Cajun Chicken and Green Beans

Ready for a go-to chicken recipe that you’ll want to make on repeat? Here it is. The simplicity of this recipe from the wonderful One Pot Keto Cooking Cookbook belies its robust, fantastic flavor. But trust us, it’s all that. Here’s what its author, Charlotte Smythe, has to say about it:
“Chicken thighs are my absolute favorite cut of the chicken. So, I thoroughly enjoy showing off their juicy tenderness every chance I get. These chicken thighs are crisped up and then finished with warm Cajun spices. The green beans are the perfect addition to this dish, because they cut through the richness of the thigh and give you a fresh bite.”
[Reprinted with permission from One-Pot Keto Cooking by Charlotte Smythe, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Charlotte Smythe]
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Serves 4 One Serving: 1/4 of a 4 serving recipe

Ingredients List

  • 1 lb bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp (13 g) organic grass-fed ghee
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb fresh or frozen green beans
  • 2 lemon slices
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  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7).
  • Trim the chicken thighs of any excess skin and fat. Pat them dry using paper towels and season them with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat the ghee in a large cast-iron or oven-safe skillet over high heat. Once the pan starts to smoke, lower the heat to medium-high and add the chicken thighs to the pan skin side down. Sear the chicken for 7 minutes, or until the skin is brown and crispy. With the chicken still skin side down, transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and continue to cook the chicken for 7 minutes.
  • While the chicken is in the oven, combine the lemon juice, butter, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven, flip the chicken thighs and push them to one side of the skillet. Put the green beans on a large sheet of aluminum foil and nestle it next to the chicken in the pan. Drizzle the butter mixture all over the chicken and green beans. Nestle the lemon slices between the chicken thighs. Season the green beans with salt and pepper, then fold the long ends of the foil over the beans, and pinch the shorter ends to close the packet. Return the skillet to the oven. Continue to cook for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the green beans are fork tender.

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