Balsamic Chicken with Spinach and Kale

April 27, 2010 · 25 comments

in chicken/poultry,dairy-free,healthy,quick and easy

Here’s a very healthy meal to combat my prior calorie-laden post.  I got this recipe from my Ellie Krieger cookbook, The Food You Crave (which I recommend if you are looking for a cookbook full of healthful recipes).  It’s not that different from other things I’ve made – I am, after all, the queen of making chicken with some sort of pan sauce – but it’s tasty and incredibly easy.  It combines a whole grain, green vegetable, and lean protein all in one and takes no time to make.

The original recipe calls for serving this with baby spinach and couscous, but I decided to use up some leftover greens I had from spanakopita (spinach/kale/leeks) as well as bulgur, since we were out of couscous (and I actually like bulgur a little better). I also cooked the garlic with the sauce, rather than with the chicken, and made a few other changes.  This is a tasty, healthy weeknight meal.

Balsamic Chicken with Spinach and Kale

Serves 2
Heavily adapted from
Ellie Krieger

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
8 oz. greens (I used a mix of spinach, kale and leeks)
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup diced tomatoes with juice
2 cups cooked whole wheat couscous or bulgur

Heat a saute pan over medium heat.  Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, and then add to the hot oil to cook through.  Set aside.

Add the kale/spinach and some salt and pepper to taste to the same pan, and cook until wilted.  Set aside.

Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant.  Stir in the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add the tomatoes.  Season the sauce to taste and simmer 3-4 minutes (adding chicken back at the end, if necessary, to warm). Serve the chicken, kale, and sauce over bulgur or couscous.

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Kierstan April 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Oh yum! I am for sure making this for dinner tomorrow!


Banana Wonder April 28, 2010 at 1:10 am

Love those greens you got in ze mix! I have never made bulgar before but it looks like a nice bed there.


bellini valli April 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

There is everything I love in one plate.


Mary April 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

This looks great, and I like you, prefer bulgur to couscous.


Jade April 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

This looks fantastic. I am adding to my menu soon.


Erin April 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to try it soon!


Mary Ellen April 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I love this recipe and it’s so quick and easy to pull together! I also love pan sauces for chicken – it’s my favorite way to cook chicken! Hope you are doing well :)


Julie April 29, 2010 at 12:07 am

Definitely bookmarking this. We need to get more greens in and this looks like a delicious way to do it.


brannyboilsover April 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

This is a great recipe. Kale is so underrated.


Nina Timm May 1, 2010 at 7:15 am

I love your easy recipes. A few ingredients, but it looks so tasty. I often make your Mongolian Beef, yummee!!!


Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What a tasty looking meal! I like all of the vibrant colours and the flavours!


Kerstin May 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This is right up our alley – tasty and healthy with the greens mixed in :) I love couscous but have never tried bulgur and definitely need to.


tobias cooks! May 2, 2010 at 4:09 am

Looks tasty and juicy. I love balsamic vinegar when it is used in cooking. This is on my list for monday.


Sophie May 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

I love a rich balsamic, and this looks right up my alley! Especially with the leeks, love them!


Juliana May 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Oh! I love balsamic, it sure gives the chicken a very nice flavor…great photo as well :-)


Maria May 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Looks flavorful and healthy! I’ve been on an “unhealthy” spree lately and need to get back to more dishes like this.


katie March 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I made this tonight (just did a search for “chicken kale”) It was great, so pretty on the plate. thank you!


elly March 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Glad you liked it, Katie!


Beth June 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I just got kale in our CSA box for the first time. I think I’m going to try it out with this recipe!


Julianna January 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Made this last night for dinner with whole wheat Israeli couscous – my 5 year old son thought it was absolutely fabulous – and so did we! Definitely being added to the rotation.


elly January 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Glad to hear it, Julianna!


Sharon May 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Love the recipe! So healthy. Added garbanzo beans at the end as I was cooking down the liquid from the broth and tomatoes. Delish! Also added ground flaxseed to the couscous for additional nutrition! Lovely!


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