Sweet Potato and Kale Chicken Patties and a Super Healthy Coleslaw

Healthy ColeslawI looooove coleslaw.

Love it. Could easily eat tons of it in one sitting.

Unfortunately, more often than not, this delicacy is just overloaded with sugar and oil… so much so, you’d probably be better off eating a candy bar than enjoying a bowl of seemingly healthy coleslaw.

This one is different, though.

Of course, it’s super healthy and good for you. And of course, it tastes incredibly delicious.

In fact, it’s so good that it’s pretty much stealing the show here. The side dish is becoming the main attraction. And with reason, let me tell you.

Not that the chicken patties weren’t good. Nooooo, ‘cuz that they were, I can guarantee! But I have to admit that the slaw was my favorite part of the dish.

Plus, I sort of burned the patties.

Well, ok, I didn’t really BURN them… but I did overcook them a little.

Just a little.

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties

It’s not my fault, though, you see, I was too busy thinking of my photo shoot set-up and I sort of forgot that I was making food to actually shoot.

Few more minutes and there would’ve been no food to shoot.
Well, there would’ve been slaw. But slaw alone makes for a bit of a boring post, doesn’t it?

Maybe not. I remember a certain Carrot Salad that made for a VERY interesting post on its own. Or maybe it was really all about IKEA! 😉

Still, slightly overcooked or not, I had to take pictures of those chicken patties, for they were absolutely delicious and I definitely wanted to log that recipe.

Sure, I could’ve made another batch, NOT burn them this time and take better pictures. But you see, the thing is, being alone and having already made FOUR patties means that I ate the same thing FOUR days in a row. I sort of didn’t feel like making FOUR more.

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties

I have to confess that every single time I had one of those patties, I would just dream of shoving it inside a nice, robust, dense and chewy whole grain bun. I could just picture this perfect hamburger, garnished with spinach, a little bit of honey mustard yogurt sauce, alfalfa sprouts and a slice of tomato, no, make that a slice of apple instead.

Oh! my mouth waters as I type these words. Now I’m thinking I want to make another batch and indulge in that delicious hamburger after all…

But trust me, you don’t really need the bun. Those patties are plain delicious on their own.

Loaded as they are, there’s just no doubt about it!

They are pure flavor to the 10th power! 

Sweet Potato and Kale Chicken Patties

Yield: Makes 4 patties

Sweet Potato and Kale Chicken Patties


  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into tiny little cubes
  • 150g kale, finely shredded, leaves only (about 3 cups)
  • 400g chicken meat from breast, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp salted herbs (or use salt and pepper to taste)
  • 1 tbsp fermented garlic flowers (or one garlic clove)
  • 1 tsp Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal


  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add sweet potatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, until barely tender. Add kale and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Add chicken meat to your food processor and process on pulse until ground. Transfer meat to large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well combined.
  6. Cover with a plastic film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  7. Divide your chicken mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
  8. Coat a large non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add patties and cook until a nice golden crust forms, about 4-5 minutes, then flip to the other side, cover and cook until golden again and patties are cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  9. Serve as is, or on a nice whole grain hamburger bun.

You didn’t think that I would dare leave that coleslaw out, did you?

Super Healthy Coleslaw

Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

Super Healthy Coleslaw


  • ½ small Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 75g fresh coconut, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp Sambal Oelek
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients through white wine vinegar to a large a mixing bowl. Set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, add vinegar, ginger, sambal, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. Blend until well combined. Pour over reserved salad and stir well.
  3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to develop.
  4. This salad will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties

Healthy Coleslaw

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties

Chicken Kale and Sweet Potato Patties




  1. Joann says

    This coleslaw sounds amazing!! (I don’t know where to comment anymore now that I’m following you on Facebook – haha!!) I think this might have to jump to the top of the “recipes from the healthy foodie that I want to try” list! I still have the chocolate cake, the mango chicken, the vanilla smoothie, etc. Oh and the passion fruit smoothie – which will also jump to the top of the list if you are able to find passion fruit (they might be out of season now) and come up with something!

    • says

      Joann, hearing from you is always a pleasure, whether it’s here or on FB. You should put this one right on top of your list, especially since it’s so easy to make… you will have no excuse not to whip it up. I mean, you do have to eat, don’t you? And this coleslaw makes for such a great light meal on it’s own, or with a quick egg white omelette!

      I’m still looking for passion fruit. Came that close to buying mangosteen the other day, but had left my banking card at home so had to turn around and leave my “purchases” behind (and looked real stupid at the cash…) Bummer! It was a huge bag too! I’m positive that one or two would have found their way into a smoothie!

  2. says

    Both of those look absolutely delicious..! I had to laugh when reading about your burning your patties since you were so occupied in working on your photo setup..lol… How come that sounds so familiair? Just bookmarked both recipes!

    • says

      Thanks Simone! It’s not always easy being a food blogger, is it? 😉 Are those recipes in line with that program you’re following now? I think I should check it out. Matter of fact, I’ll do that right now. Heading off to your blog! 😉

  3. says

    Mmm, looks tasty as always! I am also a coleslaw fanatic but the thought of the sickly sweet and fatty stuff you find and barbecues and family reunions makes me sick! One of my favorite ways to make it is simply with plain yogurt, a little touch of mayonnaise (easily left out to make it healthier, or make it homemade!), lots of fresh lemon juice+garlic, fresh thyme and salt and pepper. Sometimes a little dijon mustard. It is sooo fresh and delicious!

