Lemony Chicken and Swiss Chard

20140508_133801Popeye and Brutus were very successful in getting mothers to try to get their children to eat spinach. Swiss chard was not as lucky.

Swiss chard is just as rich in vitamins, minerals and iron as spinach. It has a more refined taste and is just as easy to cook.

I buy Swiss chard whenever I see it at the farmer’s market, and prepare this quick and easy dish. My children approve!

Lemony Chicken and Swiss Chard

  • 1 lb. cut-up chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan.
  2. Brown the chicken.
  3. Add the leek. When the leek is translucent, add the Swiss chard.
  4. Pour the chicken soup into the pan.
  5. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil, and then allow to simmer.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Squeeze the lemon into the mix.
  8. Serve with rice.

Baby Potatoes, Swiss Chard and Lemon Braise

Swiss chard is in season now. It is the perfect complement for baby potatoes in a warming winter casserole.

Baby Potatoes, Swiss Chard, and Lemon Braise20140710_144040

  • 1 bag microwavable baby potatoes
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • black pepper
  1. Microwave the baby potatoes.
  2. Cut each potato in half.
  3. Wash and thinly slice the Swiss chard.
  4. In a heavy pot, melt the butter.
  5. Add the Swiss chard and for sautee for a few minutes.
  6. Mince the garlic, and add to the pot.
  7. Juice the lemon, and pour it over the chard.
  8. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Add the cooked baby potatoes.
  10. Mix well, and allow to simmer covered for a few minutes.

Enjoy with a crunchy green salad.