Lemon, Rosemary and Garlic Baked Chicken – AIP and Paleo

yummy baked chicken served with roasted sweet potatoes and onion with a fresh green salad

yummy baked chicken served with roasted sweet potatoes and onion with a fresh green salad

 

 

Roasted or baked chicken is such a favourite of mine. It’s usually pretty cheap, it doesn’t take much for it to taste amazing and you can keep the bones to make stock! Yay!! Even If I’m not having a whole chicken (like for this recipe, where I used the super juicy thighs), I just collect together the little bones, freeze them and keep adding to my stash until I have enough to boil up for a good old bone broth. Win-ning!

 

 

I like to mix it up with the types of cooking fats I use: For strict AIP I like coconut oil, lard and olive oil, and, as I’ve been able to reintroduce them, I also like butter and ghee. Some of you may be concerned about cooking with olive oil as we’ve been told for so long that it’s unhealthy, so check out this article from Kelsey Marksteiner, RD, over at Chris Kresser’s website. Interesting read! Also, according to the Natural Medicines database, people with high intakes of olive oil seem to be at a lower risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and it can reduce hypertension. It has also been shown to help with constipation – so there you go! [1]

 

Serves 2 hungry people

 

Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

2 teaspoons turmeric

1/2 garlic bulb, chopped in half crossways

3 rosemary branches (approx. length of your hand)

1 onion sliced into approx. 4 fairly thick rings

1 lemon, quartered

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Some fresh herbs to sprinkle on top if you have them. I used oregano, parsley would also work well

 

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 180 celsius

Mix together the extra virgin olive oil, turmeric and honey

Put onion slices, garlic, rosemary and lemon in a ceramic baking dish

Place chicken thighs on top

Pour evoo mix over the chicken and ensure the chicken is evenly coated

Place in the oven for approx. 20 mins.

When the juices run clear the chicken is ready!

 

Serve with roasted sweet potates and a green salad, or your vegetables of choice. And save those bones!

 

 

[1] Natural Medicines, Olive, 14th February 2015 <https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=233>

 

 

 

Kirstie