Chicken, Kale and Penne Pasta
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This light pasta dish is a work and school night favorite at our house, mostly for its great flavors. It’s got herby chicken, kale — tender and chewy — a hint of red pepper, some good, salty Parm, and plenty of lemon. It’s a one-pot wonder, and in the midst of a nutty week, we can all appreciate a dish that lets us scoot in and out of the kitchen with a minimum amount of prep and dishes.
It’s also a dish that we feel great about eating! It’s a fresh and beautifully balanced meal with just the right amount of protein, grains, and veggies.
Our tip: You’ll see that we’ve used Gelson’s prepared lemon-herb chicken breasts in this recipe. They’re a great cheat because their flavors are so complementary to the recipe — and they shave about 40 minutes off your prep, not to mention a roasting pan. You’ll find the breasts in our rotisserie chicken grab-and-go case.
2 Tbsp Napa Valley organic olive oil, divided
1 large organic onion, chopped
8 organic garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 ½ lb organic kale, ribbed and torn
2 Gelson's prepared lemon-herb chicken breasts, skin removed, diced
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup hot water, divided
1 ⅓ cup Barilla ProteinPLUS Penne Pasta
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tsp grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it is golden yellow, about 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and stir the kale into the onion. Cook for another 3 minutes, or until the kale begins to wilt.
- Stir in the chicken, salt, red pepper flakes, and a ½ cup of the hot water. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cook for another 5 minutes, and then add the remaining hot water and cook until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the penne according to the package directions, omitting salt. Reserve a ½ cup of the cooking water before you drain it.
- Add the pasta, reserved cooking water, and lemon juice to the kale and chicken and toss.
- Transfer to a large bowl and serve with Parmesan cheese on the side.
Each 2 ½-cup serving contains:
- Calories 460
- Fat 13 g
- Saturated Fat 3 g
- Trans Fat 0 g
- Cholesterol 90 mg
- Sodium 290 g
- Total Carbohydrate 45 g
- Dietary Fiber 6 g
- Sugars 3 g
- Protein 43 g
- Vitamin A 524% DV
- Vitamin C 354% DV
- Calcium 30% DV
- Iron 26% DV