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Paleo Chicken Yakitori aka Japanese Chicken Skewers (Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

This healthy and low carb version of paleo chicken yakitori is super flavorful, while being easy to make. It’s the perfect Whole30 and keto summer grilling recipe!

paleo chicken yakitori recipe prepared on the grill and served with sauce

We’ve been nonstop grilling these days and I’ve been loving it. Our meals have been quick, easy and flavorful for this reason and my husband and I are not complaining one bit. My recent creation is this paleo chicken yakitori, and I made it after recently going through photos of my trip to Japan last year. Not only did we have the most amazing sushi and raw fish, we had the yummiest and the most addicting grilled meats.

Paleo Chicken Yakitori Recipe

Traditionally, a Japanese chicken yakitori recipe uses sugar to give that sweet and smoky taste to the sauce. However, in this low carb and low sugar version, I use medjool dates and coconut aminos to create that natural sweetness without giving you that sugar hangover.

Not only is this paleo chicken yakitori recipe much healthier, you actually can’t notice much of the a difference from the traditional version! Of course, if you are not doing the Whole30 challenge, you can substitute medjool dates with honey and it’ll still be healthier than the traditional version.

Japanese chicken yakitori sauce getting brushed on chicken
paleo chicken yakitori - one of my favorite Whole30 chicken recipes!

What is Japanese Chicken Yakitori?

Yakitori is Japanese chicken skewers that’s seasoned with salt and/or sauce. When a sauce is used, it’s usually a flavor combination of salty and sweet, which makes it super addicting and delicious (like my version here!). It’s a popular street food in Japan, and typically enjoyed with an alcoholic beverage like sake or beer.

When I was in Japan with my parents, we ended up at a yakitori shop late at night where there were many young and old patrons enjoying these Japanese chicken skewers while continuously ordering drinks with friends. It was such a fun and lively atmosphere!

Japanese chicken skewers close up

Tips for Making This Paleo Chicken Yakitori

These Japanese chicken skewers are easy and fun to make! It also cooks quickly so you’ll have it on the table in no time, perfect for weekday grilling. To make these extra delicious and flavorful, I do suggest the following.

  • Use chicken thighs instead of breasts. They are juicier and more flavorful, and it’ll ensure that the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Cut the chicken into squares that are flat. This way, you only have to grill 2 sides of the chicken (and not 4) for it to fully cook through quickly.
  • Do not leave out tapioca starch for the sauce. This helps the yakitori sauce thicken. You can also substitute with arrowroot starch if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Don’t forget to season the grill with oil! Nothing ruins thin cut meats quicker on the grill than when they stick to the grill and fall apart.
  • This Japanese chicken yakitori can easily be made AIP compliant with simple omissions and substitutions. This won’t change the flavor too much so I hope you try it out if you are on the autoimmune protocol!
paleo chicken yakitori dipped in sauce

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Paleo Chicken Yakitori aka Japanese Chicken Skewers (Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

This healthy and low carb version of paleo chicken yakitori is super flavorful, while being easy to make. It's the perfect Whole30 and keto summer grilling recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword aip grilling, asian chicken recipes, chicken skewers, grill chicken recipes, keto grill recipes, low carb grilling, whole30 chicken recipes, whole30 grilling
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into flat 1-2 inch squares
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste, omit pepper for AIP
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish, omit for AIP

Yakitori Sauce

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar use apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar for AIP
  • 1 pitted medjool date sub with 1-2 tbsp of honey if not Whole30
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove

Equipment

Instructions

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them for 20 minutes.
  • Place all ingredients for the yakitori sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Let the mixture come to a boil for about 3 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Separate 1/2 cup of the sauce for basting the chicken, and set aside the rest for serving.
  • Thread the chicken pieces and green onions on the skewers, alternating them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Generously grease the grill so the chicken won't stick, then heat the grill over medium high heat.
  • Add the skewers on the grill, cover, and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the skewers and repeat.
  • Brush the top layer of skewers with the prepared yakitori sauce, then cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Flip the chicken, and repeat by putting on another layer of the sauce on the other side and cooking for 2 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and with extra yakitori sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 6 | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1.5% | Vitamin C: 1.1% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 7.2%
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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!

watermelon cucumber salad-finished and plated

This watermelon cucumber salad was a result of me trying to find ways to use up a giant watermelon I recently bought. While eating it alone, sliced in triangles, is my favorite way to enjoy my favorite summer fruit, I was curious if I could incorporate it in to my meals.

I pulled some leftover ingredients from my fridge and tossed together with watermelon cubes, and I’m pretty obsessed with how refreshing and delicious this watermelon salad recipe turned out. So of course I had to share with you!

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto Recipe

I’m not always a fan of adding fruits to savory dishes, but the balance of flavors in this watermelon cucumber salad makes it so addicting and I just can’t get enough. The combination of the ingredients just gives this salad the best texture ever:

  • juicy and sweet bites of watermelon,
  • refreshing cucumbers,
  • salty prosciutto,
  • crunchy toasted pine nuts,
  • mint leaves,
  • all tossed with tart olive oil and lime juice dressing.

These flavors meld together beautifully to make a perfect summer salad that goes amazingly with some grilled meats.

pouring dressing over watermelon salad recipe
watermelon cucumber salad close up

Easy But Fancy Enough For Summer Get-Togethers

The best thing about this watermelon salad recipe is that not only is it a healthy, Whole30 salad that’s insanely delicious especially on a hot summer day, it’s super duper easy to make. I mean, it literally took me 15 minutes from start to finish.

However, the final result looks gorgeous and colorful enough that you can double or triple the recipe to serve at summer BBQs and get-togethers and everyone will be impressed! You can also prep the ingredients ahead of time, but I suggest tossing everything together right before serving for the best texture.

