Ginger Chicken Recipe

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Ginger Chicken Recipe paleo

Ginger is one of my favorite spices.  Not only can it be pungent but it also pairs amazingly well with sweets.

My mom used to make Ginger Chicken for us once a week and after recreating the dish, I remember why I love it so much.   It’s an easy paleo chicken recipe using only 10 ingredients but it packs a punch of awesomeness.

The recipe creates a tasty gingery sauce that you will want to hoard  share and spoon upon the chicken legs.

What you’ll love about this ginger chicken recipe:

For starters, this recipe is easy to make, and that is going to kick major butt for you. Anything that is swift and easy to make is going to save you some big time!

We all need as much time as we can to get done all of the other things that are pressing us schedule-wise, whether it is more time with the kids or just a few minutes to ourselves. Whip this simple recipe up, and use the rest of the time to do something amazing for yourself.

It’s not just easy, it is healthy!

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This recipe is packed with ginger, which is practically a superfood.  Do you know how great ginger is for you? Remember how your grandmother used to give you a cup of ginger ale to settle your stomach? That wasn’t an accident.

Ginger can help to settle a nauseous stomach (including morning sickness) and helps as an anti-inflammatory that can reduce pain from arthritis and other ailments caused by inflammation. Ginger can help to reduce muscle pain and soreness, including menstrual cramps.

Ginger may also lower blood pressure, cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. If you are struggling with chronic indigestion, ginger can help to turn it around.  With just a little bit of ginger incorporated into your diet, you could be helping many of your common health issues.

Spice = Diet variety

Besides those amazing health benefits, ginger is one of those spices that can add a great punch of flavor to your food without adding a bunch of calories to your meal. Whenever we can add a unique flavor to our foods, it helps us to widen the variety of what we are able to eat.

Variety is one of the main things that will help us to stay working towards our healthy eating goals. If you eat the same menu on a regular basis, you’ll find yourself bored with the food you are eating.

That boredom can lead you to make some poor food choices just to switch things up a bit. Adding ginger (and any other unique spice) to your dishes can give you one more tool in your healthy eating arsenal.

This ginger chicken is Paleo positive

For those of you who are following the Paleo diet, you’ll love the fact that this is a Paleo compliant recipe.

Have you heard of the Paleo diet?

To make a long story short, the Paleo diet’s eating style centers around the idea that during the Paleolithic period,  man did not have access to many of the grains, bread, and processed foods that we currently eat on a regular basis. Instead, humans survived on what they were able to forage and hunt.

On the Paleo diet you can eat foods like nuts, seeds, meat, fish, healthy fats and oils (like olive or avocado) while avoiding foods like potatoes, rice, bread, grains, and refined sugars. Following this diet will have you eating healthier and losing weight in no time.

It’s amazing that so many of the Filipino recipes that I grew up eating are Paleo.   I hope that you enjoy it!

This ginger chicken brings back memories for me. The fact that it is also healthy eating? That’s just a bonus. I hope you enjoy it and create great memories of your own while eating it.


Ginger Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 55 kcal
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1.25 lbs chicken legs
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 piece fresh ginger roughly 1" wide x 2" tall x 1/2" thick, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper optional
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp red onion diced
  • 1 stalk green onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Combine the coconut oil, chopped yellow onion and ginger in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Place your chicken legs in the skillet and add your seasonings. Cover with a lid.
  3. Turn the heat to low and allow to cook covered for 35 - 40 minutes.
  4. The chicken legs will release water creating a gingery sauce. Throw in the red onion for the last 3 minutes.
  5. Optional:
  6. For more color on the chicken remove them from the skillet and broil for 3 - 5 minutes and return to the pan.
  7. Top with chopped green onion and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

0 SmartPoint Weight Watchers

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (170 g)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 389mg 16%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Penelope June 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Wow, that looks incredible! I want some now 🙂

  2. Notorious Spinks June 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    OMG! You make me so hungry. Do I use regular coconut oil or extra virgin? i want to try this.

    1. Bejelly June 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      I use organic raw coconut oil but any type of cooking oil will work 🙂 I hope that you like it!

  3. Our Small Hours June 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Oh man that looks good! I pinned and stumbled this. Great recipe!

    1. Bejelly June 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Lolo June 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love all of the flavors you put together. I am going to have to try this!

  5. Full Time Mama June 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Looks amazing!! You should come link up to Delicious Dish Tuesday! 😉 Pinning!

    1. Bejelly June 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Done 🙂 Thanks Alesha.

  6. Jennifer June 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    wow, that looks amazing! I absolutely love ginger too

  7. Donna June 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Oh.MY.Goodness! That looks sooooo good! Pinned it! And will be trying it soon.

