Chicken Over Warm Kale and Asparagus Salad

January 8th, 2014

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To continue the Greens of Winter theme, I made this flavorful and simple chicken dish that utilizes convenient store-bought products.  It was a featured recipe in Publix’s Aprons Simple Meal Program.  Every week they feature recipes from products on their aisles.  All of the ingredients are gathered at the cooking station so that, if, after sampling the dish and it is to your liking, you can gather all of the ingredients to make it; all in one place.  Genius!

Chicken over Warm Kale ingredients


Here are the major players in the dish.  I forgot to include the red wine vinegar and the sugar, but you get the general idea.  The Aprons Program is a wonderful idea for harried cooks and working families who have very little time to shop, but still want to serve their families home-cooked meals.  This was almost just as simple as ordering a pizza or stopping for take-out chinese food.  Nutritionally there is no contest. It is low in fat and full of healthy ingredients.

Chicken over warm kale V2

The only addition I made to this meal was a pot of mashed potatoes.  A brown and wild rice mix would also be good.  I think we are off to a great start in the New Year.


1 ( 3 oz ) package shallots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb fresh asparagus spears
1 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/4 teaspoon garlic/herb seasoning, divided
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 pint grape tomatoes
3 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 ( 5 oz ) container kale salad blend
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

PREP: Chop shallots and basil.  Cut asparagus into 1-inch long pieces, removing tough root end.

1. Preheat large saute pan on medium-high 2-3 minutes.  Season chicken with 1 teaspoon garlic/herb seasoning (wash hands).  Place oil in pan, then add chicken; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned.

2. Reduce heat to low.  Stir in tomatoes and shallots; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes are softened.

3. Combine vinegar and sugar, then stir into tomato mixture; cook 8-10 minutes, turning chicken occasionally, or until liquid has reduced by about one-half and chicken is 165 degrees F.  Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes to rest.

4. Stir kale, basil, asparagus, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon seasoning into tomato mixture; cook 1 minute or until salad is wilted.  Transfer salad to serving plates; slice chicken and arrange on top of salad.  Sprinkle with cheese; serve.  Serves 4.

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9 responses to “Chicken Over Warm Kale and Asparagus Salad”

  1. Larry says:

    Very good looking and healthy meal Penny – I need to eat more like this.

  2. Cathy at Wives with Knives says:

    I recently discovered kale and now want to put it in everything. I need to add more recipes like this to the menu, especially after over indulging during the holidays. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    That sounds wonderful and very healthy! I was really bad tonight and made deep fried buffalo chicken tenders….bad….me…

  4. Lemon Tart says:

    This sounds so delicious and healthy.

    Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

  5. Sam Hoffer says:

    What a pretty dish Penny and so healthy too. The Publix Aprons program is amazing.

  6. Barbara Williams says:

    I’ve never heard of the Aprons Program, Penny. Perhaps my small Publix doesn’t do it, but will check the bigger one when next I go. Nice healthy dish and it’s a super idea.
    Happy New Year to you too!

  7. Susan says:

    What a great way to use kale! I prefer kale when it’s warm and slightly softer so this sounds wonderful and delicious to me. What a great program at your store!

  8. katiezel says:

    I don’t see kale here, and asparagus won’t appear for a few more months…. But when it does, maybe with spinach…..

  9. L.A. Brown says:

    Boy this is just what the Dr. ordered. Great recipe Penny.

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