Whoa. This is a very delicious recipe. I followed it exactly and found the flavor to be just right. The chicken was falling off the bone, and the kale was also very tender-- perfect for people who are new to kale and/or think they don't like it. Admittedly, after braising for over an hour, the kale loses its bright green color, but it also loses all bitterness and when combined with the fire roasted tomatoes and cooked down, actually tastes a little sweet. I agree that is is not food for company-- not because it doesn't taste good enough (it does), but mostly because it isn't the prettiest dish you'll ever make. Regardless, it is homey, simple, and delicious... probably one of the best things you'll whip up on a Wednesday this winter.
Braised Chicken with Kale
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cjc2472 Posted: 11/02/11
srwfromorange Posted: 10/23/11
Very good recipe, but I made a few changes. First I used all chicken thighs, 6 of them ,& then, I added a small amount of pancetta, & decreased the amount of oil to compensate, & browned the chicken in the combo of drippings & oil. And I found that it took a bit longer (maybe 5 min per side) to brown the chicken. I served it with mashed potatoes,the meat was falling off the bone of the chicken & the sauce had thickened up & bit & was great on the potatoes pure comfort food. I dont think it would be fancy enough for a dinner party, it seemed to be more of a family type dinner, but my husband says its a "keeper". BTW, I found precut kale at Trader Joes but only in a 10oz pkg, it worked fine, there was plenty of kale, but I will buy regular kale next time & trim it better, there were quite a few tough & bitter stem ends on the packaged stuff
skspillman Posted: 12/03/11
This is very good. The chicken is moist and falls right off the bone, and the kale loses all of its bitterness as well. I used 2 bunches of kale instead of pre-cut (I agree with the previous reviewer that pre-cut kale sometimes includes too many tough stem pieces). I cooked 6 pieces of bacon in the Dutch oven instead of using the canola oil, then set the bacon aside. After following the rest of the recipe to the letter, I crumbled three pieces of bacon and added them to the chicken when it was done, and added the other three pieces of bacon to some blue cheese mashed potatoes to serve as a side. The meal was homey and yummy--easy for a fall night, though the time in the oven is time-consuming.
nallix Posted: 12/04/11
I couldn't find any kale and used some collard greens instead. The long cooking time and braising took the bitter out of the greens and make them almost sweet. The chicken was incredibly tender, almost falling off the bone when I took them out of the Dutch oven.
reneemdi Posted: 02/01/12
This is easy and delicious. My kids were licking the plate and asking for more! I also bought a bunch of kale instead of the pre-packaged but otherwise followed the recipe. Yum!
kimsiler52 Posted: 02/26/12
Easy comfort food. Has become a favorite meal.
Madeleinesnana Posted: 02/28/12
Rather blah. Adding more spices would help. Very tender and an easy recipe.
dianemasset Posted: 09/29/12
Great meal! Freezes well. It is my daughter's favorite. I used chicken thighs and less broth.
iamtheXOXXI Posted: 01/14/13
Very easy, very tasty. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which end up shredding in the stew and stored well. Pretty versatile, the basic recipe could be used with different spice blends.
Jay46hat Posted: 08/27/12
Used tomatoes with garlic, so omitted garlic. Probably would use one clove of garlic with the garlic in tomatoes next time. Great recipe not a lot of preparation.
kkthecook Posted: 02/24/13
Outstanding. I would not change a thing. It would be a great company meal as once it's put together and into the oven, it fills the house with yummy aromas and does not need any attention. I served with cornbread.
farrellja Posted: 08/15/12
This is what my tastebuds really like... so I gave it 5 stars. I did add more spices though than it recommended. I didn't cut up some of my kale... cut up would have been better so be sure to do that part.
EleanorCook Posted: 04/06/13
I used a can of Rotel instead of plain tomatoes which gave it a nice kick!
ahatfield Posted: 02/26/13
What a fantastic winter dish. I made the mistake of omitting the splash of vinegar this time, and will be sure to remember it for next time. It was delicious and homey without it, but I think the vinegar would have really made it pop. It made for tasty leftovers too, but I think I'd shred the leftover chicken off the bone before reheating - the bones just didn't look very appetizing on the next day.