Not Your Average Lemon Baked Chicken

We try to eat "well" in our house - meaning mostly whole, unprocessed foods. I do NOT claim to be a healthy eater necessarily; my motto is "everything in moderation". I also have three young kids who are on the pickier side (they might take after me!). For our meals, I aim to have a protein they'll eat (or at least try), a side they will like, and usually raw veggies on the table for them to grab. We do eat a lot of chicken, which can get boring, so I get excited for new recipes that everyone might enjoy. This Lemon Baked Chicken is a winner! Simple, commonly stocked ingredients that require little prep, and is butter-basked bake that lets your oven do the heavy-lifting.

Ingredients

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on organic chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ghee* (I prefer Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk**
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon zest of lemon
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place chicken thighs on a plate. Lightly coat both sides with cumin, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Over medium-high heat, melt ghee in a large skillet. When ghee is shimmering, sear both sides of chicken, roughly 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet and place in an oven-proof casserole dish.
  5. Back on the skillet, over medium heat, saute garlic for 1-2 minutes. Then, stir in coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and rosemary until well combined.
  6. Gently pour the liquid into the casserole dish around the chicken thighs.
  7. Place casserole dish into oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through.

*In technical terms, Ghee is a clarified, unsalted butter with the milk proteins removed. It has a high smoke point, making it perfect for cooking, and an incredible flavor. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee and it is a revered food in Indian cuisine. It is also considered a whole food.

**A little something I recently learned is that coconut milk that isn't full of artificial ingredients or preservatives will often come in solid form, or partially solid form. If you find that it's solid upon opening it, it can be warmed gently until it reaches a liquid state. Then shake to combine.

Easy Lemon Baked Chicken

Easy Lemon Baked Chicken

I'm serving this saucy number with this light arugula salad and a rice dish. Think: a basic risotto or a mushroom risotto, but a plain rice is nice as well, with a little extra sauce drizzled on for added flavor. Even my picky eaters enjoy this easy dinner! Score 1-0 for me! :)