About a year ago this dish took my kale virginity. My mom made a slightly different version of it in the hopes to get me to fall in love with kale and it definitely worked. Since then I have tweaked the recipe to accommodate whatever random vegetables I have in my fridge. This is the first time I have ever put Brussels sprouts and broccolini in the mixture. I think it turned out even better than before.


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 2-4

2-3 chicken thighs
1 bag of Trader Joe’s chopped kale
1 bag of Trader Joe’s shredded Brussels sprouts
5-10 broccolini
1 container of Trader Joe’s diced onions, garlic and shallots
1 lemon
1 cup of white wine or chicken broth (Tip: use whatever you have laying around. Water works too.)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt, pepper and thyme to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
2. Coat a baking dish with olive oil and place the kale on bottom.


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3. Drizzle olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic and shallots. Then add chicken thighs and brown for about 5 minutes on each side.


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4. Add broccolini, shredded Brussels sprouts, chicken stock/white wine and lemon juice over the sautéed onions and chicken. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then place on top of kale. (Tip: don’t have broccolini or Brussels sprouts? Use any veggies you have in the fridge. I’ve used broccoli, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes.)


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5. Place thinly sliced lemons on top of the chicken.
6. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.


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Now that you have a yummy dinner packed with plenty of protein & veggies, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.