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Apple Healthy Chicken Kale Salad Recipe

This kale salad recipe is healthy and oh-so-easy to prepare! The poached chicken is tender and the apple dressing is amazing.

Apple Healthy Chicken Kale Salad Recipe

When the weather is cool, it can feel like we run out of exciting ways to serve veggies that still fill us up.

Never fear, this gorgeous kale salad recipe is fresh, delicious, and full of goodness! Tender kale and cabbage slaw, freeze dried apple crisps, and chicken with a yummy cider vinaigrette. So tasty.

I’ve used poached chicken here for my protein. Once you have poached chicken, you will never go back!

It’s so juicy and filled with flavor from apple cider, bay leaves, and peppercorns that you can’t ever have dried-out boiled or grilled chicken breasts again. Seriously, it takes a little extra time, but it is so worth it.

Kale apple chicken salad

This kale salad recipe is an ideal light dinner course, day-after-Thanksgiving lunch (use turkey breast instead of chicken!), or a great brunch meal to serve to guests over the holiday period.

Chicken Kale Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 bag kale & cabbage slaw (about 8 cups)
  • 1 bag freeze dried apple crisps with skin (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions:

Boiled chicken breasts sitting in water in a pan

Fill pan with water – enough to just cover breasts. Add apple juice, bay leaves, peppercorns, and stock cube.

Boiled chicken breasts in a pan with a lid on top

Bring water to the boil then turn down to a very low simmer. Add chicken breasts, cover tightly with lid, and turn off heat.

Let poach for 17-20 minutes until 165º in the thickest part of the breast.

honey in a mason jar
Apple cider dressing in a mason jar

While the chicken poaches, combine apple cider, cider vinegar, oil, maple syrup, and kosher salt in a jar and then shake thoroughly until the dressing emulsifies.

Divide the kale slaw onto four plates.

Boiled chicken breasts sliced into a bowl with a bowl of kale

Once chicken is cooked, remove from water and pat dry. Slice against the grain and place on top of kale slaw. Divide apple crisps and place on top of salads – then dress with ¼ of the dressing.

kale and apple salad

Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Yield: 4 salads

Healthy Chicken Kale Salad

kale chicken apple salad

This kale salad recipe is healthy and oh-so-easy to prepare! The poached chicken is tender and the apple dressing is amazing.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (large)
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 bag kale & cabbage slaw (about 8 cups)
  • 1 bag freeze dried apple crisps with skin (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Fill pan with water - enough to just cover breasts.
  2. Add apple juice, bay leaves, peppercorns, and stock cube.
  3. Bring water to the boil then turn down to a very low simmer.
  4. Add chicken breasts, cover tightly with lid, and turn off heat.
  5. Let poach for 17 - 20 minutes until 165f in the thickest part of the breast.
  6. While chicken poaches, combine apple cider, cider vinegar, oil, maple syrup and kosher salt in a jar and then shake thoroughly until the dressing emulsifies.
  7. Divide kale slaw onto four plates.
  8. Once chicken is cooked, remove from water and pat dry. Slice against the grain and place on top of kale slaw.
  9. Divide apple crisps and place on top of salads - then dress with ¼ of the dressing.
  10. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 908mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 22g

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