry Chicken and Rice meals!

Chicken And Green Beans

This weeknight dinner recipe is the healthy stir fry recipe you’ve been looking for. It’s packed with chicken thighs for protein, green beans and mushrooms for tons of nutrients, and a tasty, umami sauce. What’s even better is you can have this chicken stir fry dinner on the table in about 15 minutes.  

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

Ingredients You Need 

  • Chicken Thighs – Chicken thighs have a slightly higher fat content than chicken breasts, but this is not at all a bad thing. Chicken thighs bring a richer flavor to a dish and are more forgiving when it comes to overcooking. You can substitue chicken breast if you prefer!
  • Fresh Green Beans – You’ll want to prepare green beans by trimming them and then slicing them into bite-size pieces before cooking.  Frozen green beans will also work but you’ll want to defrost them slightly before adding to the dish.
  • Mushrooms – Mushrooms are both delicious and full of healthy nutrients.  
  • Chicken Broth – The chicken broth is the foundation of this recipe’s sauce and helps to keep the chicken thighs tender.  
  • Soy Sauce – Soy sauce adds richness and some needed acidity to this dinner. My go-to brand of soy sauce is Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
  • Garlic Powder – The key spice in this recipe, alongside the soy sauce. 
  • Cornstarch – We will make a slurry by mixing cornstarch and water. Cornstarch helps to thicken the sauce of this dish.  
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is used to keep the food from sticking to the pan.

If you’re feeling adventurous, also try adding:

  • Fresh Grated ginger
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Oyster Sauce – For sweetness
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Rice Wine Vinegar – For a tangy flavor!
  • Sesame Seeds
top view of the ingredients in individual bowls like chicken, green beans and mushrooms

How To Make This Easy Weeknight Dinner Idea!

top view of raw chicken squares in a pan
Heat oil in saute pan and add the chicken. Cook until brown on all sides.
top view of chicken, green beans and mushrooms in a skillet
Add green beans, mushrooms, garlic powder and soy sauce
top view of a white bowl with a white liquid
Create a slurry by mixing the cornstarch and water

top view of chicken and green beans in skillet
Stir the slurry mixture into the same pan as the chicken and green bean mixture. Let it sit for a minute or two and it will start to thicken.

How To Make Chicken and Green Beans 

Get ready to make one of the easiest dinners ever!

To make this chicken and green beans recipe, add the chicken thighs to a hot, oiled pan and cook until it’s brown on all sides. Then, add in the green beans, mushrooms, soy sauce, and garlic powder before covering the pan and letting everything simmer. Add in a cornstarch slurry and continue to simmer until done.

Serve alone or with brown rice and just like that, dinner is on the table.  

Important Teaching Tips

  • Create a Cornstarch Slurry- Cornstarch can magically thicken the liquid of any dish, as long as it’s added as a slurry. A cornstarch slurry is made by dissolving the cornstarch into water, so it becomes a liquid instead of a fine powder.  The trick to preventing lumps is to use cold water!
  • Cut the Mushrooms– Depending on the type you use, mushrooms can technically be cooked whole, but cutting them makes all of the difference. A cut mushroom can more easily absorb and impart flavor in your cooking, so remember to cut the mushrooms into fourths.  
  • Let it Thicken– To help the liquid in this dish thicken, keep the pan uncovered as it sits post-cooking. This will allow excess liquid to escape and a nice sauce to form.  
  • Freezer Meal – Once cooked, this Chicken and Green Beans dish can be cooled and frozen in an airtight container. I like to double the recipe and freeze half for another night. To defrost, use the defrost function on the microwave, or leave it overnight in the fridge to defrost.
top view of chicken and green beans in a white bowl with chopsticks on the side

Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken and Green Beans

Can I use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder in the chicken and green beans recipe?

Sure! I prefer to use garlic powder for the overall convenience of this recipe, but feel free to use fresh minced garlic if that’s what you have on hand

What type of mushroom should I use in the chicken and green beans recipe?

Technically speaking, any mushroom you prefer would work in this recipe. However, I definitely recommend using a white or crimini mushroom. They’re easy to find in a grocery store, flavorful, and have a firm texture that’s great for cooking. 

How do you make green beans more flavorful?

Let’s be honest, green beans are bland. They don’t always soak up a lot of flavor but in this dish we are making a thick stir fy sauce mixture which coat the beans and give them a ton of flavor.

How do you stir fry chicken without drying it out?

The trick to juicy stir fry chicken is to use thighs. They are fattier than breasts and retain moisture when cooked. Chicken should be cooked just until white or you run the risk of overcooking it. Overcooked chicken will be dry regarless of the cut.

Other Easy Weeknight Dinners:

Side view of the chicken and green beans in a white bowl

Chicken and Green Beans

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This chicken and green beans dinner is an effortless and healthy stir-fry recipe that’s packed with flavor! It’s an easy dinner recipe that’s ideal for busy weeknight meals.  

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Cup Green Beans, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, cut into fourths
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch + 2 Tabespoons Water

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil in a saute pan over medium heat
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken starts to brown on all sides
  3. Add the green beans, mushrooms, soy sauce and garlic powder and mix well
  4. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and then cover and cook for 10 minutes
  5. in a small cup, mix 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons of water until completely dissolved.
  6. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the chicken mixture while stirring. Let it continue simmering for 2 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and let sit uncovered as it thickens.
  8. Serve warm!

Notes

  • Create a Cornstarch Slurry- Cornstarch can magically thicken the liquid of any dish, as long as it’s added as a slurry. A cornstarch slurry is made by dissolving the cornstarch into water, so it becomes a liquid instead of a fine powder.  The trick to preventing lumps is to use cold water!
  • Cut the Mushrooms- Depending on the type you use, mushrooms can technically be cooked whole, but cutting them makes all of the difference. A cut mushroom can more easily absorb and impart flavor in your cooking, so remember to cut the mushrooms into fourths.  
  • Let it Thicken- To help the liquid in this dish thicken, keep the pan uncovered as it sits post-cooking. This will allow excess liquid to escape and a nice sauce to form.  
  • Freezer Meal - Once cooked, this Chicken and Green Beans dish can be cooled and frozen in an airtight container. I like to double the recipe and freeze half for another night. To defrost, use the defrost function on the microwave, or leave it overnight in the fridge to defrost.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 976mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 44g

    Nutritional information was calculated automatically. Please verify accuracy

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    By on September 19th, 2022

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