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Fava Bean Kiev and Optimum HealthyFry Giveaway

Fava Bean Kiev cooked in the Optimum HealthyFry

I’ve created this Fava Bean Kiev especially for cooking in the Optimum Healthy Fry.  The HealthyFry is a powerful  air frying system which uses very little or no oil and still creates the crispy results you would expect from shallow or deep frying and you could WIN one in the #JUMPSTART17  GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this page. 

Read my review of the Optimum HealthyFry Giveaway to find out more about just how versatile this nifty piece of kitchen kit can be!  If you are not fortunate enough to win the Giveaway, the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer is currently on SALE for £129 (Save £70) and as I’m a Froothie Ambassador and during #Jumpstart17  (January and February 2017) you get free delivery in the UK!  Just you use my ambassador link to order your HealthyFry Air Fryer  simply type “3116” and “free ambassador delivery” in the comment section of the order. Delivery will be credited back to your card.

Fava Bean Kiev - a meat free Kiev style cutlet with melting butter inside

I’ve been looking into the origin of the Chicken Kiev and have been surprised to learn that it has very long and distinguished history.  Chicken Kiev is a recipe from the Russian Empire, with a nod to French Haute Cuisine, right back to the 18th Century spreading into Europe via the restaurant at the Continental Hotel in Kiev which was frequented by European travellers.

How to make Fava Kiev in the Optimum Healthyfry

What  I thought I would do was to try and create a meat-free Kiev using Fava Beans instead of chicken, while retaining the chilled butter in the centre and the  crisp ‘fried’ breadcrumbs on the outside.  Above is a step-by-step pictorial guide to how I made it, with more detail in the recipe below: 

Fava Bean Kiev 

Fava Bean Kiev
Serves 4
A vegetarian version of the traditional chicken kiev, using fava beans.
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
  1. 250g split fava beans
  2. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  3. 1 tsp dried thyme
  4. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  5. 50g butter or non dairy spread
  6. Salt
  7. 30g Parsley, chopped
  8. 1 tbsp plain flour
  9. Salt & pepper
  10. 1 egg
  11. 75 g panko breadcrumbs
  1. Cover fava beans with water and bring to boil, simmer 30 mins until soft
  2. Drain, and beat with wooden spoon until mushy but still with a little texture.
  3. Add tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, herbs and chia seeds, to help bind together.
  4. Leave in a covered bowl in the fridge until cold and thickened.
  5. Mix it up with spoon or spatula and add half the parsley
  6. Take half the mixture and form four flat escalope shapes, roughly oval
  7. Mix the softened butter with crushed garlic and the remaining parsley
  8. Form into four portions and place on top of the escalopes
  9. 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.
  10. Mix the flour with salt & pepper, coat each escalope with flour, then dip into beaten egg, then into panko breadcrumbs.
  11. Preheat the Optimum HealthyFry
  12. Cook two kievs at once in the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer at 180c for 20 min
  13. Keep the kievs warm in the oven while the second batch is cooking
  1. 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
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How to make Fava Bean Kiev (vegetarian) in the Optimum Healthy Fry


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Fragrant melting butter inside the Fava Bean Kiev



  1. Leave a Reply

    Maxine G
    February 10, 2017

    What a great idea! I’m always looking for new recipes and this one looks really tasty, and healthy too. I’d love to have an airfryer as I’m trying to cook more healthily and anything that allows the crisp texture without frying in lots of oil sounds simply perfect!

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    February 10, 2017

    Have loved seeing the food you’ve made in your airfryer and these look really tasty. I’d love to win the airfryer as I have wanted one for ages.

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    Tracy Nixon
    February 10, 2017

    I think it looks a great gadget and would inspire me to try out new recipes!

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    laura banks
    February 10, 2017

    i like to eat healthy but i do like my fried food so this would be ideal

  5. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Peach
    February 10, 2017

    I would love to win the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer because I’m always looking for new ways to make healthy nutritious meals for me & my family

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    Rob Griffiths
    February 10, 2017

    I’d like to win one so I could fry food without my whole flat smelling of cooking oil….

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    Lisa Pope
    February 10, 2017

    This would really inspire me to try new recipes and I really try to provide a health diet for my family. On a side note it’s good to have another recipe to use up the glut of broad beans we get from the allotment.

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    Emily Mc
    February 10, 2017

    These Kievs look amazing! I’ve never heard of the air fryer! It seems like such a fantastic invention to keep meals for the family healthy whilst still allowing for that home made touch!

