The Paleo diet is very popular and there are different food options that you can choose from. One of the foods that you can include in your Paleo diet is chicken. While on this diet, you can’t go wrong with Paleo chicken recipes, as long as the chicken is organic and pasture-raised.
Chicken pairs well with almost any vegetable, and it can be prepared in several different ways — grilled, baked, and even fried (in an approved Paleo oil for frying and breaded with something other than all-purpose flour). With so many ways to prepare it, you will never get tired of including chicken in your daily menu.
Choose any of these Paleo chicken recipes and you’ll have a delectable meat requirement for your meal.
Paleo Chicken Recipes
Now here are 3 of the best paleo chicken recipes for you:
Chicken Ratatouille Casserole
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If you watched the movie, then you may remember that Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew. This mouthwatering recipe comes alive when chicken breast is added and is baked together with eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and garlic in an Italian tomato sauce that is also sugar-free. Common herbs like basil are also often included to help create a rich flavor for the dish. This recipe is simple and very easy to prepare, making it a great choice for a weeknight meal. It’s tasty and satisfying, and if prepared in advance, it can also be served cold.
- 1 medium eggplant, cut into cubes
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 medium zucchinis, cut into cubes
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoonful of Italian seasoning
- 2 cups of sugar-free tomato sauce
- 1-1/2 pounds of boneless-skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoonfuls of olive oil
- 2 tablespoonfuls of fresh basil
- 1/8 teaspoonful of sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoonful of black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil and cook minced garlic and chopped onion until light golden brown.
- Add chicken cubes and cook over medium heat until browned.
- Add the eggplant, red bell pepper, zucchinis, and mushrooms. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Then add the tomato sauce, stirring carefully.
- Add the Italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper to taste.
- Bake in the oven uncovered for about 10 more minutes until chicken is done and vegetables are crispy and fork tender, but not overcooked.
Honey Sriracha Chicken
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If you love sriracha and chili peppers, then you are on the right track! This honey sriracha chicken is surrounded by an indulgent and spicy sweetness that is irresistible. These Paleo chicken thighs are juicy, sweet, and spicy. Doused in a tangy, sweet and savory honey-sriracha glaze, these perfectly cooked chicken thighs kick it up a notch with additional dried chili pepper. The thick and gooey sauce will remind you of your pre-Paleo past.
- 8-10 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 cup of sriracha sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 dried chili pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoonfuls of fresh lime juice
- Green onions, sliced
- Lime wedges
- Cooking fat
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Fresh black pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Salt and pepper chicken thighs to taste.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Turn thighs over and bake an additional 20-25 minutes.
- During last 15 minutes of bake time, combine sriracha sauce, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, honey, cooking fat, lime juice, and chili pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until syrupy.
- Remove thighs from oven and coat in sauce. Bring oven temperature up to 375°F.
- Bake thighs for an additional 10 minutes.
- To serve, drizzle thighs with excess sauce and garnish with green onions and lime wedges. Enjoy!
Grilled Tandoori Chicken
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Tandoori chicken is one of the tastier options you’ll find at an Indian restaurant, but you can make a Paleo version yourself at home. A traditional tandoori chicken dish is marinated in yogurt, but replacing the yogurt with coconut milk makes it Paleo and keeps the marinade thick. With fantastic spices like garam masala**, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and ginger, the marinade is full of rich flavor and antioxidants, and your taste buds will come alive with this delicious dish.
- 2 pounds chicken breasts, skinless-boneless
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoonful sweet paprika
- 2 teaspoonfuls garam masala
- 1 teaspoonful ground cumin
- 1 teaspoonful ground coriander
- 1 teaspoonful sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoonful ground turmeric
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful cayenne pepper (to taste)
- In a non-reactive bowl, add coconut milk and whisk in seasonings. Reserve 1/3 cup of the sauce for serving.
- Add chicken breasts to dish, and toss them in the coconut mixture until they are evenly coated.
- Cover with wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight, or up to about 24 hours.
- Preheat grill to 450°F. Remove chicken breast from dish and discard marinade.
- Grill chicken for 7-10 minutes. Flip and grill an additional 7-10 minutes until they are cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
- Serve chicken with reserved sauce.
**If you don’t have garam masala, you can make your own by mixing 1 tablespoonful ground cumin, 1-1/2 teaspoonfuls ground coriander, 1-1/2 teaspoonfuls ground cardamom, 1-1/2 teaspoonfuls ground black pepper, 1 teaspoonful ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoonful ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoonful ground nutmeg in a bowl then storing in an airtight container.
There you have it! The 3 Paleo chicken recipes listed above are some of our most favorite dishes. Preparing different chicken recipes for your Paleo diet is a great choice because chicken is versatile, easy to make, and a safe bet with every family member. So, whether you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal or a delicious crowd pleaser, you can’t go wrong with a Paleo chicken meal.
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