Rosemary Lemongrass Chicken Thighs with Essential Oils
- 1 tsp dried Rosemary (Dried rosemary can be replaced with just a drop of Rosemary Vitality™ – see usage tips below*)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 Tbs grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1 Tbs Sesame Oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 12 Chicken Thighs
- 2 tsp Real Salt
- 2-3 drops Lemongrass Vitality essential oil (see usage tips below)
- In a large bowl mix all but last three ingredients.
- Toss to combine.
- Add chicken and toss to combine.
- Spoon into a 9×13 glass baking dish.
Infuse the salt with Lemongrass Vitality
- In a small bowl mix 2 tsp salt with 2 drops Lemongrass Vitality essential oil, mix.
- Sprinkle the infused salt evenly over the chicken (*to preserve the benefits of the essential oil, it is best to sprinkle the salt after baking the chicken).
- Cover with parchment paper, then foil.
- Bake 350 for 1 hour.
- Remove cover and turn oven up to broil.
- Broil for 3 minutes or until the thighs start to brown.
Tips for cooking with Vitality Essential Oils
You can add essential oils in your favorite recipes that call for dried herbs, spices, or fruit juices. Simply replace these ingredients with the equivalent essential oil.
Keep in mind that essential oils have a much stronger flavor than dried herbs and spices, so a much smaller amount is generally sufficient.
We recommend starting out with small amounts of oil and then increasing the amount according to your own taste.
Also, remember that essential oils have highly volatile constituents and can be changed or altered during the cooking process, so it is best to avoid exposing them to extreme heat.
This can be prevented by lowering your stovetop temperature, using the essential oils in conjunction with extra virgin olive oil, or by adding the oils after the dish has been removed from heat.
If the oil is used in a baked dish, then we can’t guarantee all the constituents are still intact, but the flavor of the oil will still be present.
Conversion of dried herb or zest to essential oil drops
These ratios can provide a guideline for how much essential oil to use in substitutions:
• Juice or zest of one citrus fruit = 10–15 drops of oil
• 1 tablespoon (liquid or herb) = 1 drop of oil (mix into salt or olive oil then add to dish)
• Less than 1 tablespoon = 1 toothpick swirl of oil (stick the toothpick in the hole in the stopper to get oil on the toothpick, then stir the toothpick into your dish)