The Ultimate Paleo Chicken Recipes List
Post by Lucha: World traveler turned culinary student, Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
Nothing is more popular than chicken. It’s so versatile and so yummy. And it fits perfectly in a variety of Paleo dishes.
That’s why I put together this ultimate list of chicken recipes, which are the absolute best I’ve found on the Internet. Enjoy!
The TOP 4 Paleo Chicken Recipes
This is much more than a simple Paleo chicken recipe. It’s Chicken and Waffles! Are you excited yet? You should be. Marlina (who let us use her image from her GirlMeetsPaleo blog) created this concoction as a spur of the moment idea, but it’s definitely got lasting appeal. Chicken and waffles are already delicious, but with added buffalo sauce? Pure brilliance. It calls for butter, ghee, or an oil of your choice, so you can go with the dairy or not with very little difference.
This recipe was created when a freezer failed, and a bunch of chicken needed to be cooked quickly and easily. But I think you’ll agree that the result is much better than just a “quick” recipe. The simple combination of pure maple syrup with Dijon mustard creates an irresistible tangy and sweet mixture that pairs perfectly with chicken breasts or even thighs. Very versatile and delicious.
Another relatively simple recipe that works by combining two flavors that contrast and yet complement each other. In this case, it’s the lemon and rosemary that work extremely well together, while still allowing the chicken (a milder flavor) to shine. For a 2-step recipe, you simply can’t do much better.
If you don’t know what Mofongo is, then you’re in for a treat. The basics of a Mofongo is that green plantains are mashed and then essentially used as a bowl for the contents of the dish. Many a Mofongo is based around pork, but this, of course, is Paleo Chicken Recipe, so chicken is the star in this case. However, it’s still got bacon, if you’re wondering, which can’t help but make it that much better.
Ancestral Chef Chicken Recipes
We have also published several creative Paleo chicken recipes on our own site.
Paleo Buffalo Chicken Recipes
Buffalo chicken is almost Paleo to begin with, but typically, the wings or thighs are coated in butter. If you’re good with dairy, then that’s not a problem, but for anyone looking for dairy-free versions, this recipe is an excellent starting point. It’s very simple and uses olive oil instead of the traditional butter, but you really can’t tell too much difference.
I really love this Paleo chicken recipe, mostly because I love meatloaf and I love spicy seasoning. So combining them together is a win-win in my book. If you’re buying prepared buffalo sauce (which is called for in this recipe), I’d be extra careful of the ingredients, as many such sauces contain added sugar, sometimes canola oil, and other ingredients you’re much better off avoiding.
I haven’t tried these Buffalo Chicken Strips, but they deserve a mention. They are incredibly simple to make, they contain only pure Paleo ingredients, and the spice mixture is superb.
I like all of the recipes on this list, but I love this one. It’s partially just personal preference, but the combination of creamy coconut cream (a bit redundant – I know), salty and delicious bacon (also redundant), and spicy and tart hot sauce is really flavorful and smart. Because it’s a casserole, the end result doesn’t always look as pretty as some other dishes, but the flavor is amazing.
Bill and Hayley’s buffalo wings are as simple and easy as possible. Just 3 ingredients, although you need to make the buffalo sauce ahead of time. Simple but excellent.
Primal Chicken Recipes (these recipes contain some dairy as indicated)
1. Grilled Chicken With White Asparagus & Eggplant (Butter/Ghee)
This is really an entire meal rather than just a Paleo chicken recipe, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Using Ghee and Dijon mustard, this recipe creates a tender and creamy chicken, along with beautiful accompaniments of, obviously, asparagus and eggplant.
2. Apple Maple Stuffed Chicken (Cream Cheese)
This paleo chicken recipe is decidedly higher on dairy, calling for a fair amount of cream cheese. That’s not something that I eat any longer, but if you’re not cutting out processed dairy, then I can only imagine that this recipe is extra-delicious because of it (along with the maple syrup and apples stuffed into the chicken).
3. Chicken And Roasted Green Chile Stew (Heavy Cream)
I haven’t made this particular recipe, but I’ve made ones very similar, and they work out well pretty much 100% of the time. Or maybe I just love flavorful stews… In either case, you should definitely give this one a go. If you wanted to make it without the dairy, I’m pretty sure you could just leave out the cream and have a less creamy stew, which would likely turn out almost as well.
