Thursday, July 11, 2013

Paleo “Lite” Diaries – Balsamic Baked Chicken Recipe

Alright, what’s this Paleo business all about? Well, I’m tying to figure that out and will be chronicling my adventures along the way.

But let’s get real for a second… I can’t invest in hardcore Paleo, I just… can’t. However, I will strive towards my “Paleo Lite” title. What does this mean exactly? To me, it means I get salt, seasonings, WINE, and the occasional Bi-Rite ice cream cake since it’s Kate’s birthday this weekend.

Today I put in a very strong effort and created a Paleo friendly Balsamic Baked Chicken. It was AMAZEBALLS and I want to share. I know a lot of you out there are Paleo, Atkins, healthy, etc. etc. I mean, this is San Francisco right? Well, this recipe is good for all (except vegetarians and the like since chicken is the star) so I hope you try it and like it!

What you’ll need:
  •       10 pieces of chicken parts (or butcher your own)
  •       Half of a diced medium yellow onion
  •       4 cloves of minced garlic
  •       2 tblsp of chopped flat parsley (thyme/rosemary would work well too)
  •       1 tblsp fish sauce
  •       1 tblsp lime juice (lemon is ok too)
  •       3 tblsp olive oil
  •       3 tblsp balsamic vinegrette
  •       salt and pepper to your liking (I put about half a tblsp of each)
  •       1 tsp rubbed sage

Now, let’s get cooking!

Step 1) Get your chicken buddy ready
Ignore the paint brush... random kitchen counter findings

I opted to butcher my own whole chicken, as there was a sale at Whole Foods. I think it’s imperative to mention that this was my VERY FIRST TIME! Woohoo! I did it. I feel so oddly accomplished. If you’re also up to the challenge, I found this awesome tutorial online. Give it a try & save some money. But you can also just buy your choice of 8-10 pieces of chicken for convenience.

Step 2) Creating the marinade

Combine all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Well not the chicken, that comes next.

Step 3) Just add chicken

You got it! Add your chicken. Feel free to get your hands in there. Make sure that every nook and cranny of that chicken is covered with the marinade.

Step 4) Patience is a virtue…

Wait it out. Cover your freshly dressed chicken parts and put it away in the fridge. I let mine marinate for 4 hours. As with all marinades, the longer you wait, the better.

Step 5) “It’s cooking tiiiimmeee” – A la Troop Beverly Hills

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees for convection, 400 degrees for conventional. Arrange pieces skin side down where applicable and spread the rest of the marinade on top. Once oven is heated, pop it in for 25 min.

Step 6) Flip that bitch

After the initial 25 min, pull it out of the oven and rotate the pieces. Now the skin side is up and will brown for crispy yumminess. Bake for another 25 min.

Step 7) Mangia!

Voila! You’ve got juicy, flavorful, paleo friendly Balsamic Baked Chicken. Let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes before diving in. It’s scalding hot and it’s good to let the juices “set” in the meat for a bit.

So there you have it. A yummy and Paleo friendly chicken that’s easy to make and even easier to devour. I hope you give this recipe or at least some rendition of it a try (and let me know how it turns out)!

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