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Roasted Strawberry-Rhubarb Salsa Chicken (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)

Rhubarb Season 

Every year when rhubarb season rolls around my Instagram feed fills will all sorts of red confections. I must admit, I don’t get why it’s so popular to bake with. I mean, most recipes contain a few buckets of sugar to compensate for the naturally tart flavor of the rhubarb. Granted I also lack the cultural connection to baking with rhubarb, growing up first generation american in a city submerged in Latin culture… I never even heard of rhubarb until I moved to the west coast. I recall a woman at the grocery store explaining to me that it grows like a weed where she was from, she laughed at the fact that it was on sale at the store. I don’t know why that contributed to my lack of enthusiasm about it, but it did. It wasn’t until recently that rhubarb peaked my interest!

One of the things I love about the food blogger community. So much art, talent and inspiration. It was the the FeedFeed Instagram, I was these tacos with strawberry and rhubarb salsa. GAME CHANGER. Sweet and tart salsa is something I can get behind, especially because I don’t tomatoes or peppers. I avoid nightshades because they exasperate my autoimmune disease. Boy have I missed a good salsa.

Lazy Cooking

Honestly when I began putting this meal together there was no plan. I had chicken. I had the salsa which I whipped up with a few basics… strawberries, rhubarb, onion, garlic, cilantro, lemon and olive oil. At first I thought I would make tacos. Then I got lazy. I didn’t want to make tortillas. I wanted an easy throw it in the oven kind of meal. So… boom.

Why the almond butter? Well if you haven’t done nut butter on your chicken, you’re missing out. It gives it an almost breaded, starchy component and it REALLY works. So you get the best of a taco inspired meal, in a casserole! Add some cauliflower rice under the chicken and you really have a one pot meal that will WOW the ENTIRE FAMILY!

*Once rhubarb season has passed, look in your freezer isle for frozen rhubarb, same goes for strawberries. Thaw, make your salsa and cook per instructions! 

Roasted Strawberry-Rhubarb Salsa Chicken (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)
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  • 2lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp smooth, unsweetened almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salsa
  • 1 cup diced rhubarb
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced cilantro
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Optional:
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400F. In a bowl combine all of the salsa ingredients and gently toss. Set aside.
  • In the casserole dish mix together chicken thighs, nut butter, coconut oil, and seasoning. Toss and mix, slathering the chicken. Then arrange your chicken thighs lined up, laying flat in the casserole dish.
  • Spoon salsa over the chicken and place casserole dish in the oven.
  • Roast for 45 minutes.
  • *Options
  • Add a layer of cauliflower rice to the bottom of the casserole dish before adding in the chicken and turn this baked chicken dish into a taco casserole!


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21 Thoughts to “Roasted Strawberry-Rhubarb Salsa Chicken (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)”

  1. Lisa Nordling
    Could you make a bigger batch of the salsa and freeze it for future use? Or can it?
    1. Yes, especially if you're going to roast it anyway out freezing it is just fine.
  2. I've got rhubarb coming out of my ears right now! Thanks for the great recipe! And I had no idea on the nut butter for the chicken! Yum!!
  3. This flavor combo THOUGH. Tastebuds are watering already!!
  4. What a great idea to use rhubarb this way! Looks sooooo amazing.
  5. This sounds SO great. I can't wait to get my hands on some rhubarb. I just love a simple meal with big impressive flavour and looks! Gorgeous.
  6. So so so going to make this as soon as I get some rhubarb! What a great idea to put all of this on chicken, and man, I love roasted strawberries so I bet this is so delicious!
  7. This is such an interesting combination - the chicken with strawberries and rhubarb. I need to find some rhubarb and make it!
  8. We always had rhubarb at every house I lived in growing up, that lady is right, it grows like a weed, so I always laugh when I see it for $5 dollars a pound at our local grocery stores! I always make sweets with it (I use honey because you don't need as much as sugar) but I have to try this savory rendition!
  9. I love chicken bake and those flavors are out of this world delicious. Also, this just reaffirms that I need to start growing rhubarb. Seriously, it may just be the sweetest weed on our property.
  10. Love baked chicken and this flavor is so interesting and new to me. I need to try it !!
  11. What a great flavor combo! I need to try this1
  12. Love this paleo/whole 30 compliant recipe! Never had a rhubarb:chicken combo. Certainly worth trying out. Thank you!
  13. This looks incredible! I LOVE the strawberry rhubarb flavor combo, I bet it's amazing with the chicken. I am going to make this this week before rhubarb is gone here. Beautiful recipe!
  14. oh man! This meal is all kinds of delicious! I can't wait to whip it up soon! Thanks for the tip about the frozen rhubarb, i didn't know it existed!
  15. I had no idea that frozen rhubarb was a thing! I guess I thought it just disappeared when not in season... thanks for the tip. :)
  16. This is so pretty! What a creative and delicious salsa for spring!
  17. Sandra
    I just made this tonight and it is absolutely delicious. The combination of flavors blend to make a superb dinner. My husband is still raving about it. Who says you can't eat gourmet, fresh, appetizing, filling dinners while on Whole 30! Thank you so much for sharing this!
  18. omg i never thought to put almond butter and strawberries on chicken. I LOVE nut butters...all kinds. This sounds amazing and I'm trying to get variety in my meal planning and rhubarb is one thing I haven't tried yet. Pinning!
    1. Oh I know you will LOVE it!

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