Lemony Braised Chicken and Kale for every weeknight dinner from now till Kingdom cooooome.
I’ve got something to tell ya. I’ve got news for you. <- Vengaboys reference, anyone? Yeeeer welcome.
You look like you could use a drumstick. That’s my news.
I’ve been meaning to share one of my favorite dinner recipes from that cookbook I wrote…have you heard of it? Let Them Eat Kale!? Word has it, there’s 75 recipes and all the things kale inside. But no kale brownies. Because chocolate + beets = bueno, but chocolate + kale = blarf.
Anyhoo, the Lemony Braised Chicken and Kale recipe from the book was one of my favorites, and can be made on any weeknight. Get your protein, get your fiber, save your sugars for all the black bean brownies to be consumed post-meal.
One of my friends and her boyfriend have made this recipe a staple on their menu. It warms my heart every time she tells me she made my lemony chicken, plus her love and devotion to the recipe essentially means it has been tested 18 trillion times. So you can be rest assured that this thing will sit pleasantly in your mouth and belly.
Do you ever eat straight up kale by sauteing, steaming, or braising it? Just allow the dang leaf to shine, rather than hiding it in a smoothie or pancakes? I’m partial to simple slam bam-you-in-the-face kale recipes, and my favorite add-ins are garlic and lemon. So simple, so scrumptious. This is how whole heads of kale disappear before your very mouth.
Since braising is a cooking method that uses both dry heat and wet heat, we pan-sear the chicken and then add it to an oven safe pot (such as a Dutch oven), along with kale sauteed with onion, delicious white vino, chicken broth, and lemon juice. We cover, we bake, we conquer.
When I braise chicken, I like to use a whole dang chicken. The meat will turn out more tender (tenderer? Tenderest? Tinder? Swipe right? Anyhoo.) when it’s seared and braised with skin and bones versus boneless skineless cuts. If you do decide to go the boneless, skinless route, be careful to not over-cook the chicken so that it doesn’t dry out. Dried out chicken does not a sexy meal make #ProTip.
Because gnawing on bone-in chicken is both fun and delicious.