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Spicy Cocoa Chicken with Crispy Kale
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar packed
1 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 lb. Taste of Inspirations Boneless Chicken Tenders
1 medium bunch kale (about 1/2 lb.)
4 tsp. olive oil, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups cherry tomatoes (1 1/2 pints)
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
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Spicy Cocoa Chicken with Crispy Kale

Spicy Cocoa Chicken with Crispy Kale

Spicy Cocoa Chicken with Crispy Kale
  • Servings:Serves 4
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 baking sheets with vegetable cooking spray.
2. Combine sugar, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and thyme in a resealable bag. Add chicken and toss to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate.
3. Rinse kale and pat dry. Tear the leaves off the thick stems and cut into bite-size pieces. Discard stems. Place leaves in a large bowl and toss with 2 tsp. olive oil and salt. Spread cut leaves on prepared sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crisp; watch carefully to make sure the edges don't burn.
4. Meanwhile, slice cherry tomatoes into halves, place in a medium bowl, and toss with pepper. Set aside. Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix sunflower seeds with tomatoes. Set aside.
5. Wipe out skillet, add remaining 2 tsp. oil, and return to medium-high heat. Add the spice-rubbed chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5minutes per side.
6. To serve, place kale on a plate and top with sliced chicken and tomatoes.
Source: Fresh Magazine March, April 2010