Damn Fine Chicken - a Nom Nom Paleo Recipe Review

I'm willing to bet that 50% of you know who Michelle is over at Nom Nom Paleo, and the other 50% are probably thinking "hmmm....that sounds vaguely familiar" ... am I right??

So yeah, she makes some stuff that I've not ventured into as of yet (bone broth, organs, etc.) but some of her other stuff I have tried and well, yeah, it's pretty tasty ... but I've yet to find something to say Damn Fine, and I know Hubby would certainly back me up on that!

So what the heck, let's give this here Damn Fine Chicken recipe a shot and see if we have a winner, shall we?




It should be noted that this was really supposed to be served up on Thursday night according to the menu plan, but being a 'single girl' has enabled me to eat popcorn on Monday night, out with the Princess for a quick bite at my favorite pub (was to be with girlfriend but she got tied up earlier in the day), out to dinner with kids AGAIN on Wednesday, visit with Dad on Thursday (dinner was a few slices of ham rolled up and shoved in my mouth at 9pm), Friday was out with girlfriend  ... and what the heck, I felt like making some damn fine chicken Saturday morning and since it's just ME, I'm doing it!

Now, I am trying to clear the freezers out because it is June, which signals the start of HURRICANE SEASON for us lucky dogs that live in Paradise ... and that would be why Hubby said NO COSTCO while he was gone (really, do you think he'd notice another trip to Costco??) ... I chose to use bone in chicken thighs ... I've got a few packages left in the freezer and what the heck, I'm not a big leg fan anyways!

AND because I've been spending more than the expected eight hours a day at the office, and I've been out 4 of the 5 nights so far this week, which means house cleaning and laundry have NOT been taken care of, I also opted to use the crock pot to let these babies cook while I'm cleaning, washing, folding, ironing, the works! Sounds like a winner already, don't you think?

So, crank up Pandora to the station YOU like (I got lucky, not a soul in the house BUT ME! so I put on Black Eyed Peas ... first up was Boom Boom Pow and then ... I'm Sexy and I Know It (sorry, I just can't link up the video, it's a little disturbing).  Um, yes, I did dance around, jumping, shaking, shimmying and fist pumping ... there are NO witnesses!


Yes, I know this is "I Gotta Feeling" but I was too busy dancing to take a pic of Boom Boom Pow!

Once I caught my breath (heck, 50 and dancing like I'm 19 isn't like it was just a few years ago!), I got down to cooking and this is how I did it ...




2 package of bone in chicken thighs WITH skin on (10 6 medium size thighs)
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 clove of garlic, finely chopped (um, I process my garlic in advance so I just used a generous tsp)
6 tbs balsamic vinegar
6 tbs avocado oil (yes, I really did have some in the pantry...you can use any other mild oil)
2 tbs coconut amino's (again, yes, I have some in the pantry. Use soy sauce if you don't!)
2 tbs fish sauce (I used the Red Boat I have)
Salt & pepper
Generous sprinkle of Italian seasoning

Quick question: how do you store your measuring spoons? I have something like 7 or 8 sets so I just cram them all in this little stoneware cup ...



Ready?

Mix all ingredients except the chicken in the crock.  Add chicken and toss to coat all pieces well.




Put the lid on and turn crock pot on low for 5 hours.

Ahem ... then Gangnam Style came on ... perfect timing, so I did my little dance right there in the kitchen ... again, NO witnesses, except Kitty Kitty who wasn't sure what to do :-) FYI ... that Youtube link is for the Music Awards live performance and I just think it's awesome how EVERYONE was dancing in the crowd :-)

When you feel the chicken is really sufficiently cooked through, fire up the broiler in the oven.  Remove chicken and place on a rack on a cookie sheet.




Place under broiler, skin side up and allow to broil til a little crispy and slightly charry looking (ahem, there's a very very fine line between charry and BURNT so keep an eye on it...no dishes, no phone, nothing but staring at the oven window!)

Remove, smell, poke (careful, it's hot!) and think, wow, that's Damn Fine Chicken!



