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Baked Lemon Garlic Chicken (Paleo, Whole30)

This week, my gym is doing a Detox program and I have decided to join in. I am always looking for ways to challenge myself and switch out what I am eating and see how my body responds to it. Naturally when they told me about this challenge, I was intrigued. I took a look at the rules, and thought that it was going to be child’s play.

As part of the Detox we are cutting out gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, soy, processed foods, caffeine and only eating meat once a day. I already cut out the majority of those items on a daily basis, the only thing I have had to go without is my morning coffee. And even that has not been as tough and I thought it would be.

I still needed to have something in the morning, because waking up and having a cup of coffee is part of my routine. So I woke up, put on the tea kettle and have been having a warm cup of water with lemon. About an hour after the lemon water, I have a cup of ginger turmeric tea and don’t even miss coffee. Now will I cut out coffee from my normal routine going forward? I don’t think so. I really enjoy the taste of coffee and would need to do more research about the benefits of giving it up, before cutting it out completely.

The other rule of the program that has affected me is the eating meat once a day. But this has given me a chance to be more adventurous with my meals. Yesterday, I had a protein smoothie for breakfast then I had my meat allotment for the day with lunch, and for dinner I had some Broccoli Soup, sans cheese obviously. It’s been an adjustment, but it hasn’t been difficult. I think the fact that the program is only a few days, makes it easy. Like I know the end is neat. And so does the fact that my body is getting a big boost in getting out toxins this week.

Now since I am aware that I am having meat only once a day, I want to make sure that it is good. So I came up with this recipe for easy, no fail, baked chicken. I have found the secret to cooking chicken is cooking it at a very high temperature and for a short period of time. That way, the outside gets nice and crispy, but the inside does not dry out.

This chicken is great in salads or served with a side of veggies for a complete meal.

Ingredients:
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup olive oil
1 shallot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

In a medium bowl, add the lemon juice, olive oil, shallot, garlic, salt, oregano and basil and stir to combine. Add in the chicken breasts and make sure they are well coated with the marinade.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinade in the fridge for 2 hours.

Once ready to cook, heat the oven to 475° and get a grilling rack ready. (I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the grilling rack on top to make cleanup a cinch.)

Place the chicken on the grilling rack and scoop the rest of the marinade on top of the chicken.

Bake for 18 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 170°.

Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Baked Lemon Garlic Chicken (Paleo, Whole30)
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Prep Time
2 hr 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 35 min
Prep Time
2 hr 15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lemon, juiced
  2. ¼ cup olive oil
  3. 1 shallot, diced
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp dried oregano
  7. 1 tsp dried basil
  8. 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, add the lemon juice, olive oil, shallot, garlic, salt, oregano and basil and stir to combine. Add in the chicken breasts and make sure they are well coated with the marinade.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinade in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Once ready to cook, heat the oven to 475° and get a grilling rack ready. (I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the grilling rack on top to make cleanup a cinch.)
  4. Place the chicken on the grilling rack and scoop the rest of the marinade on top of the chicken.
  5. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 170°.
  6. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy!
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