If you’re searching for Paleo chicken recipes look no further. Actually no… wait a minute. These are not exactly “Paleo chicken recipes” – these dishes are much simpler than that… It’s basically a round-up of our favourite ways to eat chicken. (NOTE: Whilst eating good quality, free range organic chicken can never be bad for you, it is high in Omega 6 and therefore shouldn’t be something to eat every day. The Paleo Mom provides an excellent breakdown of nutrients and all about balancing Omega 3 and 6 – take a look here.)
Chicken breasts wrapped in Parma Ham
Simple, tasty and a real crowd pleaser – they look and taste like they took a lot of effort too. Simply wrap one or two pieces of good quality Parma ham or prosciutto around your chicken breast before roasting (you can even add a sprig of rosemary for a bit of extra sophistication if you feel like it!). Serve with sweet potatoes, salad, and a dollop of Hunter & Gather mayo for a great lunch or dinner. These make great cold lunches too. Just slice up and add to a salad or a kid’s school lunch box.
Mom’s (or Lisa’s) Chicken Soup
When we lived in New York we’d eat Wholefoods Mom’s Chicken Soup a lot. It was compliant and the kids loved it too. Now we make our own with whatever veggies we have around. Simply add chicken broth to a pan and add sliced veggies (The Wholefoods one had onions, sliced carrots and celery, but we often add leeks too – and sometimes cubed squash). Then add either leftover shredded chicken or raw chicken pieces and cook until chicken and veg is cooked and everything is heated. Add salt or whatever seasonings you like. It’s like a hug in a bowl.
AIP chicken “curry”
The official recipe for this is here… but it’s an easy one to make your own. Simply fry some onions and garlic, add some turmeric and ginger powder. Then add raw or cooked chicken to coat. Add coconut milk and a bit of broth if you have it. Cook until the chicken is cooked though and everything is hot. We have been known to add all sorts too this – from kale or spinach to rested cauliflower and/ or squash.
Paleo chicken nuggets (with an AIP option)
Put almond flour, arrowroot powder, paprika, salt and garlic powder in a bowl and combine. In another bowl add olive oil. Cut up chicken into pieces and dip each piece first in olive oil then in the flour mixture. Put on a greaseproof lined tray and bake in a hot oven until the chicken is cooked through.
For an AIP version add coconut flour, desiccated coconut and salt to the bowl instead of the above flour mixture and do as above).
Take a look at the recipe here… or just roast it your way. Our top tip for this is to add a lemon inside the cavity before roasting, and put veggies in the roasting tray too (we like to do either sprouts or sweet potatoes and red onions). Roast the chicken as usual and leave to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Put your leftover chicken bones into a slow cooker or Instapot – add veggies (I use an onion, a carrot, and stick of celery or two), a small piece of ginger always works well too. Cover with water, add a tbsp of cider vinegar and cook on pressure for 2 hours or slow for up to 14 hours. It’s a great base for soups and stews, or for a nutritional cuppa any time of day. The kids love this as an alternative to tea! Don’t have time to make your own – this Paleo Bone Broth Company one is a great alternative.
By the way… by doing a roast chicken, then a AIP chicken curry and then a Mom’s chicken soup using the carcass for broth (and sometimes adding an extra chicken breast or couple of thighs), we can make one chicken feed the four of us for 3 meals!
What have we missed? Tell us your favourite ways to eat chicken in the comments – we’d love to hear your recipes.