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Paleo chicken bites


Chicken bites

Chicken bites

I get easily bored and so I am always on the lookout for new recipes. I love chicken nuggets and so this recipe stood out to me and inspired me for dinner tonight.

I used the suggested ingredients:

  • 2 lb chicken breast sliced into 1″ chunks ( I used just over 2lbs)
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying

I tried to follow the process as closely as possible.  I copied the process from here on Primal Palate and have adjusted the wording to match what I did:

  1. Place the 1″ chicken chunks in glass container and add the pickle juice; marinate in the fridge for an hour (up to 4 hours).
  2. Pour out any excess pickle juice. It does not have to be perfectly drained, just not totally juicy.
  3. Mix together the egg and the coconut milk.  Add the mixture to the chicken and let sit for five minutes.
  4. Pour out the excess liquid, if there is any. Texture is important at this point – the pieces should be wet but not swimming in a soup of pickle/egg/creamy goodness.
  5. Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the chicken mix.  I used a wooden spoon to do this.
  6. Heat coconut oil in your pan.  I coated the bottom of my pan with coconut oil – enough for it to bubble when I added my chicken pieces.
  7. Fry the chicken pieces in coconut oil, flipping every few minutes, until nice and golden brown. It should take about 6 to 8 minutes per batch.  I put them in a single layer in my pan.  I have a big pan (yay!) so I did all the pieces in 2 batches.
  8. Drain the chicken pieces on paper towels as you cook the next batch.   I put a couple of layers of paper towels on a plate and put my cooked chicken pieces on that.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes, and my husband liked them too 🙂  They were not quite the chicken nuggets I know and love (so I call them chicken bites), but they are a great dish when I’m looking for something different.  The best part was that the pieces were so juicy and succulent.  Chicken tends to dry out when I cook it, but not this time!  Maybe this was due to the pickle juice – using that was a first for me!

I think I would enjoy them with a bit more of a kick so will be adding more cayenne pepper next time (maybe even some red chilli!).  I’ll also experiment with different spices to change it up.  I found that some of my pieces stayed coated in the mix and so they had a crispy shell, and others were not crispy (but just as tasty!).  I preferred the crispy pieces – maybe I’ll get better with practice, or maybe I just need more coconut oil.

If you’re looking to try something different with chicken then I would give this recipe a shot!


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

5 thoughts on “Paleo chicken bites

  1. Sounds awesome! Good for you! 🙂 You had a craving, you explored healthy variations, and then you executed it! Bravo!

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