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Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paleo, Keto)

This Whole30 and keto buffalo chicken dip is so creamy and addicting even without cheese, and it’s the perfect snack to serve on game day or get-togethers!

whole30 buffalo chicken dip

A good buffalo chicken dip is always a popular low carb and keto game day food that everyone reaches for. The flavor is just so addicting, it’s so perfect with veggies or chips, and you just never get sick of it! While the traditional version is made with cheese, this paleo and Whole30 buffalo chicken dip doesn’t include any dairy but still tastes fantastic whether you eat cheese or not!

Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

This homemade buffalo chicken dip is extremely easy to make and comes together very quickly if you use precooked chicken. You just mix the ingredients and bake, so it’s a perfect crowd-pleasing recipe that takes minimal effort for a party or a get-together.

The creaminess of the mayonnaise and the tanginess of the nutritional yeast are the perfect substitute for cheese, and the baking process really melds all the flavors together to create a phenomenal dairy free and paleo buffalo chicken dip.

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paleo buffalo chicken dip fresh out of the oven

Tips for Making This Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • To make this low carb buffalo chicken dip recipe super easy for you, you can use leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken.
  • If you only have raw chicken on hand, you can pan fry 1 lb of chicken breasts or thighs over medium high heat 5-6 minutes on each side before shredding them to use in this recipe.
  • My favorite hot sauce to use for making my own buffalo sauce is Frank’s Red Hot Original. If you use another hot sauce with a different spice level, you may want to adjust the amount in the recipe.
  • This paleo buffalo chicken dip will last up to 4-5 days chilled. To reheat the leftovers, you can microwave it or heat it again in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
Grain free tortilla chip dipped in low carb buffalo chicken dip

Ways to Serve This Homemade Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • If you are looking for a Whole30 and keto game day food, you can serve this low carb buffalo chicken dip with your favorite low carb vegetables to dip with. My favorite are cucumbers, carrots, celery sticks, and sliced bell peppers.
  • If you aren’t necessarily Whole30 or keto, I love eating this yummy dip with grain free crackers or tortilla chips!
  • My husband and I love this paleo buffalo chicken dip even as a meal because we are so obsessed with buffalo chicken. It’s delicious with a side of rice or cauliflower rice!

If you are looking for a homemade buffalo chicken dip that’s healthy, low carb, and Whole30, you’ll love this easy and flavorful recipe that’s always a crowd-pleaser and gone in no time. It’s a great dairy free and keto game day food for your favorite sports season, or if you just want make something delicious for a small get-together!

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Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paleo, Keto)

This Whole30 and keto buffalo chicken dip is so creamy and addicting even without cheese, and it's the perfect snack to serve on game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword game day appetizer, game day snacks, homemade buffalo chicken dip, keto game day food, low carb game day recipe, paleo buffalo chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 291kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken about 1 lb raw
  • 1 cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce or more to taste (I like Frank's Red Hot Original)
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. You can taste and add more hot sauce if you prefer.
  • Transfer to a small baking dish and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Serve warm with celery, carrots, cucumbers, and/or your favorite veggies. You can also enjoy with gluten free crackers or tortillas if you are not doing the Whole30.

Notes

To reheat the leftovers, you can microwave it or heat it again in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3.6% | Vitamin C: 11.9% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 5.9%
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Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)

These low carb and keto air fryer fried pickles are breaded with crushed pork rinds, and so crunchy and addicting! They are way easier to make than the deep fried method.

The first time I tried fried pickles was about 3 years ago. It was such a new concept to me that even though I was gluten free, I tried several of them at a bar and couldn’t believe how delicious they were. I definitely didn’t feel well afterwards being gluten intolerant, but I remember thinking that it was totally worth it. They were that good!

Because it was love at first bite, I definitely had keto fried pickles on my list to make when I bought myself an air fryer. After making these air fryer pickles a few times, I’m honestly so stoked at how delicious and crispy they are!

Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles Recipe

Making fried pickles in the air fryer is so much easier than traditional deep frying and the cleanup is a breeze as well. These air fryer pickles are made low carb by using ground up pork rinds rather than breadcrumbs, but the texture is still so crunchy and crispy. I love that they are way healthier than the original version and I honestly couldn’t stop eating these!

How to Make Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Because these are low carb and keto fried pickles, the breading ingredients may be a bit different but the process is quite similar to regular fried pickles. It helps to make an assembly line of coconut flour, egg wash, and pork panko mixture. You first toss the pickles in coconut flour so they are well coated, and then dredge in the egg wash, then finally coat them with the pork panko mixture before adding them to the air fryer.

The coconut flour and the egg wash help the pork panko stick so you have deliciously crispy fried pickles in the air fryer and you won’t be able to stop eating! It only takes 10 minutes of cook time and you don’t have to worry about oil splattering on your skin or clothes.

Tips for Making These Keto Fried Pickles

Making fried pickles in the air fryer is pretty simple but I want to share some tips and tricks to make them extra crispy and delicious.

  • Dill pickles are traditionally used to make fried pickles, but you can use any kind of pickles you like.
  • Make sure to pat dry the pickle slices before tossing them with coconut flour so there isn’t too much moisture.
  • Pork panko just means ground up pork rinds. You can crush them yourself, but I love buying these ground up ones to save time.
  • I highly recommend you taste the pickles before breading them to decide if you want to add salt to the pork panko mixture. Mine was plenty salty enough so I didn’t need to add any.
  • You may need to work in batches to cook these air fryer pickles. They taste best if they are cooked in a single layer, and depending on your air fryer, the surface area may not be big enough to fit all the pickles.
  • You can get these air fryer pickles extra crispy if you spray or brush them with cooking oil before you cook each side. I use this avocado oil spray and it works really well for this.

If you end up making these keto fried pickles, leave a comment and let me know how you like them! They are definitely one of my favorite recipes to make in the air fryer.

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Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)

These low carb and keto air fryer fried pickles are breaded with crushed pork rinds, and so crunchy and addicting! They are way easier to make than the deep fried method.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer pickles, air fryer recipes, keto air fryer, keto fried pickles, low carb fried pickles, whole30 air fryer recipes, whole30 fried pickles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 144kcal

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Pat dry the pickle slices with a kitchen or paper towel and place in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the pickles with coconut flour and toss gently so all sides are coated.
  • In a separate bowl, crack and whisk the egg.
  • In another bowl, mix together pork panko, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Working in batches, dredge the pickle slices in the egg wash.
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the pickle slices.
  • Arrange the dill pickle slices in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • For extra crispy pickles, spray or brush the pickles with avocado oil.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping then spraying (or brunshing) with avocado oil again halfway through.
  • Serve immediately with ranch, or your favorite dip!

Notes

The pickles that I used were plenty salty on their own so I didn’t add any more salt. I would taste the pickles first before to determine if you want to add more salt or not. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 2 | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1839mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13.3% | Vitamin C: 1.4% | Calcium: 7.2% | Iron: 6.5%
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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.

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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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