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Fava Bean Kiev

Janice Pattie
A vegetarian version of the traditional chicken kiev, using fava beans.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 273 kcal


  • 250 g split fava beans
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 50 g butter or non dairy spread
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 30 g Parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 pinch Salt & pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 75 g panko breadcrumbs


  • Cover fava beans with water and bring to boil, simmer 30 mins until soft
  • Drain, and beat with wooden spoon until mushy but still with a little texture.
  • Add tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, herbs and chia seeds, to help bind together.
  • Leave in a covered bowl in the fridge until cold and thickened.
  • Mix it up with spoon or spatula and add half the parsley
  • Take half the mixture and form four flat escalope shapes, roughly oval
  • Mix the softened butter with crushed garlic and the remaining parsley
  • Form into four portions and place on top of the escalopes
  • Form a further four escalopes and place each on top of the butter and base, press the edges to make sure they are sealed. Return to the fridge for an hour.
  • Mix the flour with salt & pepper, coat each escalope with flour, then dip into beaten egg, then into panko breadcrumbs.
  • Preheat the Optimum HealthyFry
  • Cook two kievs at once in the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer at 180c for 20 min
  • Keep the kievs warm in the oven while the second batch is cooking


If you don't have an Air Fryer yet, then you could fry the kievs in a little oil or bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180C


Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 259mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1005IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3.2mg