This Crispy Rhubarb Lemon Chicken Bake makes an easy one pan meal! A tangy Rhubarb marinade caramelizes the chicken while baking. The lemon slices on top give it extra sweetness. A chicken bake that’s paleo friendly and super flavorful. Don’t forget the crispy rhubarb shavings on top! Crucial for texture and flavor.
I almost missed out. Missed out on Rhubarb’s PEAK season. That fruit..er… veggie.. gets all the rage when it’s in season. Rhubarb is a vegetable that is often categorized as a fruit. If I were a vegetable, I’d so want to be rhubarb. It’s trendy, only works 3 months out of the year, pretty in pink, sweet and savory, healthy, and sassy. Okay I added the sassy part, but don’t you think it’s true? I can hear it saying “Hey, I’m a pink plant stalk. I DO WONDERS with flavors. Am I sweet or sour or both? Oh I am ALL all that and a bag of chips!” Ya Rhubarb, you are that rad.
Despite my weirdly prophetic obsession with this produce, I do have a purpose to this recipe. This is a scrappy chef Cotter recipe, a resourceful yet darlingly trendy. Maybe? Yes, let’s go with it.
Crispy Rhubarb Lemon Chicken Bake. It’s paleo, naturally. But also, this chicken recipe involves using ALL parts of the rhubarb, except the leaves, don’t eat the leaves, warning. But the stalk, oh yes, you don’t want to miss all that nourishment coming from that pink stem. It’s loaded with minerals (such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium) , fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, and more. Like whoa! It’s also a great aid for digestion. Hmmm. maybe that’s why they put rhubarb in a strawberry pie. You’re gonna need that extra digestion boost post pie consumption. But I digress. Today’s lemon chicken bake recipe is all about tangy, sweet, and savory. This chicken bake is made with a maple rhubarb marinade, lemon, and topped with crispy rhubarb shavings (peeled and baked veggie skins make awesome snacks or toppings).
It’s one SUPER nourishing protein packed meal ya’ll!
You’re probably thinking… um… Lindsay, a rhubarb marinade? You crazy Cotter you! Why yes, I am crazy. But it works. Since rhubarb has a sour acidic taste, it pairs well with sweet tangy food. To make the rhubarb marinade all you do is shave the stalk (keep the shavings) with maple syrup, salt/pepper, lemon, and creamy balsamic dressing. Place that marinade in a pan with your chicken thighs (skinless). You then quickly bring to a boil in the pan with chicken until the marinade is a little caramelized, coating the chicken.
Next add your lemon slices to your chicken and pop it in oven for just 20 minutes. BUT WAIT!!!! Here’s the EPIC part ya’ll. Take those shavings, toss in oil, pepper, garlic, salt, and place on baking sheet in oven (with the chicken) and bake the last 10-15 minutes with the chicken. They should get crispy! I added veggies in the oven while it was all cooking too. Saving time. Per usual. Anyway, the crispy rhubarb shavings totally make the dish. You top your lemon chicken bake with them and dig it. Like whoa.. so so fun and tasty!
You see, rhubarb really is a badass. It makes a chicken bake look like a rockstar. In my honest opinion.
P.S if you are watching your diet for oxalate containing foods, then cooking rhubarb may reduce its oxalate content. Sorry, nerdy nutrition note. Had to.
p.p.s why is so hard to spell Rhubarb? That and frittata. Gah.. I always mess up. Thank goodness for spell check!
Favorite rhubarb recipe? Ever baked it with chicken? Do share!