4. No-Fuss Oven Baked Whole Chicken (Butter)
There’s something beautiful about a whole chicken. And this one is more beautiful than most (especially that photo, kindly shared by blogger Allison at The Sprouting Seed). It’s extremely fresh and simple, and it really preserves the character and flavor of the chicken, rather than overloading it with superfluous flavors. You could make it fully Paleo just by swapping out the butter for a Paleo oil like olive oil or ghee (unless you also don’t handle ghee well, of course).
5. Chicken Tikka Masala (Butter & yogurt)
I visited India for the first time in early 2014, and it really deepened my love for South Asian cuisine. Masala dishes seem to be much more popular in the US, comparatively, but that’s fine with me. And these two Paleo Chicken Masala recipes are superb, combining most of the traditional flavors with Paleo twists (for instance, cauliflower rice).
If you’re new to being Paleo, then breaded meats are probably something you still remember very fondly. Heck – even I still remember them very fondly. This Paleo chicken recipe has you covered. It’s not 100% Paleo, since it’s stuffed with blue cheese (which I used to love), but if you digest cheese ok, then it’s worth a try (or 5). The almond breading is always a little different than bread crumbs, but it’s an excellent re-creation.
7. Paleo Chicken Piccata By Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine (Butter/Ghee)
Another slightly breaded Paleo chicken recipe, this one is very reminiscent of many dishes I’ve had in Italy. It’s cooked with white wine and lemon and makes use of parsley and capers, all subtle flavors that provide a very complex and understated experience.
8. Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs (Butter)
Alex is one of my friends who is a fantastic illustrator. Check out the recipe to see the specific illustration she put up just for this recipe. The thing I love about this recipe is the added saltiness from the Coconut Aminos, which pair well with the ginger and garlic (a combination popular in many Asian dishes).
9. Juicy Ranch Chicken (Butter)
You’ll first need to make your own ranch seasoning, which is a different recipe on this site, but I know that there are a ton of you who love ranch-flavored chicken dishes. Personally, I’ve never really liked ranch dressing or ranch flavoring, so I’m not an impartial observer on this one. But it looks great… 🙂
It’s my thought that Paleo chicken recipes don’t just need to be the muscle of the chicken. They can also include the organs, which are the more nutritious portions anyway. This particular recipe makes use of the liver to create an awesome pate. Plus, even though it calls for butter, it’s really only a topping for the pate, so you can easily just leave it out if you prefer.
Some chefs really test out alternatives to gluten and wheat. This recipe is a bright example of that. Instead of just coating the chicken cutlets with almond meal or almond flour (a favorite tactic), this recipes uses a mixture, consisting partially of arrowroot flour and coconut flour, which gives a much better texture.
12. Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza- Cauliflower Crust (Yogurt & Blue Cheese)
Most of us miss pizza. Especially after a night with a bit of alcohol, right? There are other great Paleo pizza recipes out there, but this one is pretty darn good. It’s got a fair amount of dairy (between the yogurt and blue cheese), but if that’s your thing, go for it. Also, although no pizza is the same without cheese, you could easily do this one without, if for no other reason than the buffalo sauce and bacon add a lot of flavor.
13. Husband’s Favorite Chicken Tetrazzini (Butter/Ghee)
This Paleo chicken recipe is really more of a pasta recipe, but I don’t hear anybody complaining. It’s creamy and delicious without the dairy (apart from butter and/or ghee, and you know that we now consider ghee to be 100% Paleo). Made with spaghetti squash, it’s delectable.
14. Lemon Tarragon And Garlic Chicken (Herbet Butter)
Have I mentioned before that I love slow cookers? (Just kidding – of course I have). This is a beautiful chicken recipe that takes advantage of the slow cooker to create an amazingly tender and delicious dish that uses what in my mind is a very under-utilized herb – tarragon. (Special thanks to Naz for permission to reproduce this image from her blog, Cinammon Eats.)
15. The Best Roast Chicken (Butter)
Why is it the “best”? Because it’s easy and because it’s delicious. And do you really need more reason? It’s a whole roasted chicken with a lot of flavor, and it’s fantastic.
16. The Best Paleo Chicken Wings (Butter)
I’ve picked a lot of chicken wings for this list, but it’s partially because I know that I’m not the only one who loves them. This recipe – like many others – uses butter, but it’s relatively easy to substitute out with only minimal change in flavor. It also uses soy sauce, which is a big plus for me. There’s a note about soy sauce containing gluten, which is often true, but it’s pretty easy these days to find ones that are gluten-free.
