Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken – Paleo, Gluten Free and all good!

This is the simplest, most delicious grilled chicken ever!

“Chickens on the Grill” is a family tradition in the Baklund Family and for many years Grandma and Grandpa Baklund were the recipe keepers because, well, frankly, no one else would spend the the half-day it took to make them!

Well, I’ve come up with a simple substitute that comes in a close Second Place to the original recipe. It’s easy to make after a long day and tastes amazing, so I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Easy Grilled Salt and Pepper Chicken

Free of Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, Corn, Eggs, Soy



Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cook time

1.5 hours


*Use all organic and/or farm-raised ingredients.

2 chicken legs with thighs attached (can also use 6-8 chicken wings) thawed and drained

1/4 cup course (approximately 1/16” crystals or larger)

1/2” tsp. fresh ground pepper or less (approximate)


  • Drain juices from thawed chicken
  • In a large bowl coat chicken with course salt.
  • Grind or sprinkle pepper on chicken until all sides are peppered.
  • Place chicken in 8” x 8” or 11” x 13” glass pan.
  • Bake chicken at 350 degrees for 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on whether making wings or thighs) until well done but not falling apart.
  • Pre-heat grill and finish chicken on the grill to give a nice, crispy finish.

Body-type and Wellness Insights

Earth-types can benefit from the stimulating affects of pepper which get the blood moving in this naturally more stagnant element, but the salt can act counter to this, creating water retention. An Earth-type may want to either make a less salty version for themselves or avoid eating the skin- which is difficult to do because it’s so yummy! Also, chicken is naturally rich in omega-6 which many people get enough of. The good news is that this is a natural, non-refined source of this essential fatty acid. As will all meats for the Earth-type, eat minimally.

Fire-types naturally enjoy meat. This is a nicely balanced option for Fire-types in that the salt and pepper work as digestive aids. This type will still want to be careful to not have a chicken-dominant diet as in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, chicken is a warming food, and can increase likelihood of heat-related conditions like ulcers, quick-temper, overheating in the body as a symptom and as a result, as in dry skin for example.

Air-types can really benefit from a number of aspects of this recipe: the salt and pepper help to stimulate digestive juices; chicken is a dietary source of omega-6, which can be helpful for the few people who need more omega-6 in their diets (I am one of these people). Air-types function well on a diet rich in healthy oils for nutrition and energy.

Water-types may feel better by abiding by the guidelines for their secondary body-type. Also keep in mind to avoid too much or any snacking. Water needs structure. Water-types will feel better in the long-run with a ritual for meals with consistent mealtimes.