Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry with Kale


Healthy kale, chicken breasts and bright lemon flavor combine to make a wonderful and fresh stir-fry, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Plus:  More Chicken Recipes 

Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry with Kale
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 bunch kale, destemmed and chopped

  • Zest of one lemon

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then stir in the onions and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the onions are soft.

  2. Add the chicken, stirring occasionally until the chicken is lightly browned and nearly cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the kale and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the kale is softened.

  3. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar and smoked paprika. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

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