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Heart-Healthy Recipe: Pulled Chicken

White Plains Hospital

February 15, 2023

Heart-Healthy Recipe: Pulled Chicken

As part of our “What the Doctor Ordered” series, we asked some of our favorite local restaurants to create heart-healthy meals with five cardiologist-approved ingredients.

White Plains Hospital Physician Associates cardiologist Dr. Gabriela Grasa challenged Anthony Goncalves, Executive Chef at The Restaurant at Kanopi, to create a dish using chicken, tomatillos, black beans, romaine lettuce, and garlic.

Chef Anthony created a Family Meal dish: Pulled chicken with black beans, tomatillo sauce and baby romaine lettuce.

Heart-Healthy Benefits Include:

  • Skinless chicken is low in fat and a great source of protein.
  • Black beans are high in protein -- and are also naturally gluten-free!
  • Romaine lettuce is rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure.
  • Tomatillos are also high in potassium, as well as in fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer.

Try this delicious meal at Kanopi or by using the recipe below!

Chef Anthony Goncalves

Pulled Chicken


4 Skinless chicken breasts, wing bone in
4 bay leaves
1 onion, halved
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
Pinch of salt
2 sprigs of thyme
4 quarts of water

Boil all together over medium heat for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken breasts and pull apart.

Black Beans

2 lbs. dried black beans
1 whole head of garlic, sliced in half
1 onion, quartered
Pinch of Salt
Water to cover beans

Simmer all in water for 2 hours, add more water to cover beans as needed.

Tomatillo sauce

2 lbs. of tomatillos
6 cloves of garlic
1 Onion, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro
Pinch of salt

Boil all until tomatillos change color from bright green to brown. Then pull the tomatillos from the liquid and blend until fine.

Grilled Baby Romaine

1 whole head of baby romaine lettuce, quartered
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil

Quarter lettuce, add salt & pepper and grill to get char marks on two sides. Finish with olive oil.

The Restaurant at Kanopi is located at 1 Renaissance Square in White Plains, New York. For reservations, visit or call (914) 761-4242.