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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
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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 432kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Sauce

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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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!:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Paleo Cashew Chicken

Whole30 Mongolian Beef (Paleo, Keto, AIP Option)

This easy Keto and Whole30 Mongolian Beef is so much healthier and tastier than takeout and it only takes 20 minutes to make, with an AIP option!

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

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I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had my cookbook on my mind, but I’ve been craving Asian food more and more recently. One of my favorite Chinese food takeout menu items used to Mongolian beef, but even as a kid, I remember thinking how sweet it was from all the brown sugar.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef Recipe

Well, as someone who likes to keep her sugar intake low these days, I decided to make a Whole30 version of Mongolian Beef without any added sugar and it turned out fantastic. The yummy flavor comes from coconut aminos, which has a natural sweet taste especially when cooked down like it’s done in this recipe.

The garlic ginger sauce is so dang delicious, and it only take 20 minutes from start to finish! Definitely my kind of meal on busy weeknights.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

Keeping It Low Carb

This Whole30 Mongolian Beef is fantastic on its own, but if you want a delicious side that goes well with it, serve it with some cauliflower rice! This keeps it low carb, keto, AIP, and Whole30-compliant. If you are fine with eating real rice, then you do you, boo! There’s no wrong way to eat anything and we just gotta do what feels right for our body.

AIP Option

This recipe is really easy to adjust to make it AIP compliant. All you have to do is omit the crushed red pepper during cooking, as well as the sesame oil and sesame seeds added in at the end. It’ll still turn out delicious because the sauce is what makes this dish! It’s hard to beat the combination of coconut aminos, garlic, and ginger.

I hope you enjoy this Whole30 Mongolian Beef, that comes together quickly and easily. Let me know how yours turns out and comment below! I love getting your feedback on my recipes so I can keep improving and creating dishes that you love.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

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Whole30 Mongolian Beef (Paleo, Keto, AIP Option)

This easy Keto and Whole30 Mongolian Beef is so much healthier and tastier than takeout and it only takes 20 minutes to make, with an AIP option!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 318kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak sliced against the grain into thin, bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or ghee
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper omit for AIP or if you don't want spicy
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame oil omit for AIP
  • Toasted same seeds, for garnish omit for AIP

Instructions

  • Season the beef with salt, then toss together.
  •  Sprinkle with tapioca starch then toss until evenly covered.
  • Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Working in batches, drop the beef in the oil a few at a time so the pieces aren't touching each other. Fry until dark and crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. 
  • Remove from the skillet and set aside. Drain the oil from the skillet but leave about 1 tablespoon.
  • Add garlic, ginger, and crushed red peppers, if using, into the same skillet.
  • Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add coconut aminos, water, and fish sauce, and stir to combine. 
  • Add the fried beef, and let it simmer for 3 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
  • Stir in green onions and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. 
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving with cauliflower rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 927mg | Potassium: 415mg | Vitamin A: 2.7% | Vitamin C: 2.5% | Calcium: 3.4% | Iron: 10.5%

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