Rosemary Chicken & Kale Farro Bowl

Whether you are looking to add some whole grains into your day or wanting to try a new one, farro should be on top of your list! It’s probably my favorite whole grain because of its chewy texture which reminds me of brown rice and risotto combined together (yum). It is easy to prepare especially if you get the quick cooking kind (thank you trader joe’s!) and also a winner when it comes to protein and fiber, the things you want in your grains! I love using farro to make fried rice, in salads and soups, and as a base for meals. Here is a very simple and hearty farro recipe!


Serves 5
  • 5 four-ounce chicken breasts
  •  1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
  •  3 sprigs of rosemary
  •  juice of 1 small lemon
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups of kale, chopped
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dry farro (I used Trader Joe’s 10 minute quick cooking farro)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine lemon juice, 1 clove of the minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the chopped rosemary in a small bowl.
  3. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray and lay chicken down, spaced evenly apart. Rub chicken with lemon juice mixture. Place 3 sprigs of rosemary on the pan and put the chicken on top. Season with salt, black pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, combine 1 1/2 cups of dry farro with 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth in a medium sauce pan and cover with lid. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. After the farro is done, remove it from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Drain excess liquid and fluff with fork.
  6. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add the rest of the minced garlic and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are softened. Add kale and stir around until kale is wilted.
  7. After the farro is done sitting, stir it into the vegetable mixture, add parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper.
  8. To serve, divide farro mixture into bowls or plates and place one portion of chicken on top. Sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy !
Happy cooking,

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