paleo chicken wings

paleo chicken wingsi have been craving chicken wings for a while and of course i can’t just go to Hooters and get some….so i searched and searched for paleo chicken wing recipes.  of course i didn’t want to actually deep fry the chicken so i tried boiling it. i heard that if you get the chicken cooking in water first, then you can bake it at a high temperature to get some crisp to the chicken. it actually worked! after that i wanted to make sure that my wing sauce was delicious so i found this wing sauce recipe from PrimalPal.  i made a couple of tweaks to this recipe though.

PS: PrimalPal also used the boiling technique….it’s genius i tell you!

ingredients for the crispy chicken:

  • 2.75 lb chicken — i used all drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons of the infamous Kerrygold butter — you can use coconut oil instead.
  • salt

ingredients for the wing sauce:

  • 3/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons of more Kerrygold butter
  • 2 tablespoons for apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of paprika

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. boil chicken for about 8 minutes. you’ll know when they’re ready when the chicken turns white.
  3. when chicken is cooked, dry them on paper towels.  continue to pat them dry until you feel that all the moisture is gone.
  4. melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add salt.
  5. on a lined and oiled baking sheet, line the chicken so they don’t touch each other.
  6. brush the salted, melted butter on the chicken.
  7. bake for 25 minutes then flip the chicken. bake for another 10 minutes. *be careful because the oven and chicken will be HOT! there will be lots of sizzling going on.
  8. during the last 10 minutes, place the wing sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and mix together.
  9. when the sauce starts to boil, lower the heat to simmer.
  10. when your oven beeps at you when the last 10 minutes is up, toss the chicken in the wing sauce.
  11. SERVE!

the sauce is the right kind of tangy and spicy. we ate this with some sauteed spinach. it was really good. i was nervous that the bf would not like it because it would be too spicy but he liked it! it was still flavorful….move over Hooters! i can make wings too!

paleo chicken teriyaki in a crockpot

i’ve gone through tons and tons of chicken teriyaki recipes so i picked and chose what i feel would make a great paleo meal. also i really wanted to use my crockpot again.

here’s what i put in the crockpot:

  • chicken parts — i put 4 drumsticks and 2 split chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Bragg liquid aminos
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground garlic
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour

here’s what to do:

  1. mix water and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl
  2. add all the other stuff
  3. pat dry chicken parts
  4. put in crockpot
  5. lightly salt chicken parts
  6. add liquid mixture into the pot
  7. turn on slow cooker — high for 6 hours
  8. smell deliciousness
  9. eat deliciousness

after: (note the meat falling off from the bone!)

rotisserie chicken in the crockpot

i wasn’t kidding when i said that i’m obsessed with my crockpot this is my favorite recipe and tom really liked it…even though this was my second thing i cooked in the slow cooker. haha

ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken — mine was 4.5 lbs
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional – i didn’t put it in)
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

directions:

  1. mix all spices in a bowl
  2. adding 1/2 tsp water at a time, make a paste out of the mixed spices. be careful not to make it too liquidy
  3. clean chicken and take out the “extra” parts
  4. pat chicken dry
  5. time to get dirty — use your hands and massage the chicken, inside and out, with your paste
  6. put in crockpot
  7. cook on low for 8 hours

the meat will just fall of the bone!! i promise!

before picture:

final picture:

turkey meatloaf

i was busy in the kitchen tonight. we bought some ground turkey from Trader Joe’s a couple of days ago so i had to cook it! i’ve been wanting to try to make paleo meatloaf but i’ve been putting off since i don’t have a loaf pan. i used a brownie pan tonight instead and it still turned out ok. 🙂

ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground turkey/chicken
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or Bragg liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • coconut oil — to grease pan

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. crack and beat egg in a mixing bowl
  3. add liquid aminons, diced onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  4. mix well so onion is evenly coated with egg and spices
  5. mix in ground turkey until everything is mixed evenly — i used a fork but you can use your hands
  6. grease pan with coconut oil
  7. spread meat mixture evenly in pan
  8. bake for an hour
  9. cut and eat

paleo turkey bites

this isn’t quite the katsu recipe but it’s really similar

what you need:

  • turkey/chicken breast
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • garlic powder
  • ground ginger
  • sea salt

directions:

  1. cut meat into cubes and pat dry with a paper towel
  2. beat 2 eggs in a bowl
  3. in another bowl, mix almond flour, garlic powder, ground ginger, and sea salt
  4. in a saucepan, heat coconut oil over medium heat
  5. coat meat in almond flour, then dip in eggs..then back into the almond flour
  6. when the oil is hot enough, put meat in saucepan to deep fry
  7. take out the meat when it’s brown and crispy
  8. enjoy this crunchy treat! 🙂

eggplant “lasagna”

i’ve been super excited to try this out. i found numerous recipes online but in the end i just made it own.

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat — you can choose whatever animal you want. i used ground beef for this one.
  • olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant
  • onion
  • garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • whatever spices you want to use to spice up your meat sauce

directions:

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. cut the eggplant in very thin and long pieces
  3. grease a baking pan and lay out eggplant slices so they are not overlapping
  4. put in the oven for 20 mins
  5. while that’s baking, heat up some olive oil in a pan
  6. add onions and garlic. at this point, it will smell delicious!
  7. add the ground meat and cook through
  8. add seasoning, diced tomatoes and tomato paste
  9. mix and simmer until it’s at the desired consistency
  10. when eggplant is done, layer the bottom of a casserole dish/pyrex baking dish with the eggplant slices
  11. layer on the meat sauce then more eggplant then more meat sauce. repeat process until you’re out of stuff
  12. put it back into the oven for another 30 mins
  13. devour it! soooo yummy!

The picture below probably won’t look as appetizing as it is.  we don’t have sharp knives so i’m embarrassed to show you our eggplant slices! haha

basil ground turkey with bok choy

i was in the mood to experiment and the bf and i were very satisfied with the end product.

ingredients i used: coconut oil, ground turkey, 1 tsp dried basil, half an onion, garlic powder and salt

directions:

  • grease the pan with coconut oil over medium heat
  • sauté the diced onion and add the garlic powder
  • add the ground turkey and keep stirring until cooked
  • add the basil and a pinch of salt
  • add the bok choy on top of the turkey mixture
  • cover the pan for about 5 minutes to steam the bok choy
  • remove lid and mix everything
  • SERVE!

here’s what my dish looks like: