Paleo Coconut Chicken

0 Posted by - January 6, 2014 - Food & Drink

I feel like I’m always apologizing for making paleo stuff on this blog, but dudes, I’m reviewing the stuff I make, and I make a lot of paleo stuff. It’s not that I eat paleo stuff all the time, and it’s not that I think everyone should, and I am totally not evangelizing for any one way of eating, but it’s my fucking blog, so deal.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about paleo coconut chicken, shall we?

Image from Busy Body Fitness

Image from Busy Body Fitness

I was looking for an easy recipe to make one night, and this one fit the bill, especially since I still had coconut in my pantry from my failed coconut butter cups.

Two problems became immediately obvious:

1. In order to actually make this paleo, you need some sort of non-flour substitute, like almond flour or something. I did not have any, nor did I find any at the grocery store. (This is probably my fault, so don’t get all mad and start telling me I must just not have looked in the right place. I fully own that. But I still couldn’t find it and couldn’t be arsed to hunt down a zitty grocery stockboy to help me find it.)

2. The recipe calls for unsweetened coconut, which is what I thought I had. I didn’t.

In lieu of not making anything for dinner and ordering pizza (again), I decided to just use what I had and hope for the best. So the way I made this is not really paleo. Those of you who were waiting in the wings to tell me how sanctimonious, trendy, and unscientific I am for eating paleo can leave now.

coconut chicken coating

So yep, that’s real flour for the flour step, then eggs for the egg step, then sweetened coconut for the coconut step. At least the meat is paleo. (Well, technically it’s not, because it’s not organic, free-range, liberated, cuddled, grass-fed, hormone-free, superior-in-every-way chicken. It’s just regular, you know, chicken. But whatever.)

raw coconut chicken

It looks like paleo chicken.

At this point I got a wild notion to make a side dish, and I hunted down the various greens my thoughtful neighbor brought me from the last vestiges of his garden. He didn’t tell me what they were and I didn’t taste them, and I sort of just assumed they were for, you know, salads. So I sautéed them all together.

sauteed gross greens

I reasoned that at least if the main dish isn’t quite paleo, we’ll still have some healthy green crap as a side dish.

I even managed to make the sautéed greens ready about the same time as the chicken. That’s some Sally Fuckin’ Homemaker shit right there, you guys. It rarely happens around here.

When plated it looked pleasingly delicious and nutritious. And I gotta tell you, the chicken wasn’t that bad, but I’ll get to that… The greens were awful. Apparently they were not salad greens. I don’t know what the hell kind of greens they were and I don’t know what the hell you would do with these greens because they tasted like bitter, bitter assbutt. Like I cried when I took a bite, it was so bitter.

So, um, maybe that’s part of the reason why the chicken seemed so very, very sweet. I mean, I know it has flour and eggs and sweetened coconut on it, and you could probably make a cookie out of that shit, so it’s gonna be a little sweet, but it tasted like coconut chicken cake next to the assbutt greens.

My advice? Skip the greens (or actually ask your neighbor what they are before you saute them), and don’t sub out the paleo ingredients because you are lazy.


Paleo Coconut Chicken
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Pintester gets all defensive about eating paleo and makes a paleo-ish dish that turns out not good-ish.


  • JC January 6, 2014 - 10:29 am Reply

    “Cuddled” chicken and “sally fucking homemaker shit” totally made my day. I cook like you cook, so bring on the convenient substitutions!

  • kittnen January 6, 2014 - 11:32 am Reply

    What is it with paleo folks and coconut? You miss cheese so much that you have to pretend that you’re living in a tropical paradise? Seriously though, I swear that every paleo recipe I’ve ever come across involves coconut in some form.

  • Jennifer Bickford January 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm Reply

    I could never do Paleo ‘cuz I hate coconut unless it’s combined with booze…in a glass…with an umbrella. Don’t think that’s Paleo approved.

    • Katy January 6, 2014 - 4:14 pm Reply

      Umbrellas aren’t paleo? Huh. Who knew.

  • Heather H January 6, 2014 - 1:33 pm Reply

    Greens you can saute tend to be bitter. Try sauteeing chards, dandelion, kale and the like with a little honey. I just add little by little to taste (I don’t measure shit).

  • saltgrain January 6, 2014 - 4:38 pm Reply

    I would cry if I couldn’t use Panko bread crumbs..hahaha. I made chicken tenders last night but mine had flour.. egg white (husband is being militant on his no cholesteral) panko breadcrumbs and seasame seads.. with some asian type seasoning in it. fried in olive oil that I am sure was lovingly hugged out of the olive. Some salad greens are bitter.. some people like that.. I DONT! I like regular old butter, romaine and iceberg!

  • Catherine January 6, 2014 - 5:03 pm Reply

    I’m pretty fucking impressed that your dishes finished at the same time. That shit only happens in the movies. My main dish usually lets me finish first, though. He’s nice like that.

  • Mel January 7, 2014 - 1:45 pm Reply

    Thanks for making me literally lol with the “bitter assbutt” statement ! haha 🙂

  • Kel January 7, 2014 - 2:21 pm Reply

    Coconut chicken cake with assbutt greens. Best. Meal planning. Ever.

  • Oriana January 7, 2014 - 2:50 pm Reply

    You are a glutton for punishment and I, as a reader, appreciate that.

  • Rachel Gaughan January 8, 2014 - 5:32 pm Reply

    I don’t understand all this gacky coconut in Paleo. Do people think that Neanderthals lovingly shredded coconut in their caves while gnawing on Mammoth bones????

    • t-is-me May 6, 2014 - 6:39 am Reply

      Not to mention coconut itself tastes like “assbut.” I’ve been trying some paleo recipes lately, but can’t bring myself to do the coconut. No thanks.

  • SFH January 11, 2014 - 9:27 pm Reply

    just found your blog via pinterest. I’m in love. -SallyF’nHomemaker

  • Katie January 14, 2014 - 7:53 pm Reply

    “I don’t know what the hell you would do with these greens because they tasted like bitter, bitter assbutt.” I laughed so hard at this that I gave myself hiccups.

  • mkimbee February 2, 2014 - 5:59 pm Reply

    I’m pretty sure you’re my spirit guide.

  • Charlotte February 17, 2014 - 6:04 am Reply

    If you’re going to make Paleo recipes, probably the easiest place to find almond flour/meal is Trader Joe’s…it’s usually with the regular baking stuff, which I can never find bc I think they rearrange the Cary store just to screw with me.

  • STReno May 7, 2014 - 8:49 pm Reply

    Looking for a pale chicken recipe & ended up laughing my butt off. Funny Sh!t!

  • Jess May 12, 2014 - 11:16 pm Reply

    I have to say, I was laughing so hard about the greens thing, I had tears in my eyes. Like.. I had to stop reading to wipe my eyes, and broke down when I tried to explain to my roommates. Love this blog!!

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