How to Make This Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto

The most difficult part of this watermelon salad recipe is actually chopping up the ingredients. I suggest cutting the watermelon into 1-inch cubes and cucumber into 1/2-inch pieces. You can also use a melon baller to create watermelon balls, which I think will be super fun and pretty!

The only cooking part of this recipe is toasting the pine nuts, and that can be done in less than 5 minutes on the stovetop until they are golden brown and fragrant.

I suggest tearing apart the mint leaves, instead of a slicing them with a knife so they impart a stronger mint flavor that can be melded in better with the rest of the ingredients.

Once all the ingredients are ready for this watermelon cucumber salad, all you have to do is toss them together and serve! Doesn’t get much easier than that, and even the dressing only has 4 ingredients. Definitely my kinda recipe.

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword savory watermelon recipe, summer salads, watermelon salad recipe, whole30 salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon cubed
  • 1.5 cups cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly torn into pieces
  • 2 oz prosciutto thinly sliced, nitrate free

Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat a dry pan over medium heat on the stove.
  • Add the pine nuts and toast until golden and fragrant while stirring constantly, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Combine watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large bowl, then add the toasted pine nuts.
  • Whisk the dressing in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Gently toss together.
  • Drape with prosciutto slices before serving.

Notes

If you want to make this ahead of time, you can chop the ingredients and toast the pines nuts the day before, as well and whisking the dressing together. Keep them separate and when you are ready to serve, toss everything together for best texture and freshness!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 16.1% | Vitamin C: 16.9% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 5.8%
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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You’ll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!

guacamole stuffed burgers on a plate

Now that we finally have a grill, we’ve been throwing everything on there from meats, veggies, fruits (have you ever had grilled peaches??), and more. There’s something about the flavors and textures that grilling food brings out, and my husband and I just can’t get enough. I recently decided to put by two favorite foods together to create a delicious bunless burger recipe, and I’m so excited about how it turned out!

Guacamole Stuffed Burgers Recipe

A classic low carb burger is my go-to when I need something quick to eat on-the-go. This combined with tangy and creamy guacamole is honestly a match made in heaven. You can get a taste of guacamole with every bite with these guacamole stuffed burgers, and they are so fun and indulgent while being Whole30 compliant and keto.

What I love about these stuffed burgers is that they don’t have to perfect. You may see some guacamole seep out through the edges while cooking, but that actually adds to the drool-worthy presentation when they are finally finished. You can just tell by looking at them that they are going to be a flavor bomb in your mouth!

guacamole stuffed burgers fresh off the grill stacked with guacamole oozing out
holding bunless stuffed burger

Easy Bunless Burger Recipe

I’ve been team no-buns around here for years now. The meat and the toppings are honestly the best part, and using a lettuce wrap helps you consume more veggies in one sitting which I’m always all about! Plus, if you are looking for a low carb burger, going bunless is a the way to go.

My favorite way to hold the meat and toppings together so they don’t fall apart as soon as you lift it up or bite into it, is by wrapping everything in a flexible lettuce like butter lettuce. Then, if you want to go the extra step, you can fold and tuck a parchment of wax paper over one half of the burger to keep everything tight and tidy (In-N-Out style!).

Of course, you can also enjoy it with a fork or place the burger over a salad, another favorite way that I like to enjoy a bunless burger recipe.

bunless burger recipe

How to Make Guacamole Stuffed Burgers

Before diving into the burger making, remember that these burgers do not have to be perfect! A bit of guacamole can seep out, and the burgers will still look tasty and fantastic.

With that being said, this is the way I found to be the easiest method to creating guacamole stuffed burgers.

  1. Create the burger mix and the guacamole separately.
  2. Split the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  3. Take each section and divide in half. Flatten out each half into a circle, similar in diameter to a burger patty.
  4. Take 1 flattened half and place a spoonful of guacamole to the center of the circle.
  5. Take the other half and place on the top of the first half with the guacamole
  6. Carefully use your fingers to seal the edges together, and then shape into patties.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the meat and guacamole!

Depending on how much guacamole you add to each burger, you may have some leftover at the end. You can use the rest to top the burgers with after they are cooked, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing low carb burger at the end that’s healthy and delicious.

Hope you enjoy this bunless burger recipe as much as we did in our home (my husband had 2 in one sitting). It’s a fun and easy grill recipe for the summer and all the summer get-togethers with friends and family. If you don’t have a grill, you can always use a grill pan or a cast iron skillet and cook it on the stovetop!

low carb burger in hand made with simple toppings

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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You'll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword 4th of july grill recipes, AIP 4th of July, bunless burger recipe, low carb burger, low carb grilling, paleo 4th of july, unique burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 374kcal

Ingredients

Burger Patties

  • 1 lb ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 tsp cumin omit for AIP
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Guacamole

  • 1 medium avocado ripe
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Optional toppings

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place all ingredients for the burger patties and mix together to combine. Be careful not to over-mix.
  • In a separate bowl, mash all ingredients for guacamole together.
  • Divide the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  • Use your hands to divide each section in half. Flatten each half into similar sized circles, similar in diameter as a burger patty. Add a scoop of guacamole to the center of one circle, and top with the other circle. Pinch the sides to create a burger patty with the guacamole inside, shaping it the best you can. It's okay if guacamole seeps out of the edges a bit.
  • Repeat with the rest so you have 4 burger patties. If you don't use all of the guacamole, serve it as a topping with the cooked burgers.
  • Grease and heat the grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Cook the burgers for 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1.7% | Vitamin C: 9.4% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 14.7%
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