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Garlic Kale Pasta

Author Chews and Brews


  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 box of capellini
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 clamshell of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cut the top and bottom off of the garlic bulb, remove all the garlic paper and separate the cloves. Put in a tin dish and drizzle olive oil over the cloves. Sprinkle salt and pepper over cloves and put on barbecue for about 20 minutes, stirring the cloves occasionally.
  2. Season chicken breast with garlic powder, salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil over. Put on grill for about 20-30 minutes until cooked through, flipping occasionally.
  3. Remove the rib from the kale and chop up into bite size pieces and set aside.
  4. Chop tomatoes into halves, or quarters if larger, and set aside.
  5. Get a large pot of water boiling with some olive oil and salt. Once boiling, add pasta to the boiling water for amount of time directed on the box. Add the kale and tomatoes to the boiling water when only 2-3 minutes are left on the time.
  6. Drain pasta and vegetables and put into a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil overtop and toss pasta and vegetables around to coat everything.
  7. Add roasted garlic cloves and chicken breast and squeeze fresh lemon juice all over and toss.
  8. Serve with fresh grated pepper, parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts and garlic cloves can be done in the oven or in a skillet on the stove instead of on the barbecue if preferred. If in the oven, the garlic should take about the same time. On the stove, break apart and peel the cloves and fry them in some olive oil, low and slow until they start to caramelize. Chicken can be cooked in oven or on skillet, until juices run clear.
Try adding other vegetables like grilled zucchini or roasted red peppers!
Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken or change the protein to smoked salmon or grilled garlic shrimp.
Use gluten free pasta, or whole grain if you wish!
This dish allows for creativity. Be inspired and make it your own! :)