Chicken and Greens with Wine and Bacon

This savory, healthy Chicken and Greens dinner will make your mouth happy!

Chicken and Greens Cooked with Wine and Bacon #healthydinner

My very lucky husband works in an office where fresh, hot lunch made to order is delivered every day. They order food in the morning through a service called Eat Club, and then the food magically appears at lunchtime. He has had BBQ ribs, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, enchiladas, and just about everything in between, and he usually says everything is just OK.

Things changed last week when a Paleo restaurant showed up on the menu, and it is suddenly everyone’s favorite. I have not tried it myself since I spend my lunches taking photos of leftovers or eating frozen burritos, but he now comes home raving most days about whatever kind of stewed meat and vegetables he had for lunch. He and his friends say they aren’t interested in the Paleo diet exactly, but the food travels well and just tastes really good.

One of the first dishes he told me about was pork and greens. He is not particularly good at describing foods in detail, so I just used my imagination as to what it was like. When thinking about dinner recipes for this week, I was inspired to try some sort of meat and green something. As much as I love stewed pork, I wasn’t looking to cook a roast all day, and I had just thawed some clearance chicken that needed to be used. Thus, chicken and greens was born!

Now, let’s just talk about this whole Paleo thing for a moment. Actually, maybe you can do the talking because I know next to nothing about it. I do know that it’s about cavemen and that cavemen didn’t eat rice or salt or ice cream, which sounds like a pretty bad time if you ask me. I did consider serving this without rice, but my lifetime habit of eating a meat/grain/vegetable combination at dinner just wouldn’t let me.

You totally could skip the rice, but as for Paleo, I’m not sure about the wine and bacon. Don’t skip those though. THEY ARE TOO GOOD.

Chicken and Greens Cooked with Wine and Bacon #healthydinner

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Chicken and Greens with Wine and Bacon
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This savory, healthy chicken and greens dish with bacon and wine makes for a delicious dinner!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • ½ c. Marsala wine (or substitute a dry white wine)
  • ½ c. chicken broth
  • 12 oz. bag of cut and cleaned collard greens (or up to 16 oz.)
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning (approximate measurement)
  • 3 c. cooked brown rice (optional)
  1. If you are using brown rice, start it cooking first because it will take longer than the chicken.
  2. Spray a 12" skillet or dutch oven with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and bacon, and saute until starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, and saute 1-2 minutes longer. (You will have some black bits stuck to the pan at this point, which will add flavor.)
  3. Carefully pour in wine and chicken broth (there will be a lot of steam), and bring to a simmer, scraping the pan as you stir. Stir in greens a couple handfuls at a time, stirring as you go. Sprinkle salt and hot sauce over the greens, and stir to distribute seasonings.
  4. Nestle chicken breasts into greens, and lightly sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper seasoning. Cover pan, and reduce heat to medium. Cook approximately 20 minutes, turning chicken once, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken and greens over rice if desired.
Weary Chef's Notes:
Out of wine or chicken broth? You can use a full cup of either if you must.

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  1. Oh, this looks good, Andi! This is a dinner my family would love. I’m with you, life without rice, salt or ice cream is not a life to live. ;) I know nothing about paleo but I will gladly eat this! (with rice, lol!)

    • Thank you so much, Jen! Would your boys eat these greens? Mine wouldn’t, but they did like the chicken and rice. My oldest especially loves bacon, so that makes it an easy sell. Now I need to go eat some ice cream ;)

  2. Wow, that’s awesome that your husband gets hot meals at work delivered to him. This would definitely be a meal our family would love Andi. I can imagine how much flavor the marsala wine and bacon add to the flavors here and definitely wouldn’t skip adding them :)

    • I know, he’s so lucky! I would love to order lunch from a different restaurant every day. My boys would’t eat these greens, but the chicken and rice was a hit all around! Thanks for stopping by, Kelly :)

  3. Love this dinner. Looks absolutely scrumptious.

    • Thank you, Laura! It’s not a particularly glamorous recipe I know, but it sure was tasty. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  4. Love this Andi! I bet the bacon adds a lot – what a great idea!

  5. yum! this dish looks very comforting!

  6. what an interesting idea. sounds and looks very good.

  7. Isn’t cooking with wine a better option for meat? I loved the infused flavors in this chicken.

  8. Wow he is lucky! This meal looks great and I love the touch of Marsala wine…. Pinned!

    • I know, isn’t he so lucky!? Thank you so much, Deb. I always love it when you pay me a visit :) Have a good weekend!

  9. Just made this for dinner tonight. It smells amazing! Just waiting for the hubby to drive up into the driveway and dinner is on……I am so looking forward to this dish :)

  10. Not sure my boys would eat the greens, but this meal looks soooo good and healthy! I’m always looking for dinner ideas, so I am adding you to my Bloglovin’ feed! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.

    • My boys wouldn’t eat the greens either (at least my little one tried a bite!), but I’m just as happy if they’ll eat the chicken with a different vegetable on the side. Thanks so much for visiting and following me, Geri. It’s really nice to meet you!

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