College students know how easy it is to pass up fresh vegetables at the dining hall for more flavorful options. But just because something is fresh doesn’t mean it has to be bland. Spice up some fresh green beans with curry sauce, chicken and peanuts. The curry sauce kicks up the flavor of the green beans, the peanuts add a tantalizing crunch and the chicken keeps you full and satisfied. This is a one-dish meal that is not only super quick to prepare but also only requires five inexpensive ingredients. It’s perfect for when you want a comfort food fix but don’t want to regret making unhealthy food choices!

Level: Medium

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

1 lb. fresh green beans
1 packet of Vindaloo curry sauce (We used Sukhi’s brand from Whole Foods)
1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
1 10 oz. can chicken breast (or prepare your own chicken breast on the stove)
1/4 lb. peanuts

1. Boil a large pot of water.
2. While the water is heating up, wash the beans thoroughly and snap or cut the ends off.

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3. Add the green beans to boiling water for 10 minutes, or until they are tender enough to eat but still have a bite.
4. While the beans are cooking, mix the curry sauce with the coconut milk. There will be lumps, so mix well!
5. Stir the canned chicken into the curry mixture.
6. When the beans are cooked, drain the water and return the beans to the pot you cooked them in.
7. Pour in the curry mixture and coat the beans well.

Photo by Hannah Lin

8. Mix in the peanuts.
9. Heat the curried beans to a boil, making sure to stir often. As soon as the mixture boils, remove from heat.
10. Serve warm and try not to drool too much because of the fantastic smell!

P.S. Check out another green bean recipe here!