17. Chicken Enchilada Casserole (Cheese)
When I first saw this enchilada recipe, the photos made me so hungry that I actually took a break from writing this post to get a snack. That’s how good it looks. To be fair, it contains cheese, which I almost never eat (and only then when it’s raw), but the enchiladas would be great even without the cheese. It’s a bit of work to make the cauliflower tortillas, but totally the thing to do.
18. Healthy Chicken A La King (Butter & Cream Cheese)
I’ve had readers request Paleo versions of this recipe, but to be honest, I’ve actually never had the non-Paleo version. Doesn’t mean it I wouldn’t like it, though. Grass-Fed Mama made this version, and I’m determined to try it in the near future. I love pretty much any recipe that contains this many herbs and spices.
Leeks were something that came to me late in life, and I feel like I missed out. This particular Paleo chicken recipe makes judicious use of leek, and that makes me happy. What also makes me happy is that it’s super easy and pretty quick. Speaking of quick…
20. Creamy Chicken Lazone (Butter & Cream)
I didn’t include an image from this recipe, but perhaps I should have. Just seeing how the finished product looks does all the talking that is necessary. Garlic, onion, and chili powder, along with a bit of dairy (butter and cream) make this chicken incredibly moist and flavorful (and almost irresistible).
Fast Paleo Chicken Recipes (All Under 30 Minutes Total)
Melissa Joulwan is a genius, and if you don’t know her by now, you should be following her. This is yet another example – albeit a pretty simple one. Her argument is a sound one. Chicken liver is incredibly healthy, and by combining it with eggs and a few herbs and spices, you can make it ridiculously delicious. (And then place it on apples as in the photos she took.) Too good.
This one actually works well with either chicken or fish. Two recipes for one, as it were. And one very good reason to include this recipe in your repertoire is that not enough recipes use artichokes. Just saying.
I miss fast food. But really it’s just the convenience I miss, because as this recipe proves, you can always recreate any food that you could get at a fast food restaurant. These KFC-style chicken strips actually use the 11 secret herbs and spices (minus the MSG).
After going Paleo, I’ve rarely ever deep-fried anything, but this Paleo chicken recipe is essentially a deep-frying recipe, using coconut oil, of course. The chicken is coated with almond flour and flavored with spices, but the point is that if you’re looking for that deep-fried texture and flavor, this is it.
Strawberry Basil sauce should be all that you need to know. Gina from Running to the Kitchen (who created this Paleo chicken recipe and also let us use her photo) also included a fantastic story with this recipe that I think many of you might be able to relate to. Read it and then make the recipe!
Paleo Chicken Breast Recipes
Chicken Katsu is not something I’ve ever had, and I had to look up Katsu sauce to figure out what it is. (If you’re wondering, it’s a sweet version of a soy sauce). It’s not typically Paleo, but this recipe contains a special Paleo version.
In our home, we stir-fry more than anything else. It’s a very simple, easy, and flavorful way to cook almost anything. This Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry is an excellent example of how easy and awesome stir-fried chicken and veggies can be.
A very summer-y and refreshing chicken dish. I also love the suggestion to chop a bunch of veggies once a week ahead of time to avoid the rush at mealtime. My kind of tip.
This recipe didn’t quite make it into our top 4 or 5 Paleo chicken recipes, but it came very close. I’m slightly partial to many Asian-inspired dishes, and the soy sauce and roasted sesame in this chicken dish are superb and work very well with the pan-fried chicken.
Another two dishes for summer, as you might have guessed. After all, who cooks kabobs during any other time (unless you live in a place where it’s perpetual summer weather). The first set of kabobs appeals to me in particular because there are few things I like to grill more than pineapple (which is a key component of these kabobs). The second set is a bit more traditional, but the addition of cauliflower couscous is an untraditional and welcome change.
It’s a bit of alliteration to include both artichokes and asparagus in the same recipe, but word-play aside, it’s a wonderful combination. This is more of a casserole than anything else, but it’s quite a colorful site in the end, which is rare for many chicken dishes.
A range of awesome herbs and spices, but best of all, a dressing that’s tasty and completely Paleo. And if you’re used to eating a lot of salads, good dressings are one of the things that are easy to miss. Just heed the warning to make sure that the fish sauce you use is filled with only Paleo ingredients.
Crispy and Creamy. You don’t find many recipes that do both of those things well. But this one does. The creamy comes from an avocado sauce that is spread over chicken tenders made crispy with coconut flour.
10. Paleo Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken (Coconut Sugar)
A fantastically salty and sweet chicken recipe that’s created very simply in a slow cooker with coconut aminos and pineapple. We typically add pineapple to pork dishes, but it goes just as well with chicken.
