Crispy Seared Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Kale & Seared Shiitake Mushrooms, Healthy Eye Candy

Crispy Seared Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Kale & Seared Shiitake Mushrooms, Healthy Eye Candy post image

I recently heard that the three most googled food items as of late are chicken, kale and quinoa, which came as no surprise to me at all. These are popular items, items that are not only figure-friendly and healthy, but ones that most members of a family will eat if prepared in a tasty way. After the holiday months, I begin developing a real taste for clean, simple and savory flavors, and crave preparing dishes that are different from the richer and heavier meals, at least every once in a while. Last year’s Chicken & Toasted Quinoa Bowls with Veggies were a hit after all of the holiday indulging, and so this season I thought I’d put a couple of the most searched for foods together in a new and irresistible way. You want chicken? Check. You want kale? You got it.

Crispy Seared Chicken

Crispy Seared Chicken

I love getting lost looking at those succulent and creatively eye-catching chicken dishes that so often appear in the pages of some of my favorite food magazines. And though some of those “eye-candy” recipes can look a bit daunting and complex due to some amazing food styling, they’re often quite easy to prepare, really, because they contain a fairly short list of good ingredients brimming with lots of great flavor, color and texture. Dishes like that with their glossy greens, herbs and other bits piled high are probably my favorite, because they have that air of “rustic elegance” about them, something that I find pretty irresistible when it comes to food. I love the simple and sharp flavors of wine, garlic, clean greens and woody shiitake mushrooms; and I love the burst of a warm, juicy and mildly spicy roasted Roma tomato topped with a little bit of crispy panko and parmesan in my mouth, as well. It’s taking the best of what is simple and good for you, and creating a colorful and boldly flavored wintery chicken dish. It’s “eye candy” with benefits of the healthy variety.

Crispy Seared Chicken

Crispy Seared Chicken

So here you find yourself, scrolling through photos of a succulent chicken and kale dish. Perhaps you were someone searching for a new chicken or kale recipe, funny enough; or perhaps it was your nose following that savory aroma emanating from these photos that led you here (“Smell-A-Blog”, anyone?). Either way, looks like your search for a delicious chicken and/or kale dish may just be over.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


Crispy Seared Chicken

Crispy Seared Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Kale & Shiitake Mushrooms in Wine, with Spicy Roasted Roma Tomatoes
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(Serves 4)


• 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise to create 4 thinner cutlets
• Olive oil
• Salt
• Black pepper
• 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press, divided use
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 8 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
• 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
• Pinch (or two) red pepper flakes
• 1 cup, panko breadcrumbs, divided use
• ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons, grated parmesan cheese, divided use
• 7-8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, slices thinly
• ¼ cup white wine
• 2 heaping cups Tuscan kale, finely chopped or shredded


-Preheat the oven to 375°, and line a baking sheet with foil.

-Marinate the chicken cutlets by adding them to a bowl along with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, a couple of pinches of salt and pepper, 2 cloves worth of the pressed garlic, and the lemon juice; toss to combine and coat, and set aside for a few minutes.

-Add the halved Roma tomatoes to a large bowl, and toss them with the balsamic vinegar, 1-2 tablespoons of the olive oil, a couple of pinches of salt and black pepper, and the pinch or two of red pepper flakes; turn them out onto the foil-lined baking sheet, cut-side up.

-Prepare a topping for the tomatoes by mixing together in a bowl ¼ cup of the panko breadcrumbs, the 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan and about 1 teaspoon of olive oil; sprinkle this topping over the tomatoes, and roast them until tender but not mushy, about 20-22 minutes.

-While the tomatoes are roasting, mix together the remaining ¾ cup of panko breadcrumbs along with the remaining ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, and add it to a large plate or shallow dish; press each chicken cutlet in the mixture firmly, and shake off any excess; repeat until all cutlets are coated.

-To sear the chicken, place a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat, and add in about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil; once hot, sear the chicken breasts (working in batches of two, if necessary) for about 4-5 minutes on the first side, or until golden-brown, and about 3 minutes on the second side, or until cooked through; remove the cutlets to a plate, and keep warm.

