Charcuterie / Hors d'oeuvres

Curried Kale with Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

with Smoked Chicken Breast -

​4 Servings


4 Smoked Chicken Breast

​1/2 cup Olive oil, divided

1 cup cooked Chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup Currants

1 yellow Onion, diced small

1 tbsp. Curry powder

6 sprigs Thyme

3 Bay leaves

1 cup Chicken stock

4 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced

1 Serrano Chile, thinly sliced

1/4 cup Coconut Milk 

1 large bunch Kale, cut into thin strips

1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, cut lengthwise

1 stalk green Onion, cut on a bias


​Toast the chickpeas: preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat the chickpeas in 2 tablespoons olive oil and season them with salt. Place them on a sheet pan and toast them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Soak the currants: place the currants in a bowl and cover them with warm water. Allow them to soak for 10 minutes. Drain the bowl and reserve the currants.

Raise the oven to 375°F. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and the onions. Allow the onions to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder in the last 2 minutes of cooking. While the onion mixture sautés, make the bouquet garni: place the bay leaves and thyme in cheesecloth and tie it together tightly. 

Once the onions are caramelized, add the chicken stock, garlic, Serrano chiles, and the bouquet garni to the pan and let it simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.

While the sauce is simmering, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Dust the skin side of the breast with flour. Add the remaining oil to a sauté pan large enough to fit all of the chicken. Heat the oil over high heat and place the chicken breasts skin side down in the pan. Once the breasts start to brown, about 4 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and allow the breasts to finish searing for another 2 minutes.

Place the pan in the oven to finish cooking, another 7 to 9 minutes.  Add the toasted chickpeas, coconut milk, and soaked currants to the sauce. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, remove the pan from the heat. Add thekale, tomatoes, and green onions. Toss together and check for seasoning. Remove the bouquet garni.

Once the chicken breasts have finished cooking, allow them to rest for 4 to 5 minutes. Cut the chicken on the bias. Serve the breast on top of a bed of the curried kale.

Recipe credits: Digby Stridiron

Photo credits: Yewande Komolafe