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Purple Chicken Stir-Fry! Such a wonderful  and adaptable dish! My daughter dubbed this Purple Chicken Stir Fry since the beet stems made everything a lovely purplish color. Substitute a handful of kale or spinach if you don’t have beet greens. It’s no longer purple but still delicious!

This is a recipe based loosely off of Chicken Stir-Fry Stew from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I love to make a stir-fry as a way to use up vegetables in the fridge.  The stir fry stew combines a small amount of meat, vegetables and nutrient rich bone broth.

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you!

Prepare all of your vegetables before you begin cooking.  Serve over brown rice, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash to absorb all of the wonderful broth.

Purple Chicken Stir-Fry

Millie Copper
This recipe is a great way to stretch a pastured or organic chicken allowing you to stretch your food dollars.
Course Main Course


  • healthy cooking fat such as butter, chicken fat, coconut oil, or ghee
  • ½ onion cut in thin slices
  • beet stems from a ‘bunch’ of beets, cut in thin slices
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into thin coins
  • broccoli stems peeled and cut into thin coins
  • ½ red pepper cut into strips
  • beet greens cut into bite sized pieces, or other cooking green
  • broccoli flowerets cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 cups chicken broth *
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • Cook onions in fat for about 5 minutes over medium heat until they begin to soften.
  • Add beet stems, carrots and broccoli stem.
  • Allow to cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add red pepper, beet greens, and broccoli flowerets along with a little extra fat if needed.
  • Let cook for a minute or two and then add broth, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and salt.
  • Turn up heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken and peanuts and allow to cook for a minute or two to warm chicken.
  • Taste and adjust final seasonings.
  • Serve over brown rice, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash.
  • Enjoy!


*Make your own broth. It's easy! Here's how.
Keyword stir fry, stretchy chicken


What is your favorite way to stretch a chicken? Do you have a dish that you ‘always’ make?


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