I have had a can of artichoke hearts in my pantry that have been there for months. Since I was making chicken tonight, I decided to get creative. I threw this simple dish together in 10 minutes, baked it 1 hour while we watched the evening news. Was it EVER delicious! Even my husband liked this!! And he’s not even fond of artichokes! Refuses to eat them boiled with butter when I make them. But when he was finished wolfing this down at dinner, he volunteered “Be sure to post this on your blog.” That’s the best compliment I can get. It truly was delicious and the key ingredient, the Shawarma Spice Blend in the mayo, adds so much to this dish. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets. With all this dairy, it would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo, however.
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NOTE: I just discovered that the reheated leftovers are even tastier than on first baking!! So this dish, if serving to company, might be better made a day ahead, only partially cooking/browning the chicken for 35 minutes and removing from oven. Refrigerate overnight and allow it to finish cooking/browning the next day as it is warming up. :)
3 large chicken thighs
3 large chicken drumsticks
5 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ c. sour cream
¼ c. + 2 T. my Shawarma Mayonnaise
½ c. parsley, chopped
2 oz. yellow onion, chopped fine
1 can artichoke hearts, drained or 1 c. marinated salad artichokes, cut in halves, rinsed well
Dash sea salt
¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
3 T. melted butter for basting
DIRECTIONS: Remove the chicken from the bones, leaving the skin on as it adds so much flavor. You can boil the bones for some great stock for future use. I cut each piece of the meat into two smaller pieces. Set meat aside for now. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly oil a ceramic 9×13 baking dish.
Soften the cream cheese by your preferred method. I nuke mine in a glass mixing bowl on DEFROST for 2-3 seconds. Stir in sour cream and mayo and blend well with a rubber spatula. Add chopped parsley, onion, salt and pepper and stir again. Fold the chopped artichoke hearts gently into the creamy mixture. Spoon the artichoke mixture into the oiled baking dish and spread evenly. Place the pieces of chicken, skin side up, on top of the mixture. Mine were slightly touching in my dish, but they shrink during cooking. Using a brush, baste meat with a bit of the melted butter. Sprinkle with another dash of salt and black pepper. Pop into 350º oven and bake for 1 hour. Baste again with melted butter at the 20 minute mare and again at 40 minutes cook time. Remove from oven at the 1 hour mark when chicken should be golden brown. Serve with your favorite green salad or green veggie side dish.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 5 servings, each contains
529 calories, 50 g fat (reduce dairy items a bit to lower fat), 6.68 g carbs, 2.00 g fiber, 4.68 g NET CARBS, 22 g protein, 468 mg sodium