Chicken with Cumin, Kale and Red Peppers

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 30 minutes
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1 pound(s) chicken breast(s), boneless, skinless, diced
1 teaspoon(s) cumin
1 teaspoon(s) chili powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt, (optional)
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 tablespoon(s) coconut oil
1 bunch(es) kale, removed from woody stems
1 medium bell pepper(s), red, diced
1/2 cup(s) almonds, slivered, lightly toasted


  1. Combine chicken, cumin, chili powder, sea salt (if desired), and garlic in a medium bowl until chicken is fully coated.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil.
  3. When pan is hot, add chicken (it should sizzle). Brown the chicken and stir occasionally (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Add kale leaves and red pepper. Stir and continue to cook until chicken is 165 F, and vegetables are slightly tender (about 5 more minutes).
  5. Serve hot, topped with toasted almonds.


  1. willti1

    What is a good sub for cumin? I’m finding I’m not a fan, unless u can persuade me with the health benefits of it:)

    • Neely

      willti1 – Whatever your heart desires, you should use that. Maybe try rosemary or lots of ground peppercorns, or sage, or a poultry blend of spices. They’re all good.

  2. cadaum

    Oh man! So easy and delicious! This is my first recipe I cooked (signed up yesterday), can’t wait to become a super awesome paleo chef. :)

  3. simpiefc

    What would you use in place of kale???

    • Neely Quinn

      simpiefc – You can use any green you’d like – spinach, collards, and/or chard would work nicely.

  4. dayanis

    Followed the recipe exactly as posted and really enjoyed a wonderful meal.

  5. Beth

    Just made this. Amazing!! Added a bit of coriander and dried thyme. And subbed cherry tomatoes for green peppers since I don’t love peppers. Absolutely yummy! Great quick and delicious recipe. Definitely making this again. Thank you!!

  6. Beth

    LOVED this dish! Quick and easy! I added fresh mushrooms to mine :) Delish!

  7. Andrea

    Very good! Have little hands help rip up the kale to get them interested in eating it! Worked with my 3 year old!

  8. Erin

    Delicious! This will definitely go into my recipe book.

  9. ajlandt

    This was delicious, but it only seemed to make 2 servings. Any ideas on how to stretch it to make 4?

    • Neely Quinn

      ajlandt – If it was truly only 2 servings for you, then you have higher caloric needs than an average person. Or you’re eating too much ;) Just make more next time :)

  10. Joshua

    Substituted lean pork loin for chicken. Very awesome!

  11. Mindy

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I love it. However, I recently discovered that garlic is a migraine trigger for me. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute? Thanks!

    • Neely

      Mindy – Not really. Nothing really tastes like garlic, but onions are a close second!

  12. Angela

    Mindy, try shallots. Not the same as garlic, but a good strong flavor. My friend is allergic to garlic so we sub everything with shallots.

  13. Donna

    Can these meals be made and frozen for another time? I like to have meals prepared so all I have to do is heat them up. If so howling will they keep if frozen?
    Thank you

    • Neely

      Donna – Yes, definitely. I’m not really sure how long they’ll freeze for. Maybe 6 months?

  14. Suzanne

    This was yummy! I changed it a little by adding some fresh broccoli florets, onions, and cashews. It was delish! :)

  15. Dixie

    Just made this tonight for the first time, using the recipe exactly as written. Daughter and granddaughter joined hubby and me for dinner. Everyone liked this. I served it with a baked sweet potato. Nice dinner! Thanks for the delicious recipes.

  16. wsnevala

    We have made this recipe a few times. I absolutely love this dish. I added some red pepper flakes to give it a bit more kick. Great stuff!

  17. Christine

    This was our first Paleo recipe and it was delish…my kiddos LOVED it!!!

  18. Jill G

    This was my first Paleo recipe and it was very good & easy to make. I didn’t have sliced almonds so I toasted pecan pieces which really added a little bit of yummy crunch:) Husband really liked it too! If all your recipes are this good I’ll be a fan of paleo for sure!
    Thank you for a great recipe!

  19. Ella T

    Made the recipe exactly as listed and enjoyed it quite a bit. Served the leftover Apple Coleslaw with it and the two complimented one another quite well.

  20. Karen M

    This was really yummy. They were a bit spicy for my daughter but she loved the flavours. Will make a slightly milder batch for her next time.

  21. LeAnn

    Nutional info seems high

  22. Jason

    Saw this recipe on the FitStar blog and made it for dinner tonight. Used most of a bag of baby kale from Trader Joe’s and also added half an onion. Served it over quinoa. Really tasty!

  23. Catherine

    I absolutely loved this dish, I incorporated everyone’s comments with adding mushrooms, cherry tomatoes. I still added sage along with the cumin. Best part my 3 year old enjoyed it, hubby & I were still hungry an hour later but great for 10min meal 😀

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