Chicken over Potatoes and Kale


Photo of Ai-Mei and her hot smoked parika



Or alternatively, Potatoes and Kale


  • 1 bunch lacinato/flat kale, stems and inner ribs removed, coarsely chopped
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika (the single most important ingredient)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or boneless breasts if you prefer) (optional)


Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large roasting pan, toss the kale, potatoes and onion with the olive oil and hot smoked paprika. Season with salt (optional) and pepper and spread in an even layer.

Place chicken (if using) over veggies.

Cover the pan with foil. Roast in the upper third of the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and roast for 30 minutes longer, until the chicken (if using) is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. At this point, everything should be cooked through with some caramelization on the potatoes and onions with kale crispy around the edges.

We made this recipe with chicken the first couple of times and when realized that we didn’t particularly care about the chicken, it then became a vegetarian favorite! It is good as a leftover, but the kale, of course, will no longer be crispy. And as noted in the ingredient list, without the hot smoked paprika, this would be very boring…