Paleo Quick Coq Au Vin

4 11 2009

Oui. I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, what kind of silly French dish is this?  Coq au vin?  Really? 

The original French concoction was a way for provincial French wives to make use of an old rooster and took a long time to prepare.

My version is quick and easy and best of all, fits into the paleo diet.

Note, I personally do not eat mushrooms.  I leave them out when I make this, but I will put them in the recipe for those of you who do enjoy them.

So, let’s get to the food!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

5-6 strips of thick cut bacon

Package frozen pearl onions (thawed)

2-3 carrots

Container of cremini or button mushrooms

¼ cup of almond flour

2 tbs of tomato paste

1 ½ tsp dried thyme

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper

3-4 cloves garlic minced

Red wine of choice

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and put in a zip top with almond flour.  Shake to coat.
  2. Peel carrots and cut into ¼ inch slices.  Set aside.
  3. If you choose to partake of the mushrooms, wash them and cut them into quarters.  Set aside.
  4. Cut bacon into half inch strips (these little chunks of bacon are refered to as “lardons” by the French) Put into large skillet or stew pot over medium heat.  Brown.
  5. Remove bacon.
  6. Add onions and carrots and cook until they start to caramelize (get brown and release their sugars), about 5-10 minutes.  Remove the onions.
  7. If you are a mushroom eater, now is the time to add them and brown them.  Pull them out and set them aside.
  8. Add chicken to the pot.  Brown.  Pull chicken out.
  9. Put garlic and tomato paste in the pot along with the rest of the almond flour from the chicken.  Cook for a couple of minutes (be careful not to burn the garlic)
  10. Add in a little wine and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. (This is known as de-glazing)
  11. Add in half to three quarters of the bottle of wine.  Add in spices, carrots, chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the broth starts to thicken.
  12. Sprinkle bacon over the top and serve hot.

I like to serve this over spaghetti squash or zucchini that has been sliced into strips and sautéed until soft in olive oil and garlic. 

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Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic

20 10 2009

I know what you’re thinking.  40 cloves of garlic?!?!?!!  I know that vampires have been the in thing lately, but isn’t this a little TOO much insurance?  Won’t my breath demolish anyone I meet for a week after eating this? 

Never fear.  The garlic cooks down in this slow cooker dish, so it is no longer potent and overwhelming. 

Ingredients:

3 lbs of chicken (this could be a whole butchered chicken, a chicken you butcher yourself, breasts only, etc.)

5 heads of garlic (yes, the ENTIRE head)

1 lb bacon

white wine or chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dried thyme

 

Directions:

Cut bacon into inch wide chunks.  Brown in a pan.  Set bacon aside.  Put about 1 tbs of the bacon grease in the bottom of the crock pot.

Separate out all the cloves of garlic from the heads.  Smash them with the flat side of your Chinese cleaver to easily remove the paper.  Put all cloves in the bottom of the crock pot.

Pour in either white wine or chicken stock to barely cover the garlic.  (Note, if you use stock, I would also add in 2 tbs of lemon juice to help brighten up the flavor)

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and thyme over the garlic. 

Put chicken on top of the garlic.  Put bacon on top of chicken

Place a layer of Aluminum foil over the crock pot and THEN the lid.  This will keep the steam from escaping and you from running out of liquid.

If you cook at low, this should take about 7-8 hours.

If you cook at high, this should take about 4 hours.

Once done, pull out chicken and bacon and set aside.  Pour liquid and garlic into a blender (or use your stick blender) to puree into a delicious sauce.  Pour over chicken and serve!





Paleo Fried Chicken Fingers

15 10 2009

I’m a good Southern girl.  We know comfort foods.  Usually when someone thinks of a Southern meal, it’s fried chicken with mashed potatoes.  I thought, why not?  It was my challenge to make it paleo.

I’ll separate it into three recipes so that you can mix and match with different proteins and sides.

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts

½ cup of almond flour

2 eggs

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp dried thyme

3 tbs olive oil

 Directions:

Cut chicken into long strips.  Make sure that they are equally thick.  You may need to use the flat part of the knife to pound some of the fatter pieces down a bit.

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Put the chicken pieces in a zip top plastic bag with spices.  Shake to coat. 

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Dredge in almond flour, then eggs, then flour again. 

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Lay on a plate to set up for 10 minutes.  This will make sure the crust really sticks to the chicken. 

Pour olive oil in the bottom of a skillet.  Heat to medium high heat.  Add chicken and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, turn only once.  Tongs work the best for turning the chicken.

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Enjoy with mashed cauliflower and collard greens!

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Chicken in Avocado Green Chile Sauce with Spicy Butternut Squash

7 10 2009
2 chicken breasts

put in pan with water and cover on med high heat for 15 minutes. Pull chicken out and shred. Set aside.

Sauce:
2 cloves garlic minced
dice half an ancho chile
4-5 diced tomatillos
cilantro to taste

Put in saucepan with 1 tbs canola oil and heat over medium heat until tomatillos start to break down. Once sauce is cooked, add in: 1-2 ripe avocados mashed with 1 tbs lime juice

Mix chicken into sauce

I served with:
Butternut squash, peeled seeded and diced that I boiled and smashed with a little olive oil and the other half of the ancho chile. If you want the squash sweeter (which I may do next time), roast the squash in the oven at 350 with a little oil on it instead of boiling to bring out the natural sugars to caramelize a little.





Spicy Garlicy Chicken “Spaghetti”

7 10 2009
First split a spaghetti squash with a machete. I’m not kidding, these puppies are tough.  Ok, so if you don’t happen to have a machete lying around the kitchen, get a cheap Chinese-style butcher knife (see picture).  Cut a small slice from the squash side so that it can now lay flat.  Put the blade along the squash vertically.  Take a wooden or rubber mallet and tap the top of the knife to push the blade through the squash until it is split.  Please do not ruin any good knives over these beasts!
 Scoop out seeds. Put foil on a baking sheet and place squash flat side down on the sheet. Put in oven at 375 for 45-minutes to an hour or until the outside looks a bit brown and you see brown oozing goodness coming out from the squash. Trust me, the caramelized goodness of the baked version is so worth it.

Or, if you have no patience, put the halves flat side down in a microwave-safe dish with about an inch of water and microwave until inside is soft and stringy. Oh, and poke some holes in the round side of the squash before you microwave it.

In either case, when the squash is cooked, use a big spoon to scoop the stringy deliciousness into a bowl or onto plates. Season with a little salt and pepper.

For the chicken:

2-3 large chicken breasts cut into palm-sized pieces
4 cloves garlic minced (I like garlic, what can I say)
2 small or 1 medium onion, diced
1 cup red wine
1 12 oz can crushed tomatoes (find a brand where the ingredients are: tomatoes)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
2 tbs olive oil

Put olive oil in a pan and heat up over medium high heat. Brown chicken pieces on both sides. Remove. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent. Add spices. Add wine to scrape up brown bits. Add can tomatoes. Put chicken back in. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer in sauce for about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Serve over squash.