Seriously, this was pretty tasty and I can't wait to give it a try when Hubby is home! Go ahead, give it a shot, it's worth it!

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Comments

  1. oh, that looks lovely! But why did you cross out the 10 in favor of 6 thighs? My costco packages are usually 4 thighs per pkg, so if I do two, that's 8 thighs, there's enough sauce, right?

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    1. Hi Staci ... originally I was going to use the Costco packages of thighs (which I think come in 5 pk for bone in?) but ended up using the Whole Foods packages and there only THREE per package (huh!) Yes, plenty of sauce there to marinate and cook them in!

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    2. Excellent, thanks, I think this might be Monday's dinner! :)

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  2. Andrea in Morgan Hill CAWednesday, June 11, 2014

    I have never been good at making barbequed chicken for a crowd, and I have a crowd coming to the house soon, so I am going to makea bunch of this chicken and just finish it on the barbeque instead of the broiler. I think I will practice first on just the family. It certainly looks damn fine! Thanks to you and to Nom Nom Paleo...

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  3. That looks really good and easy!
    I'm not trying to scare you but there's a recall on that pepper! http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2014/06/black_pepper_sold_in_costco_st.html

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    1. Giggle, I know there is ... that bottle is half gone and we haven't had anything happen yet ;-) But just for my own sanity and yours :-) I went and checked the recall, then pulled out the reading glasses, fired up the bright bright overhead light and read the FINE PRINT WRITING IN RED and see my number is OT060151 ... not a part of the recall, thankfully :-) ... yes, the recipe is way easy!

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  4. Looks super tasty! How well do you think this would work with a whole chicken? I'm thinking it could turn out well....

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    1. I imagine it would work great for a whole chicken but could NOT tell you how long to cook it for ... let me know if you try it though!

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    2. You can try about 8 hrs on low. That's how I do a whole chicken, but I use dry rubs. Your bird won't be submerged in the marinade, so you may not get the same results.

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  5. What a funny post had a great laugh (with you though, not at you :) I think the recipe ended up second place to the visuals of you dancing around to the music while you were doing the chores! I'm new to blogging myself, only switched to Primal eating last November and now want to share my recipes. So inspired by your post. Oh yes the recipe! It looks delicious and I love the idea of throwing it all in the slow cooker (crock pot us Kiwis call it). Michelle over at Nomnom is awesome.

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    1. Ah, thank you Wendy ... it's very rare that I can play the crazy music of MY choice so I have a tendency to ramp it up when the opportunity arrives ;-) Of course, my dancing and acting like I'm 19, even 30 might have something to do with it!

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  6. WOW, I never thought chicken could come out that good looking, considering it was initially prepped in a crockpot! Thanks!

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    1. I know! Isn't that great? Usually it looks sort of iffy and mushy! I was pretty happy with the results!

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  7. Your chicken looks like it is mouth watering....I will be trying it soon. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Let me know what you think!

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  8. This looks really good. Since we mainly eat poultry, I'm always looking for a new way to cook it. Thank you for providing non-paleo alternatives. I don't even know where I'd get coconut aminos....

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  9. Carissa DenecaFriday, June 13, 2014

    I used two split breasts. I hope it come out well!

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  10. This Chicken will be fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. This is just gorgeous chicken thanks so much for bringing to us on foodie friday. Pinned.

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  12. omg yum! Pinning now :) Thanks for stopping by our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. I hope you can join us tonight at 8:30 PM EST - Doree

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  13. I'm always on the look out for a new chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing,

    Linda

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  14. I'm laughing because that's exactly how I store my measuring spoons...well, almost. Mine are crammed into a small jelly jar. And it's sometimes a pain because they all fall out when I pull just one. But, I never learn.

    This does look like damn fine chicken. The mahogany color...geez that could be in a magazine! Thank you for sharing, Jan.

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  15. I made this today substituting olive oil and soy sauce. I also used Chinese five spice instead of Italian seasoning. The smell was incredible and it tasted delicious!!

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