This One Pan Lemon Sage Baked Chicken with Green Olives is a quick healthy recipe to make over and over again. A zesty lemon sage marinade makes for a tender and juicy baked chicken dish! Plus the olives and onions give it a boost of nutrition and flavor! A paleo and whole 30 friendly recipes that’s great by itself or serve with extra veggies, rice, etc.
One Pan Lemon Sage Baked Chicken and Olives. Aka, the most flavorful juicy one pan baked chicken recipe you’ve ever laid eyes on. Or so I like to think. I wish I could just pass you a fork (virtually) so you could taste . One day we will be able to do that. But for now, I will do my best to describe every burst of flavor that saturates this paleo dish.
Let’s begin with an overhead snapshot. Mmmk?
You see, this baked chicken is one of the very few chicken recipes I actually like. If you know me, you know chicken is like the least favorite dishes for me to eat. Not make, to eat. I am picky. So when I DO make chicken, it has to be … what’s the word I am looking for? Um… EPIC. Or it has to be so stinkin’ flavorful that it doesn’t taste like dry bland chicken.
Here are my very picky chicken favorites. Yes, I am allowed to be bias 100%.
- Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken
- Honey Cumin Roasted Chickpea and Chicken
- Drunken Chicken Zoodle Casserole
- Chili Lime Mango Baked Chicken Bowls
- Crock Pot Garlicky Green Chicken and Lentils
- Panko Paprika Crusted Chicken
And as you can see, every chicken recipe listed as some sort of marinade or topping to it. Yep, it’s all because of that saucy sauce (marinade). This One Pan Lemon Sage Baked Chicken and Olives is no different. That zesty lemon sage marinade is so heavenly and refreshing. It’s like Spring flavors “on fleek” and in a bowl. Well, almost spring that is. . so to speak.
Now, let’s dive deep into detail about this springy marinade.
First of all, it’s SOOOOOO easy to make; simple ingredients, paleo and whole 30 friendly without effort. Yea to making food simple and healthy.
Sage leaves, salt, pepper, paprika, onion, mustard (honey or dijon), olive oil, garlic, and lemon!
Blend it all together, pour over skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast, marinate for 15 minutes (or skip), and bake with green olives and extra onion slices! Then garnish with extra sage leaves, because they are so pretty.
Yep, that’s about it.
You’ll get a superfood dish that’s rich in healthy fats, protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, and rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
Fun Nerdy Fact about Sage, Sage tea, and Sage oil. Did you know that research has shown that this beauty of an herb can increase brain performance and concentration? It’s also great for soothing digestion and boosting immunity (source). Ya, all the things I need on a Monday. Would you agree?
Notes about the recipe and lemon sage marinade:
- This marinade is quite tasty on many things! Pork, salmon, veggies, etc. Stay tuned for another lemon sage marinade recipe coming up!
- Serve this baked chicken with roasted veggies, gluten free pasta, spiralized veggie noodles, quinoa, rice, or even broccoli rice.
Okay my little Spring chickens, let’s get cooking. Your new favorite baked Chicken Recipe awaits. And so does my brain power!
One Pan Lemon Sage baked Chicken with Olives is a flavorful paleo dinner ready in under 40 minutes.
For the Lemon Sage Sauce (Marinade)
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage (or 1/2 tsp ground sage)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp minced garlic- 2 cloves
- 1/2 tsp onion powder or 1/4 c chopped onion
- 1/3 c – 1/2 c olive oil. If you are using fresh onion, use the 1/2 c oil to blend more evenly
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt or fine sea salt
- Crushed black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard or honey mustard
- optional – lemon zest (1 tsp)
For the Pan:
- 1.15 lb skinless chicken thighs (see notes if using chicken breast)
- 30 grams (about 6–8 whole) pitted green olives
- 1/4 of onion, sliced
- Lemon slices to place on chicken
- Black pepper to taste
- Prepare your lemon sage marinade. In blender or food processor, blend together sage, lemon juice, lemon zest, onion, garlic, olive oil, seasonings, and mustard. The marinade should be creamy and smooth (see notes if don’t have food processor).
- Place cleaned/trimmed skinless chicken in large bowl or casserole dish.
- Pour the marinade over the chicken thighs or chicken breast. Reserve a small amount of marinade for brushing chicken with marinade, once baked. (optional)
- Place chicken in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. If you are using chicken breast, marinade for at least 1 hour in fridge first.
- After the chicken has marinated, preheat oven to 400 F.
- Place the marinated chicken and sliced onion in an oven safe skillet. Brown chicken and onion on medium high for 3 -5 minutes, flip chicken once while browning cooking. Remove from heat.
- Add the olives around the chicken and lemon slices on top of each piece of chicken.
- Season with pepper.
- Bake/Roast for 25 -30 minutes, checking internal temperature at 20 minutes to see progress. If you are using thick chicken breast, you might have to cook longer.
- Broil last 2-3 minutes to create a crispy outside on the chicken and lemon slices on top.
- Remove and let sit for 8-10 minutes before touching serving.
- Optional – Brush baked chicken with the reserved marinade
If you don’t have a food processor to make the marinade, replace the chopped onion with onion powder and whisk ingredients together in small bowl until combined. Adjust taste as needed.
If your chicken thighs are larger than the palm of your hand, you can double the marinade and use enough to coat chicken and more. Save the marinade for dressings, dips, etc.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 4 ounces
- Calories: 250
- Sugar: 1g
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 2.5g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 25g
- Cholesterol: 80mg
Keywords: baked chicken, paleo, gluten free, low carb
Oh, final tid bits.
Research has shown that burning sage removes a whopping 94% of harmful bacteria in the air. It’s called smudging. Have you heard of this? Haha I dare not attempt it yet, but it does sound enticing for Spring Cleaning. Haha!
Favorite Chicken Marinade?