Clean it up Mondays: Ginger Cilantro Baked Chicken

I’m 99.9% positive that I am parked next to human feces and vomit outside off of my gym. Lovely. Gotta love Mondays.

Oh man, did I eat a lot over the weekend. Ok, well actually not THAT much. But I did have gluten free pizza then had street tacos another night. All of it was gluten free, which didn’t make my stomach upset, until this morning. It feels like I’m pregnant. Mostly in my love handles. So I’m having twins, apparently. The pizza wasn’t worth it. I didn’t think it was that good. But the tacos, hellllllls yeah. We went to Moontower Tacos in Denver and it was rad. Especially because they gave the boyfriend, my parents and I some free queso. Why? Who the hell knows. But it was awesome. It had some kind of candied or pickled jalapenos. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I loved how it made my mouth feel. Happy. That sounded weird. I pretty much licked the queso bowl. I regret that. Damn them giving us free queso. Damn my lack of any self control.

I did have some self control when I went to the Rockies game on Friday night, though. I kept to vodka sodas all night, and cut myself off when I felt good. AND I didn’t even drunk eat. My mother would be so proud. Not really. But going to a Rockies game was quite interesting. Mostly because we were around a couple Phillies fans who were huge d*cks. Like whoa. I think this is why I never liked sports. You are literally talking sh*t to people about a sport that YOU are not playing and have absolutely NO affiliation to other than you live in the same city they play in. YOU do not play at a professional level, YOU do not make millions, and YOU have absolutely no talent, but YOU are talking sh*t to other fans when your team makes a play. It makes absolutely no sense to me. I feel like those people lack self esteem. Or have very small weiners. Or both.

A Phillies fan even came into our gym and started talking sh*t to some of my athletes. Absolutely none of them in the class cared about sports. So he looked dumb. And just plain rude.

So even though I love CrossFit, this blog post is funny. And true. You should read it.

And here we are again. Another Monday to right our wrongs. Admit to our food sins and try to show the world that we do have self control. So I’ve made this delicious, yet simple recipe. It includes Steve’s Paleo Goods ginger cilantro paleo chef marinade. Marinades make all the difference when it comes to chicken. So don’t be dumb. Marinate your chicken.


Clean it up Mondays: Ginger Cilantro Baked Chicken

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 11.5 cups Paleo Chef Ginger Cilantro Marinade
  • 34 chicken breasts (I used boneless and skinless)
  • 3 tablespoons duck fat (or other fat of choice)
  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • green onions, to garnish


  1. Place 1-1.5 cups of ginger cilantro marinade in a large ziploc bag. Add chicken and place in the fridge overnight to marinate. If you don’t have overnight, marinate for at least 2+ hours.
  2. When the chicken is done marinating, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add duck fat to the pan and make sure the pan is extra hot.
  4. Add chicken and butternut squash, making sure to not overcrowd the pan since you are trying to get a sear on the chicken.
  5. Use a couple tablespoons of marinade from the ziploc bag to pour on top of the butternut squash.
  6. Flip the chicken after about 4 minutes to sear the other side for another 4 minutes, and move the butternut squash around to help cook on all sides.
  7. Place in oven for 15-18 minutes, depending how thick the chicken breasts are.
  8. While the chicken is cooking, place almonds in a small saucepan over medium heat to toast the almonds. Move them around until all sides are slightly brown, but not burned.
  9. When chicken is done cooking, top with toasted almonds and sliced green onions.
  10. Love flavor in chicken. It’s delish.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


29 thoughts on “Clean it up Mondays: Ginger Cilantro Baked Chicken”

  1. THANK YOU for this. I bought a sampler pack of Steve’s marinades and they still sit sadly in my pantry as I look at them and wonder what the hell to do with them. This. This is what I will do.

    1. Emily, I can’t attest to all of the “marinades” yet, but the ginger cilantro and wild berry flavors also make outstanding salad dressings. The ginger cilantro in particular gives a great kick to an otherwise boring salad. A little bit goes a long way too, so those bottles will last you even longer.

    2. ginger cilantro is awesome on brussel sprouts, and even better if you add some ground beef to the dish too!

  2. Hi Juli! Finally had to comment on your super blog. To say I LOVE it would be an understatement! I just started Paleo in the last 6 months and it has really rocked my 48 year old world! I used to sympathize with your poor stomach’s reaction to gluten, but then I decided to “treat” myself on Mother’s Day weekend and now I know exactly what you mean! Stupid, stupid gluten! My 89 year old mom and I just enjoyed your sweet curried cauliflower soup for lunch and it was another hit! Thanks again for your humor and honesty in this journey!

  3. Oh my goodness, #stopcrossfit, that was hilarious! I was laughing out loud while my kids stared at me, wondering what could be so funny on my computer! Thanks for sharing that! I needed a good laugh today!
    Your recipe looks amazing. Anything that has cilantro on it is a winner in my book! 🙂

  4. That blog post is funny but also TERRIBLE at the same time! lol Crossfit girls are FRIGHTENING?? some may be pretty muscle-bound, but most aren’t remotely scary looking! As for facebook updates on a WOD.. that shit does get annoying!

  5. ahh your weiner comment killed me. my mom always says that. so I guess you sound like my mom. she’s hilarious!

