Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and Kale Salad: A Refreshing Mediterranean-Inspired Recipe

Oct 24, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

30 minutes
30 minutes

Every mouthwatering dish has a story worth savoring. The origins of lemon chicken can be traced back to the sunny Mediterranean coast, where the tangy citrus paired with succulent chicken has been enjoyed for centuries. Inspired by the flavors of this timeless classic, I decided to create a dish that celebrates the vibrant essence of lemon and combines it with wholesome greens. Join me as we embark on a culinary adventure, exploring the marriage of flavors in this Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and a Kale Salad recipe.

Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and Kale Salad


For the Lemon Chicken:
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 2 lemons, zested and juiced
– 4 cloves of garlic, minced
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Broccoli:

– 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
– Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Kale Salad:

– 4 cups of kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
– 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
– 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking InstructionsInstructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Whisk the ingredients together until they form a well-incorporated marinade.

3. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them, making sure to coat all sides. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but ideally, let it sit for longer in the refrigerator to develop deeper flavors.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the broccoli by arranging the florets on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over them and sprinkle them with garlic powder, red pepper flakes (if desired), salt, and pepper. Toss the broccoli gently to evenly distribute the seasoning.

5. Roast the broccoli in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until it is tender and starts to slightly char at the edges.

6. While the broccoli is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, letting any excess marinade drip off, and add them to the skillet. Brown each side for around 3-4 minutes until they develop a golden crust.

7. Once the chicken is browned, transfer the skillet to the oven and let the chicken cook for an additional 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

8. As the chicken finishes cooking, assemble the kale salad. In a large bowl, combine the torn kale leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries. Dress the salad with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Massage the dressing into the kale leaves gently, allowing them to soften and absorb the flavors.

9. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes to retain its juiciness before slicing it into medallions.

10. Plate the Lemon Chicken alongside the roasted broccoli, and serve it with a generous helping of the vibrant Kale Salad.

Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and Kale Salad Plate

Tips and Variations:

– For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a sprinkle of lemon zest over the finished dish before serving.
– If you prefer your broccoli with a bit of crunch, reduce the roasting time to around 15 minutes.
– Feel free to substitute the kale with other leafy greens, such as spinach or arugula, if desired.
– Add toasted pine nuts or sliced almonds to the kale salad for extra texture and richness.

This Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and Kale Salad recipe captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine with its vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients. As you take your first bite, savor the harmonious blend of tangy lemon, succulent chicken, roasted broccoli, and refreshing kale. Allow these flavors to transport you to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean, where kitchens are alive with the joy of cooking and the pleasure of sharing incredible meals with loved ones. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
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Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Sugars 9g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 205%
Calcium 27% Iron 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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