Whole30/Paleo Chicken and Broccoli

Uhm, are you seeing a little bit of a trend around here lately?


Paleo?

Whole30?

What the ???

Nah, it's not that I've converted Hubby, thereby making MY life any easier, trust me, it's not like THAT at all ...

BUT

I have convinced him that I really need to be more focused on what I eat and that if he participates, even just a bit, it's a lot easier for me to stay focused ...


Yeah. It's kind of working ... until the weekend rolls around and then the beer tops pop, the tequila and wine flows like a river and all those other cheesy little cliches ... (the mountains are blue in this house, just for the record) ... but if I can stay focused Sunday Funday through Thursday then I'm about 75% there, right? It's work in progress, that's all I'm saying ... work in progress ...

Right.

And, that, my friends, is how we got this dish happening ...

2 pounds of chicken thighs, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI)
1 large head of broccoli, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI, I used 4 small heads)
3 tbs sesame oil (forever in the pantry)
2 tbs ginger ... I'm not a fan but I used this stuff (Publix b1g1f)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2/3 c coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative to avoid soy, grains, etc.) (Whole Foods!)
1 tbs arrowroot powder (or corn starch) to thicken (Amazon)
Riced cauliflower (Trader Joes!) or zucchini noodles, if desired

See, not a whole lot of stuff ;-)  AND ... it only took 30 minutes of cooking time so get chopping in the morning before you head out to work!

Let's hop to it!

Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil, ginger, coconut aminos, salt, garlic powder and them pepper flakes.  Add the chicken in and give a quick shake to coat a bit. Cook til chicken is about half cooked through.*

Add the broccoli, shake the pan a bit, turn up the heat and put a lid on the pan. I used a lid that sat just inside the pan as I didn't want it 100% covered.  Lift lid and give a stir every few minutes to get the broccoli coated a bit.

Once the broccoli has started to get soft, if desired, add a sprinkle of arrowroot powder over the mixture and stir with a large spoon. This will help it thicken a little.

Serve over zucchini noodles OR riced cauliflower.  I opted for to serve Hubby his with Trader Joe's Veggie Rice ... it's like a perfect thing for the men in the house for some reason, lima beans and all ...


MEN. 

Me? I ate mine just as is in a bowl. I may have had more than one serving as well ... and went ahead and packaged up my lunch for tomorrow as well. It's a good thing, Hubby loved it and said it was a keeper. Huh. Does he know it's Whole30/Paleo Approved? Well ... he knew that I used the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce ... so that should have led him to believe ... but then again, he's been using the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce ever since I told him soy sauce isn't good for women ;-) I guess that means he loves me? I love him too! Any how ....


This was pretty damn good and it will so be happening again!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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*So for the record: I followed the original recipe from the start and was sorry as soon as I added the chicken in. The chicken NEEDS to cook first other wise you will have raw chicken on top of quickly dying broccoli. I ended up scooping the sad broccoli out in to a bowl while the chicken cooked, adding it back at the end with more raw broccoli so I wouldn't have sad broccoli throughout.




Comments

  1. Yummo! I was a strange child in that I adored broccoli as a baby (and still do!) so this is pretty much my ideal recipe ;)

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    1. That's funny! Broccoli was the first thing I fed my daughter when she was a baby, steamed and pureed it. I was gagging the whole time as I hated the taste and smell of broccoli back then ... it's still her favorite veggie to this day so it paid off!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your Chicken and Broccoli with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. Paleo or no, this looks fabulous! We're going to have to try it this week. :)

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  4. This looks really good! I totally know how hard it is to try to diet when SOMEONE in your house won't participate ;) My husband is always really accommodating to my dietary needs but he is the one that ends up losing all the weight - not me! Not fair.

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  5. Looks delicious! Thanks for joining Fiesta Friday!

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