Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken (Paleo, Whole30 Option)






This cranberry rosemary one-pan chicken is an easy, healthy dinner perfect for your winter weeknight dinner rotation. Paleo, full of flavor, and super quick. You’ll fall in love with how the tart cranberries marry the heady rosemary, grounded with a white wine sauce, because… why not? Whole30 option and low carb friendly.

Prep Time 10 minutes 

Cook Time 30 minutes 

Marinating Time 30 minutes 

Total Time 40 minutes 

Servings 6  chicken thighs

Ingredients

Cranberry Rosemary Marinade

  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

Chicken

  • 3 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs about 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Equipment Needed

  • 9×3″ baking dish
  • pastry brush

Instructions

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in food processor or blender and process until smooth. Place chicken, skin side up, in a 9×13″ baking dish and pour marinade over, spreading to coat chicken evenly. Cover and marinate in the fridge at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
  2. 30 minutes before baking, remove dish from oven and let stand at room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º. With a spoon, scrape marinade from the chicken skin, leaving in the baking dish. Brush skins with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season skins with plenty of salt. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries and 4 sprigs of rosemary around chicken thighs. 
  4. Bake for 22 minutes then remove from oven and preheat broiler. Discard cooked rosemary sprigs.
  5. Brush 1 tablespoon maple syrup over chicken thighs skin. Place under broiler, about 10″ from heating element, and broil 5-7 minutes or until skin is crispy and getting dark in places. Watch carefully to make sure the skin browns evenly and does not burn, moving the dish around to brown evenly if necessary. 
  6. Remove from oven and spoon cranberries and sauce on top of chicken. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve immediately with plenty of sauce.

Recipe Notes

If you’re on a Whole30, replace the maple syrup in the marinade with more coconut aminos. Skip the maple syrup brushed onto the skin before broiling; replace it with more olive oil if desired. Replace the white wine with chicken broth.

If you’re strictly paleo, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

I have to move my baking dish around underneath the broiler every 3 minutes or so to ensure an even browning.