Green Beans with Lemon & Sage Crumbs

Green Beans with Lemon Sage Crumbs

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Classic holiday green beans except without the goopiness and WITH an extra flavor punch from a well seasoned sprinkling of chicken “crumbs”.


  • 1.5 lbs green beans, topped and tailed
  • 1/4 lb ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp fresh sage
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup almond flour (optional)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Lemon juice & olive oil to taste


To make the crumbs:

  1. Heat a little oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the ground chicken once the oil is hot. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes or so. Don’t overcook as the meat will dry out.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan, add it to a mini food processor and pulse until breadcrumb sized. Don’t puree it! Set aside.
  3. Add the diced onion and herbs to the pan you used to cook the chicken, adding a little more oil if needed. Soften the onion and remove the skillet from the heat.
  4. Add the onion & herb mixture to the ground chicken in a bowl large enough to combine all ingredients except the green beans.
  5. Add the almond flour and lemon zest to the bowl; mix to combine evenly.
  6. Return the skillet to the heat with enough oil to cover the pan thinly. Add the crumb mixture and cook until it colors – don’t have the heat too high or it will burn.
  7. Optional step: remove the crumbs from the skillet and spread them out on a clean dry baking tray. Broil for a minute or two until they are toasted, watching carefully to make sure they don’t burn.

For the green beans:

  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add the beans and cook for 5 – 7 minutes, until cooked through but still crunchy.

If serving straight away:

  1. Drain and add to large bowl. Add lemon juice and olive oil to taste, then toss until evenly coated. Top with the crumbs and serve.

If making ahead:

  1. Blanch the beans in ice water when just undercooked. Refrigerate until needed and reheat them in a skillet with a little oil for a few minutes. Remove from heat, toss with lemon juice and olive oil to taste, them top with the crumbs to serve.