Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paleo Fried Chicken with Chipotle Honey Mustard

Hey guys! My Summer Goal is to get 1000 LIKES on Facebook... help me out? Only 113 more to go! :D Extra Goal: 500 fans on Twitter, which is proving a bit more difficult...

When I was trying to figure out a diet plan for myself, I knew that cutting calories wasn't going to... cut it. Experiments in the past have left me feeling hungry and unfulfilled, and with way too much room to cheat. Have 200 calories left for the day? Clearly they need to be consumed via Ice Cream--which, I believe, is the most impossible food to portion out. 1/2 cup serving size is how many scoops? Five sounds good. Half the carton? Ben and Jerry's carton is ONE serving, everybody knows that! Sure.

No wonder I wasn't seeing results.

So I have been experimenting with Low Carb, because it's the one that leaves me feeling the most satisfied at the end of the day. Sure, I cheat occasionally, but eating a lovely marinated steak with a heaping portion of veggies is just so much more attractive to me than a portioned out half cup of pasta with sauce, no matter how much I miss spaghetti and meatballs sometimes. And, because I'm realistic, I allow myself to cheat every so often, as I'm following more of an 80/20 or 90/10 plan than full 100%. I've found that Paleo recipes are the easiest ones to pick, to ensure low carb intake, and they're rather tasty as well.


Paleo also tends to avoid gluten and dairy, which are digestive triggers for me. And they use plant based flours, which are less expensive (but still rather pricey, oof) than buying 5 separate flours to create a gluten-free baking mix. Plus, it's a really fun challenge to try to de-carb-ify my favorite meals. Take this fried chicken recipe, for example.

No, please, take it. Make it. Devour it. It's so SO good. The almond flour crust is so much more hearty and flavorful than traditional fried chicken batter. The chipotle honey mustard is the perfect dipping sauce. It all comes together beautifully and while I still get a hankering for KFC, this curbs the craving pretty well. I am having visions of doing a Chicken and Waffles dinner soon, using the Paleo Waffle recipe I posted last week.

Dishcrawl June

And about those cheats... Foodie Events? Vacations? Totally my cheat days. Like tonight, Dishcrawl Pioneer Valley is happening in my current town, and I am SO excited to see what Jenn has in store for us! Expect a recap soon! If your city has a Dishcrawl, definitely check it out. It can get pricey, but there are often coupons and early bird specials that make it a great value for what is essentially a four course meal.

Does your city have a Dishcrawl? Have you ever been on one? What was it like?

 Paleo Fried Chicken & Chipotle Honey Mustard

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3 chunks each
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • Cajun seasoning, or whatever spicy blend you'd like
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3 tbs butter
  • Oil of choice (I used veg oil, to be truly Paleo, use coconut oil)

For the Mustard

  • 1/2 cup honey dijon mustard (or mix honey with dijon mustard until desired sweetness is reached)
  • 1 chipotle pepper, from a can
  • 2 tbs liquid from chipotle pepper can

-In a frying pan with deep edges, melt the butter over medium heat. Add oil and let heat until a crumb sizzles upon contact.

-Meanwhile, combine almond meal, seasoning, and salt and pepper. Add more or less seasoning, to your liking. *Note* It will taste a little blander than you think, so over-season just a bit.

-Pat the chicken pieces dry and dunk in the egg wash, turning to coat evenly, then roll in the almond meal mixture. Immediately place in oil, and fry until sides are dark brown and chicken is cooked through. Repeat for each.

Mustard: In a hand-crank food processor or small batch food processor, process ingredients, adding more or less of each component until desired flavor is reached.

20 comments:

  1. I need to make that chipotle honey mustard asap! That sounds amazing! The chicken sounds great too - I just have a little problem with condiments : )

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice, the chicken looks delicious, goto make these soon.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dude, this looks SO good. I love using almond meal, and I can bet it tastes great on chicken. I wouldn't even tell my husband it's Paleo, because he gets suspicious of "diet food", but I'm sure you couldn't tell the difference!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This chicken looks amazing but it was the dipping sauce that really hooked me!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Mmm. . .yeah fried chicken. I don't really care what the coating is, it's fried, it looks good. I'll take it and good for you for making the change!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Pretty sure that chipotle mustard NEEDS to happen in my life! And good for you for finding something you can stick with!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those look really delicious! Fried chicken at its best!

    ReplyDelete
  8. The almond meal looks like it makes a nice crunchy coating!

    ReplyDelete
  9. The almond crust sounds amazing, I need to try that next time I'm making battered chicken! And that chipotle mustard??? That stuff sounds fantastic, I'd add it to everything ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I use a kitchen scale to portion out my serving of ice cream. Sometimes... Mostly I just scoop it until it fills the bowl! This dinner sounds like a great healthy option for me too. I'm on board with some of the paleo rules. But I like cheese, so not all of them!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow! I love the idea of using almond meal for a crust. Brilliant! This looks and sounds so very good! I can't wait to try it...and the chipotle mustard too!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I def. love your dieting philosophy, although I'm so undisciplined I prob. can't even do that.

    I LOOOVE the almond crust on this chicken-awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I've been using almond flour more often lately, too. Next I need to try coconut flour. This chicken looks yummy. And, yes, a carton of Ben and Jerry's is totally one serving!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Almond crust? That is a great idea. Love love this!

    ReplyDelete
  15. We are also on a low carb diet so I shall look out for almond flour :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. This looks so crispy and crunchy! I can't help but love it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm totally curious about Chipotle honey mustard now. I love mustard so I know I'll like that. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. That chicken and sauce sound amazing! Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week - I'll be sharing this on Facebook!

    ReplyDelete
  19. This chicken sounds delicious! Love the combination of chipotle and honey mustard! I'd love more paleo updates in the future!

    ReplyDelete