1. Bring 2 quarts water to a simmer in a medium pot; you will be using this to poach the chicken strips.
2. Lightly coat a medium skillet with olive oil cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown. Add the cinnamon, paprika, red pepper flakes, basil leaves, and onion. Cook until the onion has softened, about 2 minutes. Add the escarole and cook until it has wilted and softened, another 2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add a pinch of salt to the now-simmering water. Turn off the heat and add the chicken and stir so that all the strips are separated. Cook just until the strips have turned white; they will be half-cooked. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the strips to a plate to cool.
4. Check the escarole mixture; you want to cook it until most of the stock has evaporated and it looks like thick soup or sauce, then turn off the heat. Stir in half the cheese and season with salt to taste. Add the chicken strips, toss them to coat with the mixture, and continue to cook until the chicken strips have cooked through, about 90 seconds. Spoon the mixture onto four plates, dividing it equally; top with the remaining cheese; and serve.
Tips: For a nutty, negative calorie protein, add 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts to the skillet after the garlic has browned.
Place the chicken breast in the freezer for a half hour prior to slicing. It will be much easier to slice and you will get nice thin strips.
Calories: 176 calories, Carbohydrates: 8.25 g, Protein: 28.5 g, Fat: 3 g, Sodium: 267 mg, Fiber: 2.5 g
Dinner Main dish Chicken Entertaining Low Calorie Low Carb Low Fat Weight Management Italian
Recipe courtesy of chef Rocco DiSpirito.