I’m obsessed with good food so I’m always reading food blogs to get new ideas on what to cook or where to eat. Since going Paleo, most recipes posted on my favorite food blogs are carb-heavy dishes that I’ll only cook sometime in the future as a F-off/cheat meal.

That’s why I got so excited when I found Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Chicken-In-The-Pot. Dorie is an effing genius in the kitchen and her well-written blog is so much fun to read. She’s definitely one of my food blogger idols.

I made Chicken-In-The-Pot tonight with some modifications to make it Whole30 compliant and to fit my palate. Dorie’s recipe is super simple, really flexible, and the resulting dish was amazingly delicious.

Time to make Dorie Greenspan’s Chicken-In-The-Pot!

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • ~2/3 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 heads of garlic, broken into cloves, but not peeled
  • 16 shallots, peeled and trimmed
  • 8 carrots, peeled, trimmed and quartered
  • 4 celery stalks, trimmed and quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary 
(she calls for 3 sprigs but my sprig was extra bushy – and I don’t really like this herb)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 16 pitted prunes (USE them, don’t be afraid to add fruit to your savory dishes!)
  • 3 pounds of organic chicken drumsticks (you can also use 1 chicken, whole or cut-up but I like all dark meat)
  • 1 small green cabbage cut into 8 wedges (try Savoy cabbage)
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I used extra chicken broth and the vinegar to replace the white wine)

Equipment:

  • All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.

Method:

I preheated my oven to 450° F, assembled all my ingredients, and prepped my veggies.

Assembled ingredients on a kitchen countertop for the paleo chicken-in-a-pot recipe.

I ended up cutting the cabbage into eight wedges post photo.

In two batches, I browned the garlic, shallots, carrots, and celery in a couple tablespoons of avocado oil over medium high heat…

Garlic, celery, and carrots roasting in a pan.

…and placed the browned vegetables in my large Dutch oven. I added the herbs, lemon zest, and prunes to the vegetables and mixed everything together.

A Dutch oven filled with the ingredients for the paleo chick-in-a-pot recipe.

Don’t be afraid to add the prunes – they help balance the dish.

I love this brand:

A jar of prunes.

(These super moist, sweet prunes make Sunsweet prunes taste like dessicated turds. I’m just sayin’…)

I seasoned my drumsticks with salt and pepper…

Seasoned drum sticks on a cutting board.

…and browned them in avocado oil over medium high heat (the browning part is optional per Dorie).

Three drumsticks frying on a cast iron skillet.

Then, I put the drumsticks on top of the vegetables in the Dutch oven and I added the cabbage wedges.

I whisked the chicken broth, ½ a cup of avocado oil, and apple cider vinegar together and poured it over the cabbage.

A Dutch oven filled with large slices of cabbage.

I added a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top, lay a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil over the top of the cabbage, put my lid on top tightly, and crimped the edges to make a tight seal.

A Dutch oven with its lid on sitting on a stove.

I popped it in my oven for 70 minutes.

Cabbage in a Dutch oven after being braised in the oven.

It smelled so good when I took the cover off!

I served the chicken with garlic and purple cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” and baked Japanese yam.

The final dish of the paleo recipe chicken-in-the-pot plated.

Good stuff. I can’t wait to get Dorie’s new book in the mail in two days!


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), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).


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Dorie Greenspan's Chicken-In-The-Pot

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8
I made Dorie Greenspan's Chicken-In-The-Pot recipe with some modifications to make it Whole30 compliant and to fit my palate. Dorie’s recipe is super simple, really flexible, and the resulting dish is amazingly delicious!

Ingredients  

  • 4 heads of garlic broken into cloves but not peeled
  • 16 shallots peeled and trimmed
  • 8 carrots peeled, trimmed, and quartered
  • 4 celery stalks trimmed and quartered
  • cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 4 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 lemon grated for zest
  • 16 pitted prunes
  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks you can also use 1 chicken, whole or cut-up
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small green cabbage cut into 8 wedges
  • cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. In two batches, brown the garlic, shallots, carrots, and celery in a cast iron skillet with a couple tablespoons of avocado oil over medium high heat. Once browned, place them in a large Dutch Oven. Add the herbs, lemon zest, and prunes and mix everything together.
  • Season your drumsticks with salt and pepper. Then, brown them in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Put the drumsticks on top of the vegetables in the Dutch oven and top with the cabbage wedges.
  • Whisk the chicken broth, ½ cup of avocado oil, and apple cider vinegar together in a separate bowl. Once mixed, pour it over the cabbage in the Dutch oven.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top, lay a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil over the top of the cabbage, put the lid of the Dutch oven on top tightly, and crimped the edges to make a tight seal.
  • Pop the Dutch oven into your oven for 70 minutes. Serve the chicken with garlic and purple cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” and baked Japanese yam!

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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