11. Chicken Vindaloo: How To Make Curry With Only 5 Ingredients (Yogurt Optional)
TheStoneSoup.com is a superb website that I think everybody should follow regularly. I love almost everything I see on this site. Her chicken vindaloo dish is made with just 5 ingredients, and yet it’s packed full of flavor. Grass-Fed Girl is another site you should be following. Her recipe also requires just 5 ingredients, slightly different, but just as delicious.
Whole Chicken Paleo Recipes
From apple cider vinegar to apple butter to apple cider, this recipe is all about the apple. It’s typically made with an entire chicken, but any parts of leftover chicken are fine as well. Chances are, you won’t have any leftovers after making this.
2. Hungry Boys Slow Cooked Chicken Curry With Pink Cauli Rice
Another curry chicken recipe. There’s a reason that Indian restaurants across the US serve chicken curry as the most popular recipe, and there’s a reason that so many of the best Paleo chicken recipes are based around curries.
Simone is quickly becoming one of the best caterers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she’s all about cooking Paleo food. In this recipe, she pairs a roasted chicken with a maple-bacon confit. Is there anything a maple-bacon confit wouldn’t make better?
This recipe was created in honor of one of the biggest Mexican holidays, Dia de los Muertos. It’s flavored with traditional Mexican spices, including paprika and chili powder. As one of the few Mexican-inspired chicken recipes, it has earned its place on this list.
I thought about only including one or two roast chicken recipes, but even the slight differences make them all worth including. This is one of the most traditional recipes, based on lemon, onion, garlic, and rosemary. And traditions are generally traditions for a good reason.
This recipe has ghee/clarified butter, so if you’re very intolerant of dairy, you’ll need to alter it a bit. However, it’s worth altering, because the apples and sweet potatoes add a sweet and starchy component to the chicken dish that is deliciously complementary.
Chicken Salad Paleo Recipes
Anytime you have an 11-year old raving about a salad as the best you’ve ever made, you know it’s a pretty good recipe to keep making. That’s the experience that occurred with this Paleo Chicken Caesar Salad recipe, which recreates a Paleo dressing from entirely Paleo ingredients.
2. Berry Avocado Chicken Salad
This is one of the quickest recipes on the list, so if you’re ever short on time and don’t really have much time to cook (but you have some pre-cooked chicken lying around), this salad is an excellent choice.
Strawberries and mustard are the heart of this salad (in addition to the pulled chicken). The dish comes together as a sweet and tart mixture that still features the chicken.
I’ve never loved traditional salads, but I used to love salads that made generous use of mayo, such as egg salad and tuna salad. This Avocado Chicken Salad is Paleo and doesn’t make use of Mayo, but the texture and flavors are similar, largely as a result of avocadoes and lime (also reminiscent of guacamole).
Asian-Inspired Paleo Chicken Recipes
A beautiful chicken recipe that uses pineapple and maple syrup for the sauce, and tapioca flour for the “breading.” Excellent and something I want to make over and over again.
An excellent rendition of a typical south Asian dish. The rice is replaced with cauliflower, and turmeric and garam masala are the flavor stars.
Technically, tagine is the name of the cooking dish that is used to make recipes like this. However, you don’t really need one – as stated in this recipe, a Dutch oven works just fine. Saffron is something I’d like to use a lot more often, as this recipe reminds me (even though I still find saffron ridiculously expensive).
If you’ve never had a “Ding,” then welcome to the club. Nor had I. But it’s really not much more than a delicious stir-fry with a bit of coconut flour mixture for coating. (And yes, if you remember, peas are Paleo!)
I had to include two recipes on this list from RunningToTheKitchen.com, because they’re both so superb. This Paleo chicken recipe uses one of my all-time favorite sauces (Sriracha). If you’re buying sriracha in a store, it will almost never be Paleo, so you really need to make your own, but there are lots of great Paleo recipes out there for it (including one on nomnompaleo.com).
As you know already, I love Asian-inspired dishes. However, I eat very little Philippine food, mostly just because I haven’t been exposed to it a lot (not because I dislike anything about it). If you want to try a dish that is reminiscent of and inspired by Philippine cuisine, this is a good place to start.
When I first saw this recipe, I thought maybe they’d misspelled “lard” and written “larb.” My own ignorance… Larb is a Thai minced meat salad, and it’s just really great. The combination of lime, chili-garlic sauce, and fish sauce is simply perfect.
