Want to serve up a revamped version of one of my Chinese granny’s best recipes? Then roll up your sleeves and make this ridiculously easy, Whole30-friendly, and super tasty Ginger-Scallion Chicken!
I know, I know—I’m always extolling the virtues of cooking chicken thighs, and you’re probably shocked that I’m not using ’em here. But to be honest, I actually prefer using chicken breasts in this Ginger-Scallion Chicken recipe. Call it nostalgia, but I adore this weeknight chicken breast recipe (which I first presented in our newest cookbook, Ready or Not!) precisely because it was inspired by one of my childhood favorites. (If you’d prefer to cook from your copy of Ready or Not!, flip to page 108. There, it’s got a longer title, “Chicken Breasts with Ginger Scallion Pesto,” and a fun cartoon with the family riffing on pesto puns.)
I grew up sharing the same house with my paternal grandparents. My mom normally ruled the kitchen, but on special occasions like birthdays and holidays, my grandma would take charge of preparing whole poached chicken with a ginger-scallion dipping sauce. Inspired by the traditional Cantonese flavors of my grandma’s home cooking, I came up with this umami-packed chicken breast recipe. I miss my grandma, but whenever I make Ginger-Scallion Chicken, I feel like she’s smiling down on me—and giving me a high-five for infusing the ginger-scallion sauce into the chicken breasts to keep ’em juicy and tender.
(Oh, and did I mention that this recipe is featured in the May 2018 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine? Because it is. Doesn’t Mini Michelle look cute standing on top of a tin of my Magic Mushroom Powder?)
Preheat the oven to 450°F with the rack in the middle position. In a small bowl, add the fat, scallions, ginger, and 2 teaspoons of Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt (use half the amount if you are using a fine grain salt or Morton’s kosher salt).
Using your fingers, carefully separate the skin of each chicken breast away from the meat to form a pocket.
Add 1 tablespoon of the “pesto” under the skin of each breast.
Carefully press and massage the skin to evenly distribute the ginger-scallion pesto. At this point, you can proceed with cooking the chicken, or you can refrigerate it for up to a day and roast it later.
When you’re ready to cook, put the chicken skin-side up on a wire rack atop a foil-lined baking sheet. (No foil? No problem. You can leave it unlined as long as you don’t mind using extra elbow grease when you clean up later.)
Brush the melted fat on the chicken breasts…
…and season with more salt.
Oven-roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the chicken registers 150°F.
Rest the chicken for 5 to 10 minutes.
Debone the breasts, slice, and serve!
If you have leftovers, they can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. But that’s a big “if”!
Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
Inactive 10 mins
Total 60 mins
Yield 4 servings
My Ginger-Scallion Chicken recipe is a simple, Whole30-friendly roasted chicken breast recipe that will knock your socks off! This recipe is a revamped weeknight version of my Cantonese grandma’s famous poached whole chicken with ginger-scallion dipping sauce!
Cuisine Chicken, Paleo, Primal, Chinese, Asian, Weeknight, Whole30, Gluten-free
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