Savory with a subtle deep sweetness, this Cast Iron Skillet Chicken with Roasted Grapes & Leeks is a soul-soothing healthy, allergy-free, gluten-free, paleo dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy!
Summer is all about grilled fruits, winter is all about roasted!My favorite? Roasted grapes! They get this glorious deep, caramelized, rich-sweet taste. Little soft bursts of goodness (as if they weren’t bursts of goodness as is!) Grapes have got to be in my top favorite fruits. My favorite are black first, then red, then green. They must be firm and sweet! During the winter when all the other lovely little biteable fruit is lacking, grapes are my go-to and you can guarantee to find them in my fridge (and freezer!)
That’s a food-waste hack. Sometimes you buy WAY too many grapes and there is no way one little person will finish them all before they start to get soft…and turn into raisins or get moldy. Instead of throwing them out, make sure to wash, dry, and freeze them loosely in a big ‘ole Ziplock bag! Then when you need some snacking fruit (or something to make a smoothie super creamy and frosty), just pop them out a few minutes before eating and they are cold firm bursts of joy yet again!
Or…if you don’t feel like freezing them or you waited just a bit too long, ROAST THEM! Grapes had more uses than you thought, eh? They never have to go to waste, trust me! With it getting colder and colder with each passing day, eating frozen grapes may not be your top priority, so instead…use them for dinner! You know how much I advocate fruit + chicken combos, from slow cooker to cast iron skillet!
Throw some chicken tenders in your favorite cast iron, then add some grapes, sliced leeks, a few savory spices, and one more secret flavoring ingreindent…grape juice! You bet! this gluten-free and allergy-free dinner recipe is subtly sweet and deep in rich warming flavors and spices! You get to use two fancy sounding foods, grapes and leeks (at least…I feel like they have a bit of fancy-shmacy flare to them!)
Skillet Chicken with Roasted Grapes & Leeks
- Preheat the oven to 375° F.
- In a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet, add all ingredients except the juice. Mix and toss with your hands to coat everything together.
- Spread the chicken pieces out and then add the juice.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is properly cooked through.
A little fun, delicious, nutritious, and unexpected way to use up some extra fruit! Never be scared to get creative with leftover food you may have! Better yet, as I always tell you, chicken never have to be boring! There are so many fun ways to flavor up that blank slate protein! Dinner is served…and devoured!
So tell me:
+ What’s your favorite color grape? BLACK! They are always the firmest and sweetest!
+ Do you like to freeze produce before it goes bad if you know you won’t get to it? YES!
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