roast chicken with kale and potatoes

My vague menu plan one day last week was to prepare chicken drumsticks, potatoes, and kale in some configuration. I have been slow to jump on the kale bandwagon and really only know one preparation method (steam sauteed in a big skillet), but life got busy and when the day rolled around I really wanted it to be a one pot meal that I could just stick in the oven and ignore. I also had a partial jar of preserved  lemons from last winter that I thought might add an interesting twist to the dish. I wasn’t sure how the flavors would meld together and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was absolutely delicious!

You could make this with any chicken pieces or even a whole roasted chicken. Just adjust the roasting time so that the temperature of the chicken measures 165 degrees. If you don’t have preserved lemons, feel free to substitute fresh lemons and add some salt to taste.

This recipe is great for the Perfect Health Diet and is also easily adaptable recipe for healing diets.

  • For AIP, substitute sweet potatoes for the white potatoes.
  • For GAPS or SCD, omit the potatoes.
  • For low-FODMAP, omit the onions.

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Kale, and Lemon
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-4
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This is an easy and flavorful one-pot paleo dish that embraces "safe starches"!
  • A medium bunch of kale, stems and inner ribs removed, chopped
  • 1-2 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion, slice thinly
  • 1 preserved lemon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • Dried or fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large roasting pan or oven safe skillet, combine kale, potatoes, onion, and lemon. Toss with coconut oil.
  3. Arrange chicken on top of vegetables and sprinkle with chopped rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover dish with aluminum foil and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and roast for 30 more minutes, or until chicken has reached 165 degrees and vegetables and tender.


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