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 & Olives
One Pan Lemon Sage baked Chicken with Olives is a flavorful paleo dinner ready in under 40 minutes.
For the Lemon Sage Sauce (Marinade)
- 1 to 2 tbsp chopped sage
- 1 tsp grated lemon
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp minced garlic- 2 cloves
- 1 tsp onion powder or 1/4 c chopped yellow onion
- 1/4 to 1/3 c olive oil. If you are using fresh onion, use the 1/3 c oil to blend more evenly
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt or fine sea salt
- Crushed black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp paprika - optional for kick of spice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard or honey mustard
For the Pan:
- 1.15 lbs or 16-17 ounces skinless chicken thighs (see notes if using chicken breast)
- 1 to 2 ounces green olives
- Handful of sliced onion
- Lemon slices to place on chicken
- Black pepper to season on top
- Extra Sage leaves to garnish
- OPTIONAL Vegetable boost - 1 cup chopped vegetable of choice. Toss in 1 tsp oil, pinch of salt/pepper and add to the pan or on separate pan to bake/roast with chicken.
- Preheat Oven to 400F.
- First blend your lemon sage marinade. Blend marinade ingredients all together in food processor or blender until a creamy yellow sauce is formed. (see pictures in recipe).
- Place cleaned/trimmed skinless chicken in large bowl or casserole dish.
- Pour the marinade over the chicken thighs or chicken breast. Place chicken in fridge to marinate 10 to 20 minutes. This is optional but gives it more flavor. If you are using chicken breast, you might want to marinade for 15 to 25 minutes in fridge first.
- Next place all the marinated chicken in an oven safe skillet or keep in a large casserole dish.
- Add your olives and onion slices around the chicken and lemon slices on top of each chicken.
- Season with extra salt/pepper.
- Bake/Roast for 20-25 minutes, checking internal temperature at 20 minutes to see progress. If you are using thick chicken breast, you might have to bake longer.
- Broil last 2-3 minutes to create a crispy outside on the chicken and lemon slices on top.
- Remove and let cool for a few minutes before touching chicken after broiling.
- Serve baked chicken with the marinade and garnish with sage leaves.
Serving suggestions - Feel free to add seasoning os choice, extra veggies, salad, cooked gluten free grain of choice (omit grain for paleo, whole 30 option).
Depending on the thickness of your chicken, the baking times might vary. If you use chicken breast, the cooking time will be closer to 25-30 minutes. Still check at 20 minutes for doneness.
Estimated Nutrition with Marinade: Feel free to skip extra marinade on top when serving. This will reduce the fat content if needed:
Calories 250-275, 13-15 grams of fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 80 grams of cholesterol, 2-3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 0 to 1 gram sugar, 25-26 grams of protein, 10 % iron.
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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?