Paleo Chicken Organ Recipes
This might be something you’re unwilling to try at first, but I encourage you to give it a bit more thought. Chicken hearts are quite delicious to begin with (we often eat them at Brazilian barbecue restaurants). With a little oil and spices, this recipe makes them even more desirable. Just try it.
The second-easiest recipe on the list, requiring just a grill and some basic spices. If you’ve never grilled organ meats, I beg you to give it a try. Liver, in particular, is incredibly healthy, and you’ll probably like it a lot more than you think.
Other Awesome Paleo Chicken Recipes
Gina, like me, though Brussels Sprouts were evil when she was a kid. Thankfully, both of us have come full-circle at this point in our lives. And that’s good for you, too, because it allowed Gina to create this fantastic recipe, which uses just one pan and a bunch of delicious ingredients, including both chicken and Brussels sprouts.
A fantastic creation. I don’t always love trying to recreate dishes that I ate before going Paleo, but sometimes it’s just too much fun to resist. And chicken pot pie is one of those dishes from childhood that so many us grew up eating (myself included). This one is made with a coconut flour crust, which is a little bit more crumbly, but still superb.
As the first soup on this list (there aren’t many), it’s a decidedly autumnal recipe, relying on starchy tubers like carrots and turnips. The cauliflower cooks down to thicken the soup, and the rest of the ingredients add a lot of flavor.
Drumsticks have always been my favorite part of the chicken. They’ve got more meat than the wings and are moister than the breast. This Paleo chicken recipe makes the thighs even better by covering them with a coat of thyme, honey and dijon.
If I have any complaints about chicken, it’s that it can often dry out quite easily. It’s why so many recipes add a fat like butter or olive oil to the chicken (to keep it moist). However, there an even better way to do that – wrap it in bacon. And then eat the bacon, of course.
6. Coconut Chicken Nuggets
We’ve actually created our own version of chicken nuggets, but Taylor’s version is excellent as well. I know that all of your kids don’t really want to give up their chicken nuggets, and with recipes like this, they don’t need to.
If you like, you can actually make this version of pan-fried chicken quite spicy by using even more paprika and cayenne pepper than the recipe calls for. It’s what I’d do, and I know I’m not the only one who loves a good, spicy chicken every once in a while.
This recipe is surprisingly easy and is hard to get wrong. Lemon and parsley are the keys, but the duck fat really keeps the chicken moist and adds a bit of extra flavor.
The reason this chicken recipe is called “Every Day” is not just because it’s good enough to eat that often, but also because it requires just 10 minutes of prep. It’s an additional 45 minutes of cooking, but that’s all just anticipation.
This is a really an “all-out” recipe for great chicken wings, not just something that is quickly thrown together. You’ll need to follow the recipe to create both the rub for the wings, as well as the sauce for the wings, but the payoff for doing both is a set of perfectly Paleo and perfectly delicious wings.
The easiest recipe on this list. Three ingredients and some cooking. Amazing.
12. Amazing Baked Mustard Chicken
I didn’t include very many recipes on this list that are on the sweeter side (even though traditional chicken recipes frequently include a honey barbecue or honey mustard dressing). I tend to shy away from the extra sugar, even if made with raw honey or maple syrup. However, if you want to give a sweeter recipe a try, here are 3 good recipes for you.
On the tarter side, this recipe makes judicious use of lemons, giving this chicken a zing and flavor that I’m betting a lot of families will truly love.
There aren’t too many chicken recipes you can hold in your hand (wings being the obvious but messy exception). These lettuce wraps are something that we’ve made at our home before, however.
I used to HATE olives. There are few things I disliked less. I still won’t eat them by themselves. However, even I love them when used as part of a good dish, and this Paleo chicken recipe fits the bill, using the olives for added texture and flavor, which makes a huge difference.
It may sound like blasphemy to some of you, but I actually prefer wrapping most things in Prosciutto rather than bacon. I love bacon, but the softness and even fattier nature of prosciutto is irresistible to me. If you’re anything like me, then I’d be doing you a disservice to not include at least one recipe that wraps chicken in prosciutto, so here it is.
Of every world cuisine I’ve had (and I’ve traveled quite a bit), there’s still nothing that gets me more excited than good Cajun food. And gumbo is an integral part of Cajun food. So you’ll quickly understand why I think you should definitely try this Paleo Chicken Gumbo recipe.
Russ always creates amazing dishes, and this is yet another example. You’ll need to first make his Peach BBQ sauce, but it’s definitely worth the prep.