Savory and delicious, Hei Hei Stew (pronounced hey hey) has become a household favourite for Sesame Lane children. Named after the charming character from the hit movie Moana, this wholesome dish is the brainchild of Tanya Ricketts, Sesame Lane’s Head of Marketing. Tanya crafted this recipe one night from what she had in her cupboard at home, hoping it would be a hit with her two picky eaters. Much to her delight, the dish quickly became a popular sensation with her own children and among Sesame Lane’s little ones. Made with a healthy combination of vegetables and protein, Hey Hey Stew is a nourishing meal that provides children with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Tanya Ricketts with her two children.


  • 6 chicken boneless thighs, diced
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 diced brown onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can of black beans drained
  • 1 can corn kernels drained
  • 1 can of tomato passata
  • 1⁄2 packet of Taco seasoning
  • 500gm baby spinach
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 2 stalks of shallots sliced
  • 150gm sour cream
  • Grated cheese to serve
  • Extra chilli (optional)


In a large pan on medium-high heat, add oil then chicken and brown. Now add the onion & garlic and cook until softened.
Mash 1⁄2 of the black beans and set aside, add the rest to the pan, along with the corn, tomato passata, chicken stock and taco seasoning. You can add extra chilli now if you like it hot!
Stir and let simmer for 20 minutes. Now add the baby spinach and mashed black beans and stir while cooking for another 1 minute or so.
Serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream, sprinkle sliced shallots on top.