Recipe Shout-Out: Damn Fine Chicken!

Oh yes. You heard me. With a title like that, how could I resist?

Thank you, Nom Nom Paleo. That is indeed some damn fine chicken. Sorry for the one silly photo, but we were having camera malfunctions that night.

Of course, I can never leave well-enough alone, so I had to tamper a bit. The recipe as given is for the oven, and to get this grill-ready, I incorporated the flavors into a marinade and reserved some of it for a sauce.

When I saw the ingredient list, I was a bit befuddled. This is not a combination I could’ve imagined in my wildest dreams. But it works and it’s totally worthy of your grill before summer is over. Here’s my rendition.

Nom Nom Paleo’s Damn Fine Chicken

4 thighs and 4 drumsticks, skin-on and bone-in

1 large sweet onion, like Walla Walla or Vidalia, chopped

3 Tbsp. sherry vinegar

3 Tbsp. olive oil (or other oil)

1 Tbsp. wheat-free tamari

1 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 tsp. each kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

1) Sprinkle raw chicken with S&P. Add onion, vinegar, oil, tamari, fish sauce, and S&P to a blender and whirl around until smooth. Put chicken pieces and half of marinade in a large zip baggie and refrigerate for as long as you can (4-24 hours).

2) Prepare grill. When hot, grill until good grill marks appear, about 4-5 minutes. Then grill on indirect heat for 12-15 minutes, turning and moving as necessary to avoid flare-ups. Serve chicken with additional sauce for dipping or simply pour over grilled pieces.

Serves 4.

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4 Responses to “Recipe Shout-Out: Damn Fine Chicken!”

  1. Even though the Temari is what and gluten free, it is still soy-based. Isn’t this nor very paleo. It this just a little bit of a cheat to make the recipe kick, or am I missing something? Just curious. Thanks.

    • In the Primal world, wheat-free tamari is acceptable if you’re not being strict. The fermentation process removes any of the baddies associated with soy.

      You can sub coconut aminos if you’d prefer. The original recipe uses them.

  2. Got it. Thanks for clearing that up. Why in the Primal world specifically is it accepted?

    • Primal tends to be a bit more lax about a few things, especially if backed up by research. Paleo tends more toward a re-enactment style of eating, i.e. since hunter-gatherers didn’t have soy sauce, neither should we. But because wheat-free tamari doesn’t have the gut irritants, we’re okay using it.

      Hope that helps!

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