Summer Succotash

4.25 from 4 votes

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This succotash recipe makes for a healthy dinner that is also light in fat and light in calories Featuring an easy blend of summer vegetables, our summer succotash is a garden meal topped with seasoned chicken breast.

Two bowls of succotash topped with chicken breast and a glass of ice water.

About this

Fresh herbs used for summer chicken succotash with chef's knife.
This succotash recipe features the flavors of fresh herbs.

This succotash recipe starts with a couple of boneless and skinless chicken breasts. A savory trio of fresh herbs is used to season the meat which gives it a lively taste that evokes the flavors of the spring and summer seasons.

Chicken Breast Seasoning:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • Fresh garlic

Two chicken breasts seasoned with fresh herbs, on a cutting board.

I wasn’t sure how well the fresh, finely chopped herbs would adhere to the chicken breasts, during the cooking process. As it turns out, it all held together beautifully.

Cooking Tip:

Using the palm of your hands, firmly press the chopped herbs onto the uncooked surface of the chicken breasts.

Sliced cherry tomatoes on a cutting board with a serrated knife.

How to make this

While the chicken breasts are cooking on the stovetop, start making the succotash.

I’ve never had succotash, before making this meal, and I was pleased with its taste, flavor, and texture. The buttery flavor of the Lima beans pairs nicely with the sweet corn.

And together, the two make the perfect complement to the small chunks of butternut squash, cooked do an al dente finish.

Skillet full of succatash ingredients.
This succotash recipe uses lima beans and tomatoes for a base.

What is it?

Succotash was made popular during the great depression. Featuring a couple of grains and legumes, succotash is an economical way of feeding a family and providing all of the essential amino acids. These are the important building blocks for the dietary protein that your body needs for healthy growth and development.

What’s in it?

Succotash normally contains a combination of Lima beans and corn, but it is often supplemented with other vegetables such as:

  • Okra
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Green pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash

Other versions of succotash use some hardier ingredients like

  • Bacon
  • Salt pork
  • Cream

Can Succotash be Served Cold?

We love to eat our succotash leftovers the next day as a cold salad for lunch. A cold glass of lemonade and plate of this help to make a perfect summer day at our house!

Can you Freeze Succotash?

Yes, you can freeze succotash.

  • After completely cool, wrap it up, air-tight, and store in your freezer for up to 12 months.

Plate of succotash topped with chicken breast.

High in protein, fiber, and flavor, this summer chicken with succotash is a budget-friendly meal that you will want to serve over and over again. As a bonus, you can make it all in under 30 minutes.

What’s not to love about that?!  Give this one a try and be sure and let us know how you like it.

Dan from Platter Talk standing in the kitchen.


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Summer Succotash

4.25 from 4 votes
This healthy chicken breast recipe features a side of succotash made with fresh seasonal vegetables.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 People


  • 16 oz chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, chopped fresh
  • 2 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped fresh
  • 1 cup butternut squash, finely diced
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup lima beans, frozen or canned (drained)
  • 1 /2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Finely chop garlic, rosemary and parsley and then place in a shallow bowl. Divide chicken breasts into two 8 oz portion. Take chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel. Next, season the chicken breasts with the freshly chopped herbs. Use palms of hands to press the herbs into the meat.
  • Using a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high setting. Add chicken breasts and sear for about 3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover skillet. Continue to cook for about 15 minutes until chicken is done.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare the succotash. Using a large skillet, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat. The squash will take the longest to cook and so add the squash to the pan first. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the squash, you want it to be firm with a very light crunch to it at the end. Add corn and Lima beans and cook until warm and tender. Salt and pepper to taste
  • When both the chicken and the succotash are finished cooking, plate the succotash and serve the chicken on top of it.


Convert this to a vegetarian succotash by substituting tofu for the chicken breasts.


Calories: 650kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 58g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 282mg, Potassium: 1730mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 7710IU, Vitamin C: 22.7mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 3.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. Hi Dan, Your recipe sounds great! I’ve been trying to think of something to substitute for the chicken besides tofu to make it vegan. Or maybe just leave it out. I also thought about adding avocado. What do you think?

    1. Hey Darla! Thanks for the nice feedback! I think avocado would rock this healthy combo! Let me know how it turns out, please!

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy! What a perfect recipe for summer. I love the herbs and flavors you used for this. I am going to have to try this one soon. Thanks for sharing! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  3. 5 stars
    What a wonderful dish. Fresh herbs are so fantastic to use to enhance the flavors in this succotash! And who doesn’t love saying the name succotash?!