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    Hayley F
    February 10, 2017

    so i can make healthy chips and eat lots if them x

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    Clare B
    February 10, 2017

    I love making my own potato and sweet potato wedges but don’t want to deep fry them and find they often stick in the oven. So sounds like this would be the answer as well as helping broaden the range of homemade foods I can attempt to make and make them healthier!

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    Jane Willis
    February 10, 2017

    My much loved Actifry is now old and battered and I fear it won’t last much longer, so I’m looking to replace it. The problem with the Actifry is the constant stirring, which means it isn’t possible to cook thinks like these kievs in it, and I’d love to be able to do more than just chips and veg chips.
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    melanie stirling
    February 10, 2017

    We really need to eat healthier and this looks simple to use.

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    Hazel Rea
    February 10, 2017

    I’d love to win so I can make really healthy sweet potato wedges – before branching out into things like these Fava Bean Kiev. I love the way this gadget works – it sounds like it would be incredibly versatile.

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    Lynne Davidson
    February 10, 2017

    Anything that cuts out the calories but still makes things crispy and crunchy is a winner in my book!

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    Andrea Upton
    February 10, 2017

    I think it would be a much healthier way to cook some of our favourites

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    Maya Russell
    February 10, 2017

    We love fried food, especially chips, but need to eat more healthily. This would be good for the whole family.

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    February 10, 2017


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    Anthony Harrington
    February 10, 2017

    would love to cook up some nice thick cut chips!

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    Stephanie Coals
    February 10, 2017

    I’d love to try to make my own chips and i’d definitely have to try some southern fried chicken!

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    Margaret Clarkson
    February 10, 2017

    I think it would be a great way to cook many dishes

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    Kim Neville
    February 10, 2017

    To try out a different healthier way to cook for my family

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    Jean Bolsover
    February 11, 2017

    This would be a healthier way to cook for my family, making the meals taste a lot better too especially as they won’t be drenched in oil.

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    Beverley Cousins
    February 11, 2017

    My hubby has to have a very low fat diet, he’s got high cholesterol and heart problems follow in the family. And to have one of these beauties would be wonderful

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    Ruth Wollerton
    February 11, 2017

    I would love to own one of these to encourage my children to eat more healthier and to show healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Thanks for the chance xxx

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    Margaret gallagher
    February 11, 2017

    Perfect to whip up healthy treats for all my family’s needs

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    mandy harper
    February 11, 2017

    My whole family are trying to change our eating habits,and lead healthier lifestyles.This would be fabulous to win,so that we can still have our favourite foods that we enjoy without the extra fat.Thankyou for the chance x

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    Chloe brill
    February 11, 2017

    Would love this to help more healthier food

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    Jayne Townson
    February 11, 2017

    We love homemade chips, so it would be really handy if I had this, as I could make healthier food, thanks.

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    Heather brannan
    February 11, 2017

    My family love fries and I want to give them that they want but I’d like it to be a healthier version.

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    February 11, 2017

    I’m really impressed with your fava bean kiev. I can’t wait to try out the recipe. I would love to win The Optimum HealthyFry Air Fyer to try out healthy vegetarian meals.

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      Janice Pattie
      February 11, 2017

      Thanks Mary, I was pleased with how the Kievs turned out.

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      Janice Pattie
      February 13, 2017

      Thanks, I haven’t seen kidney bean kievs, these work well because the fava beans cook to a thick stew that firms up well when it cools allowing you to form the patties.

  31. Leave a Reply

    Danielle Welsh
    February 14, 2017

    Would love to win so I can make healthier meals

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    Sophie Roberts
    February 14, 2017

    I’d love to win one because I always read up about making healthier meals and it would be great to be able to actually make some haha!

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    Katherine Lawson
    February 14, 2017

    I love fried foods but know it’s not often good for us, especially if we get it in our takeaway. I’d love to win this so I can experiment with healthier, yet equally tasty, alternatives at home!

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    Michelle O
    February 15, 2017

    What a great looking recipe.

  35. Leave a Reply

    Maya Russell
    February 15, 2017

    To make home made chips 😀 xxx

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    Kat Lucas
    February 16, 2017

    I am trying to lose weight and eat healthier as I’m borderline diabetic

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    Zoey P
    February 16, 2017

    Great recipe, love to try new things and still be healthy with this 🙂

  38. Leave a Reply

    Sarah Ann
    February 17, 2017

    Sounds like a great healthy alternative – I’d love to try making sweet potato fries.

