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Ham + Cheese Chicken with Lemon Kale

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Why we love it:

Before ends+stems, Chef Alison did prepared meal delivery and this chicken was one of the best sellers on the menu. It’s super easy to pull off, yet full of complex flavor. Great for a weeknight meal and wonderful for a dinner party because you can make it ahead and serve it hot or closer to room temperature.


  • 1 pound Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless - ideally 1 piece per person but not huge pieces)
  • teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 12 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Lemon (zested and juiced, divided)
  • 12 bunch Green Kale (use the stems in the turkey meatball soup)
  • 12 Yellow Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 14 pound Prosciutto
  • 6 ounces Provolone Cheese (sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. CHICKEN

    Place the chicken on a work surface. If you don’t have 1 piece per person you’ll be serving, you could cut some of the larger pieces in half, either butterfly them or through the center making 2 smaller filets. Or, leave them large and you’ll just slice them before serving, though larger pieces will take longer to cook in the oven.

    Sprinkle the chicken with salt. Use most of it, reserve just a pinch for the kale.

    In a small bowl, stir together the dijon, dried thyme, and lemon zest.

    Evenly spread the dijon mixture over the tops of each chicken breast. Place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked about ¾ of the way through.

  • 3. PREP KALE

    Wash and shake dry the kale. Separate the center stems from the leaves. An easy way to do this is make pincers with your thumb and forefinger and just run them down the stem.

    (*If you are making the soup this week, save the stems for that dish!)
    If you are not making the Turkey Meatball Soup: separate the stems and them slice them into thin rings.

    Tear the leaves into small squares with your hands, or use your knife if easier.

    Slice the onion into thin rings.


    Slide the chicken out of the oven.

    Drape each piece with the prosciutto. Use it all, divided it up evenly. Top with slices of cheese.

    Return the chicken to the oven and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the meat is cooked through. If the pieces are quite thick, you may want to cook them longer.

  • 5. COOK KALE

    Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion (and the kale stems, if using here). Sauté for 3-4 minutes.

    Add the kale leaves and a pinch of salt. Stir to get the leaves wilting over the heat.

    Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir. When the kale is wilted, remove to plates.

  • 6. SERVING

    Divide kale on plates and top with chicken. Slice the chicken breast first and serve a few slices per plate if you don’t have enough breast filets for each plate.

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    omit the cheese and just leave the ham as the top layer
  • PALEO:
    good to go here, just omit the cheese, consider doubling the kale or using larger chicken breast
    deli ham, salami slices, pepperoni slices, canadian bacon, regular bacon - but add this right away and let it cook on the chicken for the first 10 minutes before you add cheese.
  • PORK:
    omit the prosciutto and just add cheese over the dijon mixture.
    mozzarella, havarti, pepperjack, swiss, gruyere. All are great. If you have a block of cheese rather than slices, either grate it or make thin slices
    dice some potatoes for roasting with the chicken if you must have a starch. Or serve over steamed rice, quinoa, or pasta
    add a Tablespoon of mayo to the dijon for extra creaminess
    leave the dijon off and just top with ham and cheese!
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