Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa

Ingredients

Chicken Quinoa Pilaf

  • 2 pounds bone-in skin-on pasture-raised chicken thighs
  • 2 pounds bone-in skin-on pasture-raised chicken drumsticks
  • 4 tablespoons za’atar, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil
  • 2 lemons, zested, and juiced
  • 1 large fennel, cut into wedges lengthwise
  • 1 large leek, sliced lengthwise and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 1 ¼ cups hot water

Pistachio Salsa

  • ⅓ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

Step 1 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 1

In an oven-safe baking dish, add chicken along with za’atar, salt, ground black pepper, garlic, avocado oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Rub chicken with mixture. This could be made up to 24 hours before cooking and kept in the refrigerator. If you’ve done so and had it in the refrigerator, let the chicken reach room temperature before baking.

Step 2 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 450°F, once hot add the chicken and bake for 20 minutes.

Step 3 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Remove from the oven and lower oven temperature to 400°F. Remove chicken and place on a plate while adding the fennel, leek, and quinoa into the baking dish. Add the chicken back on top, along with any juices that were left on the plate. Top with hot water, cover, and bake for 25 minutes.

Step 4 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 4

After 25 minutes, remove the cover and bake for 20 minutes until the chicken is golden brown.

Step 5 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Make the salsa by adding the pistachios, olives, and mint to a small mixing bowl along with pomegranate seeds, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and the remaining za’atar spice. Mix well and add salt and pepper if needed.

Step 6 Roasted Chicken Quinoa Pilaf with Pistachio Salsa Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Pour salsa on top of the chicken when ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis (per serving): Calories: 756g, Total Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 212mg, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 58g, Carbohydrates: 26g, Sodium: 506mg, Sugars: 6g, Net Carbs: 22g

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