Are you too chicken to try Paleo?
Well, after reading today’s blog, you just may be ready to take the first leap.
You may or may not know what “Paleo” is.
Some think it’s eating only meat. Some think it’s only raw vegetables. Some think you have to dress like Fred Flintstone and order that side of brontosaurus ribs at the drive in….
Okay, so I made up that last part… but you get the idea.
Paleo is a way of eating that a large number of people have embraced in recent years, and of those people that I know personally, each of them has become much healthier, and they’ve even lost weight. I won’t get into the whole Paleo thing here, but I’m giving you a really good link to check out if you’d like: Robb Wolf’s explanation of Paleo.
So, why are we talking Paleo anyway??
Because I want you to try a new recipe, silly. Plus, you’ll never miss the gluten, etc…. You’ll just love it 🙂
Being that it’s along the Paleo guidelines, you’ll know you’re eating in a healthy manner. Which is good, because I’ll probably blog about some kind of chocolatey dessert in a couple weeks. I mean, hey… we gotta keep the playing field even, right?
This organic lemon-coconut chicken is so tasty – I can pretty much guarantee you’ll really wish you made a double batch so you can have leftovers the next day.
Paleo Lemon Coconut Chicken
2 Organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Large Organic Lemon
2 Tbsp Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
4 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
*Note: you’ll need a large covered pan for this recipe. A glass lid works best, since you can watch the progress of the chicken’s cooking.
Cut one end off of lemon; cut 4 more medium slices. Set aside.
Carefully cut peel from remaining lemon, so that the bitter white pith remains on the fruit.
Cut any white off of peel. Mince lemon peel into tiny pieces. Set aside.
With a very sharp knife, butterfly chicken breast (make a cut that is parallel to the cutting board, about 3/4 of the way through the breast.)
Open up the top piece, as though you were opening a book.
Lay two lemon slices on one half of chicken breast; cover lemon with coconut, and a pinch or two of lemon zest.
Set remaining zest aside for later.
Close the chicken back up and tie it together.
→ For this meal, I used silicone ties which my sister Robin gave to me years ago.
I cannot count how many times those ties have been used… but if you don’t have any, you NEED them. Really!
You could also use kitchen twine, if you don’t have fancy-schmancy ties. 😉
Heat oil on high heat in a large pan. When oil is hot, carefully place chicken in pan, making sure that stuffing remains inside.
When the edges begin to turn from pink to white about ¼” all around on the top, flip the chicken over to sear the other side.
When well seared on both sides, add remaining lemon zest, reduce heat to medium and cover.
Cook until done, approximately 5-10 minutes more, depending upon the size of the breast.
**The pan juices are amazing. I think next time those need to be blended with some arrowroot powder for thickening.
For this organic meal, I served it with skinned blood orange slices and lemon green beans.
What I didn’t photograph is the fan of avocado slices that were laid across the top of the chicken before it was eaten. Oh my was that a great addition!
I’d love to know what you think – and, do you think you’ll try it next time you’re in the mood for chicken?
And, of course, it wouldn’t be one of my blogs if there weren’t a reference to either a movie, TV show or song that somehow related to my topic. (What? You never picked up on that?)
Anyhoooo… here’s a little paleo piece from my childhood…
12 thoughts on “Paleo Lemon Coconut Chicken”
I’d try it. Sounds yummy
Hope you do – after trying it, I told Steve that I would be needing him to cook it at least every few weeks 😉
Thank you!! It is a really good one!
Nice pics- those silicone string things threw me off for a sec! lol
No salt in this dish? Do paleos eat salt?
Those silicone ties are fantastic! I use them to tie the legs of chickens when I stuff them too. Dishwasher safe, and always come out looking like new! (Plus they’re pink, which I love)
There isn’t salt- they really didn’t need it because of the acid in the lemons. But yes, paleos do salt for sure =0) Himalayan Pink Salt is my favorite – it’s such a subtle one, and I recently got a mortar and pestle (thanks to Steve!), so I’ve been buying the big rocks of the salt and grinding them myself 😀
From simple recipes come great meals. Especially when you add the green beans and blood oranges. Thanks for sharing! Oh, what’s the purple sauce on top?
Probably one of the best resources for freezer meal recipes is
the blog Once a Month Mom. There are websites that target only on Paleo recipes but there are
also personal weblogs and web sites that have homemade Paleo
eating plan recipes with the individual touch of the individual that has
cooked them. Answer to all the questions asked is ‘Paleo recipes’ or paleo diet; also known as Paleolithic diet which is usually related
to Stone Age or caveman diet.
Place grilled chicken onto a bed of fresh, raw,
organic spinach and top with the fresh guacomole. Organ meats
of beef, lamb and chicken, rabbit and Goat meat, eggs not more than six in a week of Chicken
(enriched source of Omega 3), Duck and Goose. Excellent health of our ancestors was
due to the use of natural foods like the wild plants and animals in their food
and these foods are now termed as the paleo recipes, paleo food,
Stone Age or Paleolithic food.
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