    • says

      Wow! I LOVE the idea of using yogurt in coleslaw. A little buttermilk might do wonders also! Along with the Dijon mustard and a touch of honey, it has to be absolutely delicious. BRILLIANT idea. I so have to try it. Thanks a bunch for that, Liv! =D

  4. says

    Both recipes sound delish! Especially the coleslaw and especially because of the fresh grated coconut – wow, what a great addition :)

    • says

      Hmmmm… dunno about that, Kerry! They are the very fragile and delicate kind. I would probably attempt it, but make sure to brush plenty of oil on your grill and place them very gingerly with a spatula. Now you got me wanting to try that, in a hamburger this time. Can’t get that hamburger out of my mind… looks like it’s gonna have to happen. If I do attempt grilling them, I’ll let you know how it went! 😉

    • says

      Awwww, thanks so much for making me feel better like that, Alex! You are just the sweetest! :) Glad you are loving the slaw… just wait ’til you actually try it! You’ll love it even more! 😀

  5. patricia says

    I’m hesitant to put raw chicken through my food processor due to fears of contamination. Just strikes me as a bad idea.

    • says

      There really is nothing to worry about, Patricia. So long as you give your bowl and blade a very good wash, or even better, throw them in the dishwasher after use, there is no more risks of contamination using the food processor than there is using any other utensil. In fact, I’d be a lot more concerned with the cutting board… 😉

    • says

      BRILLIANT! Guess it really is a winner for you then. I KNOW for a fact that you will just adore those patties, for you can really appreciate the sweet potatoes and kale in them. Please do let me know your thoughts if you give them a try! And thanks a bunch for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate that! :)

  6. Marie says

    This coleslaw looks really delicious! I’ll for sure give it a try really soon. Now I do have one question; I’ve been to 3 different supermarkets in Québec city and so far, none had kale or had even heard of it! Does it have another name?? If not, where do you find yours? I’ve been seing a lot of recipes with kale lately and I really want to try them.
    Thanks Sonia!

    • says

      I have to admit, Marie, that most of our “standard” grocery stores don’t normally carry Kale… try Mourelatos, or Adonis if you have one in your neighborhood, they ALWAYS have it available. If not, pretty much all ethnic food markets tend to carry it. And while you’re there, shop around… you might make a few very interesting food discoveries! 😉

  7. Joann says

    Having a little trouble getting the coconut open and I even bought the pre-cracked kind. Thinking this isn’t going to happen for me.

    • Joann says

      Okay – so you’ll have to share your secrets for cracking the coconut and getting the meat out. I realized after I finally got it open (I put in the oven) that was only half the battle. This was by far the best coleslaw that I’ve ever had but it was from as easy as you implied – HAHA!! I still have to finish getting the meat away from the shell – I only got enough out to make the coleslaw. I think I used every knife/utensil in my kitchen..LOL!! Would love to hear your technique!!

      • says

        LOL! I can hear your pain, Joann! Funny you should ask about my technique… I was planning on doing just that, probably this week-end or the one after… Stay tuned, help is on the way! 😉

        Real glad to hear you liked the coleslaw, despite the aggravation! 😉

    • Marie says

      Well if this can be of any help Joann, my dad would just smash open the coconut with a hammer. Yes, my father was more of a mechanic than a cook but hey, he proved both can get along just well :)

  8. Joann says

    Marie – it’s so cute that you actually think I own a hammer! :) I guess I’ll have to stop at Home Depot and pick one up. But that still leaves the problem of getting the meat away from the shell.

    • says

      Joann, do you mean to say that you don’t even own a hammer? OMG! I happen to LOVE hammers. I think I could have a collection of hammers. There’s just something about them… 😉 but seriously, you don’t need a hammer to crack open a coconut. A good old chef’s knife will do the trick. Soon, you shall get the answer you are do desperately seeking! 😉 (don’t I sound like a great philosopher, here? LOL, maybe I should go back to bed, I think I haven’t had enough sleep last night. Or maybe it’s this morning’s sweet potato. Carb overload! 😉 )

      • Joann says

        Guilty. I have this tiny hammeresque tool that I use to put picture hangers in the wall – but I doubt it would be strong enough to crack the coconut. When someone comes to my house to work on something for me the rule is BYOT (bring your own tools)! I do have a couple screwdrivers. Honestly – I’m going to claim it’s a safety issue. If I had tools here I might actually try to do something myself and then I’d end up at urgent care like I did last Friday!

  9. Marie says

    hehe sorry Joann, when I first met my husband, I owned more tools than him and I tend to asume every woman is like me…. :/ You better go with Sonia’s advice then! :)
    Also, I did try that coleslaw of yours Sonia and it is insane!! So so good. I thought I would have some leftover for my lunch tomorrow but nope, it’s all gone!
    Thanks again for yet another delicious recipe!

    • says

      So glad to hear, Marie! Isn’t it great when something THAT good is completely, totally guilt free and you can eat basically as much as you want?

      And girls, I’m sorry to report that the sharing of my “coconut breaking technique” will have to wait! I had bought not one, but two, in an effort to make a little tutorial to show you guys how it’s done, and BOTH turned out to be bad! I was so insulted. Stay tuned, though. I haven’t given up on the idea!

  10. Carol Lazer says

    I have a question—is it safe to cook kale and sweet potatoes, mix them with raw chicken and store in refrig before cooking the patties hours later? We are instructed to never even stuff a raw turkey or chicken and store it overnight.


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