Sauteed Kale with Grilled Chicken
I know, I know, yet another meal with kale. What can I say, once I learned how to cook it and make it taste wonderful, I became obsessed. Plus the health benefits are hard to ignore. I paired some fresh kale with some chicken and tri-colored green beans and it hit the spot for a healthy and fulfilling clean eating dinner. I got my chicken from Costco, so I defrosted a breast over night and sliced in half long ways because it is too large for me to eat in one sitting.
4-5 fresh full leaves of kale, leaves stripped off from stem, washed and dried (or 2 cups of frozen or fresh kale that has been pre-chopped)
1 chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
15 green beans, multi colored
1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
3 tablespoons of olive oil
First, strip your kale leaves off the stem, shred into your desire sizes and wash in a colander under cold water. Remove and dry on a paper towel to get all the water off the leaves.
Add your washed kale to a pan with one tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure to constantly stir and coat the kale in the oil. Add salt and pepper, and cook for 3-5 minutes. The longer you cook the kale in olive oil, the crispier the edges will become. Once cooked, remove to a plate.
In the same pan you cooked the kale in, add your trimmed and washed green beans and add another tablespoon of oil. There may be residual oil left over from the kale, so eye ball it about the amount of oil you need to add to the pan. After 5 minutes of cooking the green beans over medium high heat, add the garlic, some salt and pepper and cook another 3-4 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the heat and set on the plate.
Add the last tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Place both halves of the chicken breast to the pan. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. Cook the chicken for 7 minutes on one side over medium high heat, then flip for another 4 minutes, making sure your chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove from the heat and set on a cutting board to allow the meat to rest for a few minutes. Once it has rested, place your chicken over kale and ENJOY!
MEG'S AFTERTHOUGHTS: IF you wanted to make this spicy, add some red pepper flakes on to the kale before it is finished cooking. Adds a hint of a kick and goes great with the chicken.