Spring Turnips with Herbed Chicken

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Herbed chicken roasted with fresh Tokyo turnips and spring onions for an easy but flavorful spring supper.

Overhead of herbed chicken and turnips

Well, I’m almost keeping to my promise of recipes on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It counts if it’s before midnight (my time) right? Unfortunately life was really trying to get in the way this week. I’ll get better about it.

Before cooking chicken and turnips

Tokyo turnips on a dish cloth

But it’s spring; still early enough to have a limited number of vegetables, but herbs and some root crops are nice and fresh. I really enjoy Tokyo turnips, the little, sweet, white ones. Fortunately we got some in our CSA box a couple weeks ago, along with some spring onions and rosemary. Add some chicken and the other herbs from my garden, and perfect!

Lovely purple spring onions

Rosemary against a dark background

I made some sautéed kale with this to add to the vegetable complement. Serve with any vegetables you like. I’m certain asparagus would be great once it shows up in markets.

Purple kale against a dark background

Herbed chicken and turnips with kale

Spring Turnips and Chicken


  • 2-3/215 g spring onions
  • 1 lb/450g chicken thighs bone-in
  • 1 bunch/200g Tokyo turnips greens removed and roots trimmed
  • 1 tbs/4g lemon zest
  • 1 tbs/4g chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ tbs/2g chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tbs/30ml olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cut turnips in halves or quarters if large. Slice white and green portions of onions into ½” rounds. Toss together in a baking dish.
  • Combine olive oil, herbs, and spices. Coat chicken in marinade on both sides. Place chicken on top of vegetables. Spread any excess skin out over the vegetables to baste them as the chicken cooks.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until turnips are easily pierced and chicken is crispy on top.
  • Serve with some green vegetables.

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