Green bean stew & spicy chicken wings

Here in Croatia if you have a grandma and you visit her at least once a week, you’ve probably experienced breaking green beans in half with her. My grandma played a big role in my life and I always visited her at least once a week, mostly on Sundays. During those visits I saw her cooking all kinds of dishes, from Mlinci (a type of dry baked pasta that you pour boiling water over and season with sauce from roasted meat..) and roasted duck, homemade noodles and vegetable soup, to all kinds of stews. During those visits there have been countless times when my grandma would buy green beans and we would break them on the balcony of her flat, which she would use to make a delicious stew. She shared the recipe with my mom, and my mom shared the recipe with me, so now I’m sharing it with all of you who are reading my posts.

This recipe isn’t just a recipe for me, it reminds me of all the times my grandma and I used to laugh together, the times she listened to my stories from kindergarten and school, to times I spent with my mom who showed me how to cook every dish she knows. I hope I can transfer the feeling of that joy and happiness with you by sharing this lovely recipe. These spicy chicken wings really go well with the stew and they bring the recipe to a new level. I think that everyone who loves stews and everyone who loves chicken wings will enjoy this dish, so why not give it a try?

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Here are some photos of the seaside to keep you warm during this cold September:

Island Vir, Croatia
Island Vir, Croatia
Island Vir, Croatia

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy & happy cooking!

Preparation: 25 min

Cook time: 35 min

Servings: 4


  • 500 g green beans
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 50 g smoked bacon
  • 200 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 500 g chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Green bean stew & chicken wings

How to

  1. Bring slightly salted water to a boil in a large cooking pot. Place green beans in boiling water, reduce heat. Stir in pressed garlic, smoked bacon and cook until green beans are slightly soft.
  2. In a small bowl place tomato sauce, corn flour and cooking cream. Mix the ingredients until combined. Pour the mixture in the cooking pot while constantly stirring the green beans. Cook the green beans until you get a thick and delicious stew.
  3. Season the chicken wings with the mixture of Sriracha sauce, garlic powder, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Start the grill and sprinkle some vegetable oil over it and over the chicken wings. Grill the wings on each side until cooked all the way through. Enjoy spicy chicken wings with a bowl of rich green bean stew.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:

    The photos are lovely and the recipe for the green beans is something I MUST try! I love the part about you breaking green beans with your grandmother. My own grandchildren have done this with me and I hope that when I’m gone they remember it fondly!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much for stopping by! I’m glad that I could share the memory and it really is something I remember fondly 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This sounds delicious! Just curious, what is cooking cream?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by and it’s something like heavy cream but a little lighter, we have it in our stores here in Croatia 🙂


  3. Vlatka says:

    Nekako uvijek ispadne da su (usprkos današnjim ‘modernim’ jelima) ta neka tradicionalna, starinska jela koja su radile naše bake najbolja 😀 Nije da ovo danas ne valja, dapače…ima izvrsnih jela…al kad napraviš nešto ovako što te prvim zalogajem vrati u djetinjstvo….neprocjenjivo 😀 pogotovo mlinci! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Hvala puno na tako lijepom komentaru! I složio bih se u potpunosti, nova jela su super al ona prava bakina kuhinja je najbolja! 😀

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  4. priyasparadise says:

    Wow….I am already craving for it…..its looking so yummylicious…..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much for your compliment, glad you like it! 😀


  5. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, and hope that you get a chance to try it out 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Andrea says:

    Food is so intertwined with family, emotions, memories… I never make a crumble without thinking of my grandmother

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      I agree, for me every dish has a memory attached to it and that’s what I love about cooking! Thanks for stopping by 😊 have a great weekend!


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