Crispy Chicken With Toasted Garlic Kale

Crispy Chicken With Toasted Garlic Kale

Real Simple Easy Dinner Photography Con Poulos; Food Styling Chelsea Zimmer , and Prop Styling Claire Spollen
Photography Con Poulos                                –   from Real Simple

This easy oven-baked chicken tastes just like fried chicken—no frying necessary. The chicken thighs achieve maximum crispiness thanks to a coating of bread crumbs and a very hot oven. As the chicken cooks, you’ll make a simple three-ingredient side: sautéed garlic, chopped kale, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Feeding a hungry family? Serve the dish with roasted potatoes, too—simply toss colorful new potatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast alongside the chicken. If you’re hoping to get started on prep over the weekend, stir together the mustard mixture and clean and chop the kale.


Serve with your favorite potatoes, Good with “french” fries (rather baked or fried), sweet potatoes or yumm.. mashed potatoes 😀



  1. ½cup Dijon mustard
  2. ¼teaspoon black pepper
  3. 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  4. 1teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  5. 6skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 lbs.)
  6. 3cups panko bread crumbs
  7. 2teaspoons thinly sliced garlic (2 cloves)
  8. 1bunch Lacinato kale, stems removed, chopped (about 8 oz.)
  9. 1teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  10.  mashed potatoes for serving


.Pomegranate adds a sweet pop to just about any meal…

Sweet corn too!

Oh heck…obviously I just love FOOD period. Whatever your favorites…it’ll go with chicken. ♡




  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Stir together the mustard, pepper, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and ¾ teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. Brush evenly over both sides of the chicken. Place the panko in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the panko and place in a single layer on a wire rack set on an aluminum foil–lined baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add the garlic; cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in the kale and the remaining salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Serve with the chicken and mashed potatoes.