  8. Colleen June 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Looks delicious, better then my lean pocket I just ate LOL!

    1. Bejelly June 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm


  9. Marcie W. June 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love ginger and this just sounds heavenly!

  10. Emily @FamilyNLifeLV June 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Those flavors together sound great! Have your tried it on any other meat? I’m having a chicken aversion with this pregnancy!

    1. Bejelly June 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

      I haven’t but I think it would taste great with pork. 🙂

      1. Caitlin December 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

        Would this work with chicken breasts (cut into strips)?

        1. Kelly Bejelly December 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

          Yes, it will probably cook much quicker and you will probably have to add some broth to the mix.

  11. Mom Foodie July 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Looks dang good! I buy organic chicken, so I need to get drumsticks sometimes to keep it affordable. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Bejelly July 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Yep, that’s a bonus of the recipe is that it’s pretty cheap to make. I hope that you like it!

  12. Carole July 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    This is a great chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link

  13. Aya August 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Hi! I’m a new reader from the Philippines. 🙂 I stumbled upon your site looking for paleo “oatmeal” (I tried your recipe today and put a link in my blog post) and ended up exploring your recipes. Thank you for sharing. You’re right – a lot of Filipino recipes are paleo, or at least easy to “paleo-fy”.

  14. Claire October 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Hmmm 20 mins total cook time? but then step 3 says to cook for 35-40 mins? This’ll teach me to read the whole recipe before I start cooking next time! 🙂

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Ops, just updated it! Yes, it does take 35 – 45 minutes to cook.

  15. Colleen November 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I wish I made food that looked like this, you have the most amazing recipes.

  16. Sandi Jones February 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’m going to try converting this to a crockpot recipe for tonight. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    1. Sandi Jones February 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Verdict: “can we have this all the time mom?” Yay, was awesome in the crock!
      I sautéed the onions and garlic, put them in the crock, lightly browned the chicken legs in the same pan after adding a little more oil, then deglazed the pan with a tiny bit of chicken stock. I put the dish on low in my largest crock, with the legs spread out evenly along the bottom.
      I took your recommendation, and broiled the legs for a few moments just before serving.

      1. Kelly Bejelly February 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Thanks Sandi! I am going to make this in the crock pot before and seriously what an easy delicious dinner 🙂

        1. Sandi Jones February 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

          Thank you for the great recipe!

          And by garlic I meant ginger, of course 🙂

          1. Rachel Macaluso January 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

            What is the equivalent amount of ground ginger to put in this?

          2. Kelly Bejelly January 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

            1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root is equal to 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

  17. LyndaS July 16, 2013 at 7:46 am

    That looks so delicious.

    1. Kelly Bejelly July 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Yeah! I’m glad you like it 🙂 It’s one of my favorite childhood recipes 🙂

      1. Donna Suleski July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am


        do you leave the skin on the chicken legs? I think i see it in the picture but i’m not sure. I want to make this for my husband!

        1. Kelly Bejelly July 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

          Yes 🙂 I’m way to lazy to remove it, lol.

  18. Danielle August 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Umm…yeah, this was FANTASTIC. I used chicken thighs instead of drumsticks. Ah-mazing.

    1. Kelly Bejelly August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Danielle 🙂 It’s one of my absolute favorite chicken recipes 🙂

  19. Jen October 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    This looks awesome! What do you like to serve with this?

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

      I usually have a salad before and a glass of wine with 🙂 I hope you enjoy it Jen.

  20. Tami Simkins November 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I have made this several times in the last week after I saw it shared on my Facebook feed. This is so yummy! I have recommended it to several people!

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it Tami!

  21. Kara November 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for this delicious recipe! I hope you don’t mind that I linked to your page and this recipe on my Whole30-Week One blog post. Love all of the Paleo and Whole30 recipes!

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Aw, thanks Kara! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the link!

  22. kelli January 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    We made this last night in the instapot with frozen chicken thighs! The sauce is the bomb dot com and the frozen thighs cooked to perfection in the sauce. Thank you for a great week-night recipe!

  23. Jaime February 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    ingredients are great, but chicken does not cook fully on low for 35 or 40 minutes….I cooked on medium instead

  24. Paula October 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    This looks soo yummy. I love ginger also. Why no macros?

  25. Rachel February 4, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Made this Saturday night after a 10 hour day out with my 7 week old. Needless to say, I did not feel like coming home and putting together dinner. But this was SO easy! And SO delicious! I threw this in the pan, roasted some broccoli, and called it dinner. Amazing. Also, I have several Filipino friends and was excited to realize this recipe came from their country. It’s going in the recipe box right now and we’re having it again this week!


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