You know those go-to recipes that you can make in a pinch, especially on those nights where you just don’t want to answer “what’s for dinner?!” This recipe for pan-seared chicken thighs is definitely one of them. I’ve had this one in my recipe arsenal for years. It’s amazing because it looks like you really put a lot of thought and effort into cooking when really it took you only 20 minutes to make. Oh, and it’s bursting with flavor! The fennel, lemon, and herbs come together beautifully to create this mouthwatering, nutrient-packed dish. I served this with a side of cauliflower mash and big heap of baby arugula tossed with lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. 

RECIPE: Lemon and Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs | Paleo, Whole30, Keto | by Candace Kennedy

Oh, and before I forget, let’s talk about fennel.

Fennel is delicious. It is a great source of vitamin C, a nutrient essential to collagen formation.[1] It can also improve your circulation, especially if your circulation is impaired.[2] It’s also a good source of fiber and potassium. Fennel has an interesting phytonutrient profile containing quercetin, rutin, and anethole. Quercetin is one of my go-to nutrients for combating allergies. It is a potent antihistamine and antioxidant.[3] Studies on anethole demonstrate its powerful anti-inflammatory response and show that it may even be effective at fighting cancer.[4] 

RECIPE: Lemon and Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs | Paleo, Whole30, Keto | by Candace Kennedy

And one more thing! This recipe is Paleo, Whole30, Keto, and Low-Carb-Friendly! Delicious, satisfying and guilt-free (as all cooking and eating should be!). 

Okay, now let’s eat. Happy cooking!

RECIPE: Lemon and Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs | Paleo, Whole30, Keto | by Candace Kennedy

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lbs chicken thighs (I get my chicken from US Wellness Meats…amazing pasture-raised poultry!)
  • 1 T cooking fat (I used this one)
  • 3-4 T Herbs de Provence (this is a great blend)
  • 1 t sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pat the chicken thighs down to remove excess moisture. Season with 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper and coat with the Herbs de Provence.
  2. Heat your cooking fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and sear on both sides (about 3 minutes each side).
  4. Add the fennel and lemon slices to the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook another 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. 
  5. Taste-test and add more S&P, if needed.
  6. Enjoy! I like to serve this with a big side of leafy greens. 

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Lemon and Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs
A quick, flavorful recipe for chicken thighs that's paleo, Whole30 and low-carb-friendly!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lbs chicken thighs
  2. 1 T cooking fat
  3. 3-4 T Herbs de Provence, enough to generously coat all of the chicken
  4. 1 t salt, plus more to taste
  5. 1/2 t black pepper
  6. 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  7. 1 lemon, sliced
Instructions
  1. Pat the chicken thighs down to remove excess moisture. Season with 1 t salt, 1/2 pepper and cover with the Herbs de Provence.
  2. Heat your cooking fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and sear on both sides (about 3 minutes each side).
  4. Add the fennel and lemon slices to the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook another 8-10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Taste-test and add more S&P, if needed.
  6. Enjoy! I like to serve this with a big side of leafy greens
Candace Kennedy http://candacekennedy.com/

 

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RECIPE: Lemon + Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs | Paleo, Whole30, Keto | by Candace Kennedy


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References:

[1] http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/collagen.html

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21622825

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18187018

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10871845

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