I went grocery shopping today and stumbled upon a new and exciting find: black kale. Kale is one of my absolute favourite greens, so I couldn’t believe my discovery! I also couldn’t believe I’d never seen any other variety of kale before… Needless to say, I snatched a bunch up and headed home, my head full of possibilities.
The black kale is more of a deep purple colour, and — as I soon discovered — turns a very dark purply green after it has been cooked. In terms of flavour, it is a bit earthier and sharper than green varieties of kale, but you can still definitely recognize the distinct, bitter fresh flavour that is characteristic of kale.
After carefully considering my options, I combined chopped kale, fresh goat feta, and sundried tomato pesto and stuffed a huge chicken breast full of the mixture before popping it into the oven. I could hardly wait the 45 minutes it took to bake the chicken, I was so excited, but it was well worth the wait!
The chicken breast was tender and juicy, and the feta gave each mouthful a pleasant salty flavour. The kale was soft and the sundried tomato pesto fresh and tangy. The combination of ingredients was as close to perfect as it gets, if I may say so myself!
The best part is that I have lots of it left over. I am sooo excited for my lunch tomorrow!
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Black Kale and Feta
for 2 people (or one, plus leftovers!)
1 large skinless chicken breast
1 generous handful black or green kale
fresh goat feta
1 tsp sundried tomato pesto
a pinch of poultry seasoning
freshly cracked black pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 350º.
2. Wash the kale and pat it dry. Chop the leaves into 1/2-inch thick pieces, then place in a microwaveable bowl, cover with a plate, and steam briefly, only 30 seconds to 1 minute, to wilt them a bit. This will help when you mix it with the other stuffing ingredients.
3. Crumble the feta cheese into small pieces and add to the kale. Stir in the sundried tomato pesto until the mixture is uniform.
4. Cut open the chicken breast lengthwise, keeping one side attached (if you were to open up your chicken, it would look like a butterfly). Spoon the kale mixture into the crease and fold the top of the breast over the filling. You may need to use your hands to get all of the kale into the breast. If you do, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything else.
5. Place the stuffed chicken breast in an oven-proof dish (I used a square glass pyrex dish) and sprinkle with poultry seasoning and fresh black pepper. Cover the dish with foil. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 30-45 minutes. Serve with your choice of sides: rice, a side salad, potatoes, crusty bread, or steamed vegetables… the options are endless!