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Chicken with Mustard Greens, Olives, and Lemon

Vitamin B12, found in chicken, helps make the soothing neurotransmitter GABA. The folate in the greens is another dopamine booster.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 6




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 bone-in, skinless chicken breast halves, halved crosswise
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
  • 1 1/2 pounds mustard greens (about 2 bunches), stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives


  1. Step 1

    In a 5-quart Dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add half of chicken to pot and cook until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.

  2. Step 2

    Add onion and garlic to pot (reduce heat if browning too quickly) and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add wine and chicken (along with any accumulated juices) to pot and bring to a boil. Cover pot; reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Place greens on top of chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until chicken is opaque throughout and greens are wilted, 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and olives. Serve greens and chicken drizzled with pan juices with lemon wedges on the side.

Body+Soul, 2008



Reviews (1)

  • 18 Jun, 2013

    Received mustard greens in CSA delivery and made this. Used only 1 bunch of them, and 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chix breast, slightly reducing chix cook time to avoid burning. The dish was beautiful, and flavorful - nice combo of sweet onion, salty olives, sour lemon, and bitter greens. You may need to increase heat to help wine cook off - I had a lot of liquid at the end and could have used less. Also I think a small amt of butter would help "finish" the sauce. Good if you like greens.