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The key to this healthy salad is chilling it before serving, which allows the kale to break down and the flavors to meld together. Slideshow:  More Salads with Chicken Recipes 

August 2013


Credit: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Recipe Summary

45 mins


Poached Chicken
Kale Salad


Poach the Chicken
  • Rinse off the chicken breasts. Fill a medium stockpot with water and add the herbs, bay leaf, garlic, salt and peppercorns to the pot. Bring the water to a boil and add the chicken breasts.

  • Return the water to a boil and then lower heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid and keep the chicken in the hot water for another 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

  • Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and shred, slice or cut. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, Make the Salad
  • Wash the kale, remove stems and chop into bite-sized pieces.

  • In a large bowl, combine the kale, apricots, walnuts and chicken. Set aside.

  • In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, brown sugar and season with salt and pepper.

  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. Chill and serve.