Garlic Ginger Chicken

Today marks the start of day 4 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox and we are still going strong (it’s never too late to join in!) Once day 4 or 5 hits I always start to feel pretty good. I don’t feel bloated anymore, my stomach looks flatter, my head ache is gone, and my skin starts to get a nice glow. Tip to those looking to have nicer skin, eat clean and hydrate! Water and real food really does a body good.

I’m really proud of Bill through all of this as well. He is really being a real trooper. I suffered from a pretty wicked head ache the first 3 days, but Bill actually has been pretty down. The lack of sugar in his diet effected him in a way he really didn’t expect. Although he feels great physically, I have noticed he has been a little more “in his thoughts” than he usually is. He even admitted to me yesterday that he was almost feeling a bit depressed. I reassured him that those feeling could be a detox symptom and we should just up his fat intake to make sure he felt better. I think it worked, because today he seems to be back to his normal happy self. Thank goodness, because I absolutely hate when Bill isn’t happy, and with the digestive issues he suffers from, all I really want is for him to feel good.

Last night we ended our day with one of the best tasting meals we have EVER had. Some of you may have seen us post about it on Facebook. We (okay, I) made the best chicken we have ever had. Seriously, I licked my plate, and took a spoon to the left over drippings in the pan. I’m not even ashamed of my post-meal actions. I’m proud of it. I actually wasn’t really sure how this recipe would turn out. I knew it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be THAT good. I think it was the mix of the butter with the coconut aminos, the chicken fat, and the garlic all cooking together and caramelizing that made the dish. It almost tasted like a version of (Paleo) General Tso’s chicken… totally unexpected. The slight zing of ginger in the dish made it’s presence in every couple bites as well. I really think we will be repeating this meal every week until we get sick of it….not sure if we ever will. Next time around I may try cutting the chicken up and plating it over riced cauliflower.


  1. Preheat the oven to bake at 425.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt butter on low heat.
  3. Turn heat to medium and add the ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and coconut aminos to the butter.
  4. Allow mixture to come to a bubble, and allow to bubble while stirring for a minute or two, then remove from heat.
  5. Place chicken legs in an oven save baking dish. 
  6. Pour sauce over each chicken leg.
  7. Sprinkle each leg with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake chicken at 425 for 45 minutes.
  9. Allow chicken to cool for 30-45 minutes and then enjoy.

: We actually let this chicken cool for about an hour before we ate it. The sauce thickened from the butter and chicken fat, and really made the dish that much more amazing.

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    1. January 5, 2012

      Oh…that does look yummy and I HAVE to try it!! A couple of questions/comments. I'm still fairly new at the Paleo eating (got your cookbook though and am LOVING it!!). What exactly is coconut aminos? Also,is it something I could find locally or do I have to order online? I have Bragg's liquid aminos…same thing or really different? Also, same questions with the fish sauce. And lastly, thinking on step 2 you mean melt butter not garlic?

    2. January 5, 2012

      This looks so amazing. I want to try it sometime soon!

    3. January 5, 2012

      Hi Kymber,

      Thanks so much for the heads up on my recipe error. I did mean butter, thanks!

      Coconut Aminos are a soy sauce substitute. If you click the link it will take you to amazon so you can view the product. We typically purchase our coconut aminos from Whole Foods or our local food coop. Bragg's liquid aminos is okay in that it does not have gluten, however it still has soy which we avoid. Fish sauce is another seasoning typically found in asian dishes. There are many different brands of fish sauce, however the Red Boat brand is one that we found to be the cleanest as as far as ingredients go. Many other brands have sugar added.

    4. January 5, 2012

      My husband has this weird aversion to anything served on the bone, so this might just be my private stash of deliciousness! Also, I love your book (so up my alley as a southerner), and thank you for linking to good products on Amazon!

    5. January 5, 2012

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for the explanations on the two ingredients. I'm still learning and trying to find the different ingredients. I'm in Idaho and our 1st Whole Foods is currently being built…but there is a local co-op that carries a lot of great things…where I can pick up my almond flour and things like raw mac nuts and oils. I'll have to look to see if they have the coconut aminios and the fish oil, otherwise I will follow your links to Amazon. Wow…and I guess I will have to look closer at the ingredient list on the Bragg's…didn't realize that it had soy in it…and that is something I've been trying to avoid!

    6. January 6, 2012

      bevvbevv- you can make this recipe using boneless chicken thighs! It would be great that way as well!

      Kymber- Happy to help!

    7. January 6, 2012

      Can you substitute tamari for the aminos?

    8. January 7, 2012

      Going to make a double batch of this tomorrow night so we have loads of leftovers for lunches during the week. I'm very excited to try this!

    9. January 8, 2012

      Drove all over Long Beach to find an Asian market open Sunday night for fish sauce. It's in the oven now and smells fantastic!

    10. January 11, 2012

      Totally delicious! I made 10 legs tonight and adjusted accordingly and it turned out great. The heat seemed to be too high or the time too long. Not sure which because inside of 20 mins the liquids were black like they were burning along the edges. I think my oven tends to run a little hotter. Even my 6 year old asked for seconds! Really delicious. Same question as Christy sort of…is tamari paleo? I used it b/c it was what I had and it was delicious! I'm in Sweden so not sure if I could even find coconut aminos. I'll try though.

    11. January 20, 2012

      So you're supposed to eat the meat cold? It looks so delicious!

    12. January 24, 2012

      These were SO, SO good. I am going to have to make some more for the weekend…thank you SO much. My husband and I started the diet a month ago and it has made a huge difference. My girls eat mostly Paleo/Primal…

    13. January 26, 2012

      Holy balls these are good. We doubled the recipe too, and noshed on leftovers for three days! The simplest recipes are so often the best, and you two have such a knack for them.

      Heather (sorry for the website coming up instead of my name…)

    14. February 13, 2012

      This is so, so yummy. My kids love it too! I think I've made it five times in two weeks.

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