Cleanse-Friendly 5-Spice Chicken Recipe

We all know that eating whole foods rich in nutrients is vital for well-being and the foundation of a healing diet. But a simple way to up the therapeutic value of a meal is to cook with spices. Spices contain powerful medicinal compounds for everyday healing and prevention. For instance, cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, turmeric helps reduce inflammation, coriander helps ease stomach discomfort, ginger helps with indigestion, and cardamom has anti-cancer properties.

Looking for a simple trick to enhance your Be Well Cleanse experience? Embrace spices! Here is a cleanse-friendly one-pan chicken recipe featuring the aforementioned spices. Enjoy!

Cleanse-Friendly 5-Spice Chicken Recipe
 
Serves 6
Ingredients
Chicken and vegetables
  • 6 bone-in organic, pasture-raised chicken thighs (roughly 2 to 2½ pounds)
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts (cut in half)
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 sweet potatoes (chopped into 1 inch thick pieces)
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • Fresh cilantro to sprinkle on top (optional)
Spice blend
  • 2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2 tsp ground peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • Sea salt and pepper adjusted to taste preference
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all spices together.
  3. Place all chopped vegetables (onion, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potato, and garlic) on a large parchment paper-lined sheet pan.
  4. Sprinkle half of the spice blend on the vegetables and 1 ½ tablespoons of avocado oil. Mix well.
  5. In a large bowl, coat the chicken with the rest of the spice mixture and avocado oil, and mix well.
  6. Place chicken on top of the vegetables, and place in oven.
  7. Roast for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees.
  8. Remove and serve with fresh cilantro on top if desired.

 

Katie Ulrich is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Academy of Healing Nutrition, and holds her 200 hour Yoga Certification. As a coach her goals are to help elevate her clients with education about the power of a whole foods diet, and help guide them to learn which foods work best for their body and lifestyle. She strives to help people learn how to tune in and connect their body and mind. Healing and nourishing oneself is a lifelong journey that Katie hopes to empower others to embrace with joy, ease, and compassion. She helps integrate simple habits and aims to show clients that a shift into a healthy lifestyle is delicious, rejuvenating, and fun.