    I have a request for you!! I found this amazing chocolate cupcake recipe with mint chocolate chip frosting. I want to paleo-ize it and I figure i’ll just find a chocolate cupcake recipe and use that, but how do I change frosting? there’s butter in it, which is fine, but maybe you can take a look at it since I’ve never made any paleo frostings before.

  6. That stopcrossfit article WAS hilarious, even though at first seemed… quite offensive. Love the crossfit couples one. Apparently the lady in that picture read the column and thought it was funny and wasn’t offended. In her place, I probably would have jumped to responding and been angry as shit. Because sometimes I don’t think before responding to things. Which is probably why my vegan/raw/vegetarian friends think I’m a crazy cultist.

  7. I feel you on the bad weekend eating. I had my first bite (well 3 bites) of bread in 19 days at my cheat meal after a few wines I also shouldn’t have had, and ended up with the worst allergy attack ever, a runny nose for 2 days and no energy for 2 days. I also hated feeling like that because it reminded me of how gross I have felt the majority of the last 3 years. I would like to try some of Steve’s products, I love the Tessemae’s, and I am making your fake pizza thing tomorrow night!

  8. Don’t let a phillies fan ruin your outlook on sports. Phillies fans are complete A-holes in general. I live in the greater Philadelphia area, trust me, I know lol. There are a few good ones but for the most part they suck.

  9. Yes, that #stopcrossfit article was funny… but the response article #startcrossfit was even better!

    Plus it made me realize I need to stop bitching about what I can’t do in crossfit and just be happy about what I can do. I had my 2mos “graduation” this past weekend – and rather than be proud that I lost 8% body fat – I was bummed that my body didn’t look like I’d lost anything.
    Going forward I’m going to try to focus on the good/positive and ignore all the other stuff…
    and part of the good/positive is all the delicious food in your blog & cookbook 😀

  10. HA! Some men are so stupid when it comes to watching sports and I couldn’t agree with you more about their behavior. I do LOVE when someone hits a home run and they all high five each other, pat each other on the back, like they hit that home run. Let them dream. 😉

  11. So I talk about your recipes to my mom all of the time and show her the site/awesome recipes whenever I go home to visit and she keeps insisting I send a shout-out for how awesome you are. So here it is… Julie, your recipes are the bomb dot com. I use them all of the time, sometimes making my own twist on things. And I’m almost done on my second attempt with the sugar detox and I’ve finally gotten it down! I’ve finally lost those few extra pounds i’ve been working my ass off for and I must say, for the first time since high school, I feel sexy as f*ck. It’s all thanks to your ridiculously dope recipes (including this bad beauty) and my wicked awesome CrossFit buddies who push me to do better. So thank you, dear!

  12. I really want to thank you for your great honesty!! I enjoy reading your truth about your food challenges and self-control or choosing to just enjoy. 🙂 I also really appreciate your delicious and nutritious meals. It’s wonderful to have a site that I’m comfortable referring my clients too. [Plus use myself!] Keep it up! and THANK YOU!

    I luv the ginger and cilantro mix. Look forward to trying the marinade.

  13. I just had to comment, that although I have guzzled the crossfit koolaid, I think that the blog is hilarious, and so true, for those people in the world that Crossfit is not a true match.
    I also wanted to share that I have enjoyed quite a few of your recipes.
    This past week I have jumped full force onto the Paleo bandwagon after celebrating my anniversary last week with my husband and although enjoying gluten free pizza still feeling like I too was pregnant in my love handles! Crazy how it makes you feel horrible even though you convince yourself that it is gluten free so it isn’t really that bad…I have ulcerative colitis and celiac so gluten is out of the question. My favorite is how friends try to convince me that I deserve a ‘cheat day’. They don’t understand that then I literally have to spend the next three days near a restroom!!
    I also have a paleo website, geared a little more towards family friendly recipes for children; Love to read more!

  14. Hi Juli,
    I am starting a 21DSD on Monday, so I, of course, came directly to your site for recipe inspiration. I got excited when I saw this one, because I have the sampler pack of Paleo Chef sauces and no use for them, yet! But…I read the ingredients on my Ginger Cilantro Marinade, and it has honey in it. I thought this wasn’t allowed? Any thoughts? Love your site, love your recipes! Thank you!

  15. I don’t often comment on blogs – BUT – I <3 your blog and the food that I have made from it!

    This one I LOVED! And in response to Kari – I didn't have time to buy the marinade/dressing so I made my own. I saw what the basic ingredients were – ginger, cilantro, salt, garlic, olive oil – (I had no idea honey was even in it, the dish was plenty sweet with the butternut squash) and threw them in to a bowl and wisked it all together. It worked awesomely (is that even a word?).

    Thanks Juli for awesome meal inspirations! And it was great to meet you in person at the East Coast Regionals!

  16. I don’t have the pre-bottled marinade. Could you tell me what ingredients to use in what amounts to get the same flavor?

  17. Hi, Just found your Advocare 24 day challenge recipes. My husband and I are starting the 10 day cleanse tomorrow. Can I use the recipes for the first 10 days? They look too yummy, especially the ginger cilantro marinated chicken. Thanks!

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