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Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken – Stovetop & Air Fryer Method

Forget takeout and enjoy this delicious paleo & Whole30 sesame chicken at home with all the healthy ingredients. You can make it on the stovetop or the air fryer!

Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken

You all know I love me a really easy and quick recipe that’s healthy and perfect for weeknights. My work days are usually jam packed and spending a long time in the kitchen to make dinner is the last thing I want to to do at the end of the day.

Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken Recipe

This paleo and Whole30 sesame chicken is one of those perfect recipes for those busy days that takes just 30 minutes to make and it tastes so much better than takeout! Chicken pieces are coated in tapioca starch and fried in either the air fryer or the stovetop to make them crispy and delicious.

These chicken pieces are then tossed in a delicious salty, sweet sauce that’s been reduced and thickened to cover the chicken in a sticky and shiny coat. It’s just perfection in a bite!

Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken
Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Making It Whole30-Friendly

If you’ve ever tried sesame chicken at a Chinese restaurant, the sauce is usually sweetened with honey, but to make this recipe Whole30-friendly, I substituted the honey with 2 medjool dates.

While this might not seem like a lot, the coconut aminos also brings out the sweet flavor, especially when it’s cooked down. You’ll be surprised by how much this Whole30 sesame chicken tastes so much like the real thing!

If you are not doing the Whole30, feel free to use about 2-3 tsp of honey instead! Either way, I think you’ll love this quick and easy recipe that’s so tasty with some cauliflower rice (or regular white rice) and your favorite veggies! I love serving this with some steamed broccoli and it’s just the perfect meal every time.

Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken
Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Paleo & Whole30 Sesame Chicken – Stovetop & Air Fryer Method

Forget takeout and enjoy this delicious paleo & Whole30 sesame chicken at home with all the healthy ingredients. You can make it on the stovetop or the air fryer!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 432kcal


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil for stovetop method
  • Toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish



  • Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a blender, and let it sit while you cook the chicken so the dates can soften.
  • Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss with sea salt.
  • Sprinkle with tapioca starch and toss together until evenly coated.
  • STOVE TOP METHOD: Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add chicken in a single layer (work in batches if necessary). Cook for 6-7 minutes while turning every few minutes, until cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • AIR FRYER METHOD: Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F. Add the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket (work in batches if necessary). Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside.
  • Blend the soaked sauce ingredients until smooth. 
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add the sauce.
  • Once the sauce starts bubbling, start stirring while simmering for about 3 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and stir to coat.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with toasted sesame seed and chopped green onions.
  • Serve with cauliflower rice or your favorite side.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 938mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1.2% | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 2.7% | Iron: 7.5%
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Crispy Paleo Coconut Chicken with “Honey” Mustard Sauce (Whole30, Low Carb)

Get a taste of fried chicken without deep frying with these crispy Paleo Coconut Chicken! They are Whole30-friendly and SO yummy dipped in “honey” mustard sauce.

Are you a fried chicken or chicken nuggets lover? If yes, I think you are going to love this recipe! This Paleo Coconut Chicken has all the crunchy crispiness of a fried chicken without the deep frying, and it’s made with all the healthy, good-for-you ingredients.

Crispy Paleo Coconut Chicken Recipe

Not only is this recipe paleo and gluten free, this recipe is Whole30-compliant and low carb, coated with healthy shredded coconut that gets so crunchy and delicious in the oven. And the best part? You can make it in under 30 minutes so it can be a quick and easy meal on a busy weeknight that even your kids will love!

Paleo Coconut Chicken

Don’t Forget the “Honey” Mustard Sauce!

While the Paleo Coconut Chicken is delicious on its own, what make it really shine is the “Honey” Mustard Sauce. This sauce is made Whole30 by using medjool dates instead of honey but you’ll never notice the difference! It’s actually the same exact recipe as this one, and it’s one of those sauces that you’ll want to put on everything. Make it if you don’t believe me! It’s actually one of my favorite sauces to put on anything savory.

Paleo Coconut Chicken

I guest posted this Crispy Paleo Coconut Chicken with “Honey” Mustard Sauce recipe on Cheryl Malik’s blog, 40 Aprons, so go check it out there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!:


Whole30 & Paleo Cashew Chicken

This Whole30 & Paleo Cashew Chicken is a quick and easy stir fry dinner, perfect on a weeknight! It’s full of flavor and delicious textures.

Paleo Cashew Chicken

A good ol’ Asian stir fry is my go-to on weeknights when I need something quick and easy for me and my husband. It’s always fast and so flavorful at the same time. I made this Paleo Cashew Chicken for dinner when I only had chicken breasts on hand for protein. I’m usually not a huge fan of chicken breasts, so I like to add yummy sauces and textures to make them a bit more interesting, and this recipe did just that while adding a ton of flavor to the chicken!

Whole30 & Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe

I love how there are so many components to this recipe: meaty chicken, crunchy cashews, with crispy bell peppers and green onions, all coated in the most delicious coconut aminos sauce. Best of all, it takes only about 20 minutes to make, and it’s a one pot dish so the clean up is a breeze.

Paleo Cashew Chicken

How to Save Even More Time

If you want to save even more time when make this Whole30 & Paleo Cashew Chicken, you can buy pre-toasted cashews. I personally love toasting my own cashews because I think the flavor and the aroma are so much better when you do it yourself, but buying them toasted already will cut down on time and effort In making this dish.

Also, the leftovers will taste amazing and heat up really well, so you can make a double batch on an especially busy week to enjoy for a few days!

I guest posted this Whole30 & Paleo Cashew Chicken recipe on Lauren Geertsen’s blog, Empowered Sustenance, so go check it out there. I hope you love it as much as I do!:


Paleo Cashew Chicken