Chicken and Kale Sauté Recipe (With Parmesan Cheese)

updated Aug 29, 2023
Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
A quick and easy one-skillet dinner that fits the bill on weeknights and at dinner parties alike.


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Chicken and kale sauté with Parmesan cheese on a plate with fork besides it
Credit: Joe Lingeman

I believe Parmesan cheese can make nearly anything better. In this case, I am referring to boneless, skinless chicken breasts and kale — two things that can be hard to love sometimes, but trust me when I say you’ll love them here. It’s a chicken and kale recipe that’s comforting and hearty, thanks to the sharp cheese and leafy greens, yet not a touch heavy, due to acidity of the white wine and a splash of lemon juice that finishes it off.

This one-skillet dinner feels both wholesome and special, which makes this a meal that fits the bill on any ol’ weeknight (like this chicken, kale, and sweet potato sheet pan meal) but also when you feel like pulling out the cloth napkins and pouring yourself a glass of that wine.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

A Wholesome Meal for Family Dinners and Dinner Parties

These are often ingredients that are brought to the table when you want your family to eat a good meal or quick chicken and kale stir-fry or even chicken sliders with braised kale, but rarely are they shown off at a more dimly lit gathering on a Saturday night with friends. This recipe can play both roles, as it’s fast enough to be tossed together on a Tuesday, but fancy enough to impress whoever you may have invited over. The best part about it is that it’s light enough that everyone at your table will still have plenty of room for dessert.

The Best Wine to Cook With and Drink

If you’re going to pop open a bottle of white wine to make this chicken sauté, might as well make it one that’s worthy sipping while you’re cooking and then sitting down to eat. For this, I like a dry Chenin Blanc. The white grape varietal has high acidity and a touch of natural sweetness that settles the earthiness of the kale as it cooks down. And it’s a cool, crisp accompaniment to the chicken dinner when you’re digging in to it.

Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté

A quick and easy one-skillet dinner that fits the bill on weeknights and at dinner parties alike.

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 1 1/2 pounds

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, diced

  • 3 cloves

    garlic, minced

  • Pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1

    large bunch flat-leaf kale (about 12 ounces), stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 cup

    dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup

    grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  2. Add the onion, garlic, and pepper flakes to the skillet. Sauté until the onions are starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the kale, wine, and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the kale is just tender.

  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet. Add the Parmesan and lemon juice and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.