extra virgin olive oil
Hi everyone! Time to share another recipe! I’m honestly not sure where the original source of this recipe is. I came across this recipe about four to five years ago and have since memorized it and tweaked it to my needs. I’m sure there are various versions of this recipe all over the Internet and cookbooks, so if anybody knows of the original source of THIS exact recipe, please send it to me so that I can provide this recipe with the proper credit! The measurements of all the ingredients are possibly off…. only because I’ve made this dish so many times I tend to eyeball everything that I do.
I LOVE this dish because not only is it paleo-friendly, but it is incredibly easy to make and you don’t have to have a “paleo-pantry” to make this. In fact, I used to make this dish in college before I even know what “paleo” was. At the time, I didn’t realize that this recipe was paleo-friendly, heck, I didn’t even know paleo was! When I found the recipe, I simply thought to myself, “I’m in college and need something easy to cook and impress people with. This will do. This will do.” So for those of you with “regular” pantries, this is certainly something you can make! And for those of you who claim you don’t cook well, this is also something you can make easily!
Okay, time to gather the ingredients!
- 5-6 chicken drumsticks (this can probably be made with chicken breast, thigh, whatever your preference is – but I am personally a big fan of drumsticks!)
- 1 cup of cherry/grape tomatoes
- 1 small onion (I use white onions)
- 1 medium white potato, optional (Whole30 approved, but in moderation)
- 3-4 Tsb of extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 tsp of thyme
- 1-2 tsp of oregano
- 1-2 tsp of basil
- 1-2 tsp of rosemary
Beginning note: You do NOT need to wash chicken before cooking it. Rinsing your raw chicken with water actually distributes infection around your kitchen! Additionally, chicken companies already go through a cleaning process that ensures the chicken is germ-free. Any bacteria that is lingering will dissipate when your chicken is cooking. Still tempted to wash your chicken? See more information here and here.
WASH YOUR HANDS. Preheat the oven to 375°F.Take your onion and chop it into bite-size chunks. You do NOT have to be nice and neat when cutting these onions! You just want to cut them to desired bite-size pieces that meet your preferences.
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. I’m not exactly sure why I do this; I assume it’s because I want some of the tomato juices to seep throughout the dish to make it more tender and juicy. I suppose you can just… not cut the cherry tomatoes and still have the same dish. I admit, cutting the tomatoes is somewhat a pain in the butt! Sometimes I’ll chop up some white potatoes and mix it in with the chicken, tomato, and onion mixture before I throw it in the oven to add some carbs and to make the dish a little more filling. Joseph eats a lot – so I try to do what I can to ensure his stomach gets its fill of good food! But the potatoes are OPTIONAL, so you do not need to add potatoes if you don’t want to.
Throw the onion, tomatoes, and drumsticks all together in your baking dish (9 X 11 is sufficient).
Go ahead and drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil all over your chicken mixture and add the spices. You can add more/less EVO-oil and spices depending on your desires. I just gave you the measurements as a general guideline. Then, with your clean hands or a mixing spoon – mix everything very well until everything is evenly coated with the EVO-oil and spices.
Place baking dish (uncovered) into oven and bake for about 50 minutes at 375°F. Turn drumsticks over halfway (25 minutes). Take out after 50 minutes, but make sure to check a drumstick to ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
We served this alongside a simple salad (salad spring mix, mixed berries, and drizzled with Tessemae’s balsamic dressing) and steamed green beans!
I think that you could probably play around with different oils and spices and maybe add different types of veggies into the dish. I love how easy and versatile this recipe can be, and I love how you can just tweak it to meet your needs! Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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Until the next meal,
Joseph and Jennifer