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    Fiona jk42
    February 19, 2017

    I try to avoid fried foods because of the high fat content. With this gadget I could enjoy fried foods without the fat.

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    Denise Walker
    February 19, 2017

    Naturally tasty, food full of nutrition, now eating healthy is my ambition

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    Denise Walker
    February 19, 2017

    Naturally tasty, full of nutrition, Now eating healthy is my ambition

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    Angela Treadway
    February 19, 2017

    i would like to cook some nice healthy fries for my family x

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    Jules page
    February 19, 2017

    I would love to win as this looks so lovely and heathy to use x

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    iain maciver
    February 19, 2017

    if it helps me and the family eat healthier its a bonus amazing giveaway

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    Laura Pritchard
    February 19, 2017

    We eat a lot of chips & breaded chicken so this would be a great, healthier, alternative!

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    Peter Watson
    February 19, 2017

    We are all trying to lose weight by eating more healthily.

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    L martin
    February 19, 2017

    Chips, love cooking but firs thing would be some good chips! Yum

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    Caroline Hunter
    February 19, 2017

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook healthy meals. This looks easy and a great addition to my kitchen!

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    February 19, 2017

    I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle and cook more from scratch

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    Colin Bragg
    February 19, 2017

    I normally love chips fried but they are so bad for you. With this I can enjoy them again 🙂 yum

  51. Leave a Reply

    Eamonn Liddle
    February 19, 2017

    Excellent, tasty, well presented and Good for you, brilliant

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    William Alexander
    February 19, 2017

    Would love a healthy start to 2017

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    Claire Woods
    February 19, 2017

    We don’t fry things as it’s not healthy but this would be good.

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    kev banham
    February 19, 2017

    Wow looks awesome and I’d like to try some healthy recipes

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    February 19, 2017

    Great idea, this would enable me to make healthy fried food.

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    February 19, 2017

    Anything that helps with a healthy lifestyle is most welcome, here.

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    Tee simpson
    February 19, 2017

    I would live to win so I could make healthier chips for my kids

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      Janice Pattie
      February 19, 2017

      Thanks Choclette, I was rather pleased with the idea and they turned out even better than I expected!

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    Freya Knudsen
    February 19, 2017

    We’ve made a conscious effort to eat healthy but making meals when we get in that are quick, nutritious and healthy as well as varied is proving difficult. This will add a whole new offering.

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    Tracey Peach
    February 19, 2017

    Always looking for a healthy alternative so this would be great as some foods just beg to be fried

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    Freya Knudsen
    February 19, 2017

    We’ve made a conscious effort to eat healthy but making meals when we get in that are quick, nutritious and healthy as well as varied is proving difficult. This will add a whole new offering. The raga bean kievs you’ve made also look great definitely want to try that.

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    February 19, 2017

    I won’t eat chips when I knowthey have been deep fried so to have them healthy fried would be great

  62. Leave a Reply

    maria blythin
    February 19, 2017

    we are all on diets and this would be perfect for the whole family x

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    KEV c
    February 19, 2017

    I like to eat healthy so this would be a great addition to my kitchen 🙂

  64. Leave a Reply

    Laura Todd
    February 19, 2017

    Would really like to give it a go

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    Yvonne Bradley
    February 19, 2017

    I would like to cook healthly

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    pete cleasby
    February 19, 2017

    It looks a great piece of equipment, useful for healthy tasty meals and a great brand name too

  67. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Peach
    February 19, 2017

    WOW It is incredible what this healthyfry can do! I would definitely make some fries and chicken garlic fillets 🙂

  68. Leave a Reply

    Amanda Richardson
    February 19, 2017

    Would still be able to eat healthy food even though it’s been fried with an added bonus of no frying smells in my kitchen

  69. Leave a Reply

    Susan Lloyd
    February 19, 2017

    I would love to try some more creative ideas for my 3 girls x

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    Tracey Peach
    February 19, 2017

    I’d love to win this to provide healthier meals for my kids 🙂

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    Alison Macdonald
    February 19, 2017

    You can’t beat homemade chips (oven ones just aren’t the same!) and chips made in here would be healthy so win, win 😉

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    Sarah Mackay
    February 19, 2017

    Would love to win to have some of my favourite foods guilt free

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    Julie Henderson
    February 20, 2017

    hubby says simply i cant cook and i wish to prove him rong

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    Tracey Peach
    February 20, 2017

    So that I can give my family more healthy meals

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