-With the heat still on medium/ medium-high under that same skillet, add in the shiitake mushrooms, and saute them for about 5-6 minutes, or until nicely browned and seared; next, add in the wine and deglaze the pan, allowing the wine to almost reduce completely.

-Add in the kale, and stir to combine with the mushrooms; saute for a minute or two, then add in the remaining 2 cloves of garlic, stir to combine, and once the garlic becomes aromatic, turn off the heat; taste and add a pinch or two of salt and pepper, to season.

-To serve, add some of the mushroom and kale mixture to the plate as a bed, and top with a crispy seared chicken breast; or, top the chicken breast with some of the mixture, and add two, spicy roasted Roma tomato halves.

{ 18 comments… add one }

  • rebecca January 22, 2014, 1:32 pm

    This sounds (and looks!) amazing! I love that it’s all cooked in the same pan. What a perfect, easy weekday meal. And great photos! Mt mouth is watering! -Rebecca

  • Katherine January 23, 2014, 8:41 am

    Mmmm. I’m excited about this one. Planning to try it this weekend!

    • The Cozy Apron January 23, 2014, 12:05 pm

      That’s great, Katherine – if you do, please let me know how things turn out for you!

  • Liz January 23, 2014, 9:15 am

    A lovely recipe. I do enjoy all your recipes. You’re so professional in your presentation and write-ups. Thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron January 23, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Liz, thank you; it’s truly my pleasure. I appreciate your readership, and am very happy that you’re enjoying the recipes & posts!

  • Katie January 24, 2014, 5:02 am

    Do I need to put the chicken in the oven?

    • The Cozy Apron January 24, 2014, 1:36 pm

      Hi Katie, no – just sear them in the pan as directed. Because they are thinner, they cook pretty quickly.

  • Meg March 27, 2014, 11:46 am

    I’m going to attempt this one for tomorrow night (a friend of mine will be my guinea pig!) It looks so good and healthy!! Thank you for your lovely recipes!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 27, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Hi Meg! How fun—and how wonderful that you’re friend is going to be the “test” subject, haha! Actually, she’ll most likely end up having a happy belly full of good food. Hope you enjoy preparing (AND eating, of course) this recipe! :-)

      • Meg March 29, 2014, 9:37 am

        I made this dish and it was excellent! It was so delicious and my friend loved it! I will definitely be making this one again. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Thank you again. I’m so happy that I’ve found your site. It’s nice to try new dishes with ingredients that are new to me. Keep up the wonderful work!

        • The Cozy Apron March 29, 2014, 5:30 pm

          Meg, I’m really so glad that you came back to let me know how it all went; I didn’t want to ask you to, but I was hoping you would! So excited for you that this turned out well, and that you, indeed, found the site. Hope you try many more dishes!

  • Josh April 30, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Excellent AND healthy! I’m no dynamo in the kitchen, but this looked delicious so I figured I’d give it a try. My girlfriend and I both loved it! Thank you.

    • The Cozy Apron May 2, 2014, 1:16 pm

      Well, hey Josh! You know, you may just be more of a “dynamo” cook than you think! :-) What a wonderful thing to prepare this meal for both you and your girlfriend to enjoy; very sweet! Thanks for sharing your experience, and glad you both enjoyed!

  • Kathleen June 19, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I didn’t have chicken breasts, but I used boneless skinless chicken thighs (which I flattened into “cutlets). I left the oil out of the marinade because I thought the thighs had more fat, but I don’t think it was necessary to do so. Since it’s now summer, and I didn’t want to use the oven, I made a quick tomato salad because I wanted to have that pop of color on the plate. Delicious. Beautiful. Healthy. <3

  • Sara January 7, 2015, 5:21 pm

    This was SO good and so easy to make! Next time I’m doubling the recipe so I can have more leftovers!

  • The Cozy Apron January 7, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Sara, that’s great! Glad you enjoyed. And yes, extras or leftovers are perfect for this, so doubling up next time is a good idea!

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