Honey Chipotle Chicken Meatballs – Paleo and Gluten Free
I had to hurry to take pictures of these because I I couldn’t stop eating them. Heed my warning, these will go fast. These chicken balls are paleo, gluten free and low-carb. LOVE these balls!
I have to admit, I was skeptical when I saw the original recipe for turkey meatballson MarthaStewart.com because the recipe didn’t call for any breading to bind the meatballs together.
I made some minor changes, used organic ground chicken and bam, it worked. It really worked. You just have to be a little gentle. I recommend reading the whole recipe through before starting.
Next time I make these, Ill be doubling the recipe because at this point, I don’t want to share any more of them. I’m seriously considering hiding the rest of them in the veggie crisper so the hubby won’t find them. I’m a greedy rabbit. I’ll eat these as a meal or as a quick protein snack on the go.
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Protein
1 pound organic ground chicken
½ yellow onion, diced small
4 Tablespoons raw honey
2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 - 2 Tablespoon adobo sauce (can sub with sriracha sauce)
4 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chipotle flakes seasoning
1 teaspoon minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Either use a cast iron skillet that goes from stove top to oven or foil line a baking dish.
In a large bowl combine ground chicken, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Use your hands to combine everything together.
Form into balls, set aside. This recipe yielded 16 balls for me.
In a small bowl, whisk together raw honey, vinegar, adobe sauce and chipotle seasoning. The raw honey will liquefy after a minute or so, just keep stirring.
Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium/high. (I used a cast iron skillet so I could use it on the stove top and move it directly to the oven but you could use regular skillet, just add another ½ Tablespoon of olive oil at a time to make sure the meatballs don't burn if not using a cast iron skillet).
Once the oil is heated, place meatballs in pan and cook until they are browned all over. I cooked them on one side for about 6 minutes then using tongs, CAREFULLY flipped them over and cooked for another 6 minutes.
After browning the meatballs, place them in your foil lined baking dish and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and pour honey glaze over the top, coating each meatball.
Bake for 4 minutes, flip, spoon liquid over meatballs and bake for another 4.
I had some frozen tilapia filets in the freezer and really wanted fish tacos (in lettuce cups of course). This is probably the best tilapia dish I’ve ever made. I wish I had made more because It was so tender and delicious. The hubby is eating it right now and is very happy.
The breading was super easy to make and worked like a charm. I promise, super easy. The easiest paleo, gluten-free breading I’ve made so far. Of course it’s no “kentucky-fried-extra-crispy-fat-laden-grease-filled-heart-attack-waiting-to-happen” breading. It’s the perfect amount of breading. Plus it’s light, paleo and gluten free.
We ate ours in butter lettuce cups sprinkled with sweetened shredded coconut and squirted a lime over the whole thing. Happy mouth, so good.
If I served you this pudding you would be telling me how yummy, creamy and chocolaty it is in between mouthfuls. Then when I told you what the magic ingredient is you might unfriend me for lying to you. But I swear it’s the truth.
Want to know? Keep reading only if you promise not to call me a liar.
AVOCADO! Seriously, AVOCADO!
When I first read the ingredients I honestly was going to make it expecting to say “do not fall for this”.
But gosh darnit to all heck, this was SO good! Excuse my language. It’s rich, chocolaty, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan optional – if you are into that sort of thing. Quick and easy to make so why not just give it a try.
I don’t know about your house but a sugar addict lives in mine. My husband has a wicked sweet tooth so I like to have easy healthy sweet treats on hand for him. When I found this recipeI had to give it a try since we both LOVE coconut. These little babies taste just like Almond Joys except they only have 5 ingredients, are dairy free, gluten free and vegan.
My unsweetened shredded coconut was already finely shredded. i buy it in the bulk section at Whole Foods. But if you can’t find already finely shredded coconut, you can just put your flakes in a food processor and give them a few pulses to shred. I used a square mold for my candies but any mold will work, even a mini cupcake molds if that’s what you have.
These were ready in 15 minutes, that’s it. Combine the coconut flakes, coconut oil and raw honey. I found it easiest to use my hands to massage everything all together. If you find that the mixture is too dry, just add 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil at a time to moisten up the mixture.
I’ve enjoyed a juicy broiled grapefruit many many times but wanted to turn it up a notch and boy did I ever! If you’ve never broiled a grapefruit, I encourage you to partake in this type of debauchery.
Broiling grapefruit softens the pulp and allows the juices to break free. You think you’ve had a juicy grapefruit before? Try broiling it, you’ll be amazed. So sweet and tender all by itself.
But add some raw honey, sliced banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you just took breakfast to a whole new mouth-gasm, flavor combination explosion, nutritionally packed level.
Not only are these delicious, juicy, full of favor but you can start your day with:
Healthy gut flora
Just cut your grapefruit in half and pre-section the wedges with a knife. This will make it easier to enjoy all the goodness easily with a spoon when it’s done. When you spread the raw honey on the grapefruit it may seem difficult to spread but it only takes a couple of seconds for the citric acid to make the honey more spreadable. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon. Little on steps, HUGE on taste.
You can see below how I made little tin foil circle to place the grapefruit in to keep it from tipping. It’s not necessary but It my baking pan doesn’t have sides so I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting away from me.
Preheat oven to broil with baking sheet on the middle rack. Too close to the heat and your grapefruit can burn.
Cut grapefruit in half and spread 1 tbsp of honey on each half.
Place slices of banana on top of each grapefruit half.
Sprinkle each half with cinnamon.
Broil for 4 - 8 minutes. Check at 4 minutes and if not browned yet, put in for another 2 minutes at a time. Mine took the full 8 minutes but oven temperatures vary so be safe and check every couple minutes after the initial 4 minutes.
Eat and have a napkin handy because these sweet delectable citrus treats are juicy!