Nom Nom Paleo's Ginger-Scallion Chicken

This easy weeknight meal is paleo-friendly! "The whole idea behind paleo is that it's an ancestral approach that prioritizes eating real, whole, nutrient-dense foods instead of hyperprocessed frankenfoods," says Michelle Tam of the blog Nom Nom Paleo.
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ginger-scallion chicken

Recipe by Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo

Start to Finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish

  • 5 tbsp. duck fat, ghee, or butter—4 tbsp. softened and 1 tbsp. melted

  • 1 tbsp. grated peeled fresh ginger Kosher salt

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (10 to 12 oz. each)


1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup scallions, the softened duck fat, ginger, and 2 tsp. kosher salt. (I use Diamond Crystal brand. If you use Morton’s, use 1 tsp.) Loosen the skin along 1 long side of each chicken breast. Tuck the scallion mixture under the skin; press down on the skin to spread the mixture evenly. 

2. Arrange the chicken on a wire rack set in a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with the melted duck fat; season with salt. 

3. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each piece registers 160°, 30 to 35 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the meat off the bone and thinly slice. Garnish with more scallions.