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Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken Thighs With Kale Salad Recipe

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Chicken thigh with warm kale salad

Chicken thigh with warm kale salad

Honey Lemon Chicken With a Warm Kale Salad

I'll be honest. I was a little underwhelmed by this recipe when I came up with it last week, mainly because I came up with the steak and spiced caramel recipe the same day. Come on, who doesn't like caramel anyway? So I held off on making this recipe until tonight, and man, oh man, was I missing out!

I did make a couple tweaks to my original recipe, with the addition of a tablespoon of butter, carrots, and half a yellow onion, but everything ended up melding together so well that I'll post what actually got made tonight.


  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 1 large lemon
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large kale leaf
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 5 sweet mini peppers
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Sear chicken thighs in a non-stick pan and transfer to cutting board.
  2. In a bowl, add the honey, juice of half a lemon, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Slice chicken into strips and add to the sauce. Stir to coat and allow it to soak in while you prep vegetables.
  4. Roughly chop the kale, slice the celery and carrots into 1/4 inch pieces, large dice the onion, and slice the peppers width-wise.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a small pan on high until butter melts, then reduce heat to low and add vegetables. Toss to coat, cover and let simmer until cooked (10–12 minutes).
  6. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil on medium in the pan used to sear the chicken. Add the chicken and sauce to heated oil and stir frequently until fully cooked (8–10 minutes).
  7. In a blender, combine juice and pulp of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp minced garlic, and a capful of apple cider vinegar (about 1/2 tsp). Blend until smooth and add to vegetables. Cover pan again and toss to coat.
  8. Plate the chicken, reserving sauce in pan. Add vegetables to sauce and stir, then plate vegetables. Plate and serve.

This recipe yields 2 servings.

© 2018 Meri Parker