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Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

This Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes recipe is full of flavor and can be made in the Instant Pot or the Stovetop! It’s a yummy twist on a classic comfort food.

Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes over baked potatoes

These Korean sloppy joes combine my love for the classic comfort food with the Korean flavors I grew up on. I love making it because not only is it a fun way to enjoy a crowd favorite dish, it’s a healthy sloppy joe recipe that even kids will love. Plus, it’s a great weeknight meal because it’s so easy and quick!

Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes Recipe

These Whole30 sloppy joes are low in sugar, because instead of using a high amount of ketchup like in traditional sloppy joes, it uses coconut aminos for that naturally sweet but umami Asian flavor. The sauce is thickened with a small amount of starch at the end, and the result is so addicting and tastes like bulgogi if you are familiar with Korean food!

Plus, depending on your preference you can make these Korean sloppy joes in the Instant Pot or the stove top. Both methods are easy and yield the same delicious result!

how to make sloppy joes in the instant pot
korean sloppy joes served over baked potato

How to Make Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot

While it’s way more common to cook on the stove top, making this healthy sloppy joe recipe in the Instant Pot is way less hands-on. The cooking times for both methods are comparable, but with the Instant Pot, you don’t have to stand over the meat while it’s cooking with the sauce.

You simply sauté the beef with the vegetables, stir in the sauce, and let the Instant Pot simmer everything together. No splatter of the sauce and no stirring needed. You just need a bit of extra time at the end to thicken the sauce, and these Whole30 sloppy joes are done with minimal effort.

healthy sloppy Joe recipe in the Instant Pot

Ways to Serve These Korean Sloppy Joes

I like to make a double batch of these Whole30 sloppy joes and eat them in a variety of ways, because I never get sick of them. Here are some of my favorite ways I enjoy them:

  • stuffed in baked potatoes or sweet potatoes (pictured)
  • between sliced sweet potato “buns”
  • in lettuce wraps
  • alone, with a side of veggies or salad
  • in gluten free buns (not Whole30)
  • over cooked spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles
  • alongside plantain chips to dip with
  • over cauliflower rice
  • over mashed potatoes

The possibilities are endless with this delicious and healthy sloppy joe recipe with an addicting Korean twist. Whether you make it in the Instant Pot or on the stove top, it’s a quick and easy recipe that the whole family will love on those busy weeknights!

Whole30 sloppy Joes recipe with a Korean twist

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Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Korean
Keyword asian sloppy joes, easy weeknight meals, how to make sloppy joes in the instant pot, instant pot sloppy joes, kid friendly recipes, weeknight meals instant pot, whole30 instant pot recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressure Building/Release Time (Instant Pot Method) 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 327kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger minced
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 green onions sliced, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Sauce

  • 1/4 pear cored and roughly chopped (or use 1/2 if you like sweeter sloppy joes)
  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or beef broth or water
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free ketchup or sub with gochujang (you can find a paleo version in Korean Paleo!)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes or red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Instant Pot Method

  • Turn on the Instant Pot and press Saute. When it indicates that it's "Hot," add avocado oil.
  • Add ground beef and onion, and cook while breaking up the meat until it's no longer pink, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Hit Cancel, then put on an oven mitt to carefully remove the pot to drain the excess fat. I poured it over a colander then placed the meat back in the pot.
  • Return the pot to the Instant Pot and stir in the sauce.
  • Cover with lid and set the pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on HIGH for 6 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before opening the lid.
  • Place the Instant Pot back on Saute and stir in arrowroot starch.
  • Let it simmer and thicken for 5 more minutes, then remove from heat. Taste, then add more salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Stove Top Method

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef and onion, and cook while breaking up the meat until it's no longer pink, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Drain the excess fat into the sink over a colander.
  • Add the sauce and stir together well. Continue to stir while cooking for 6-7 minutes and the sauce is reduced.
  • If there's too much liquid, stir in arrowroot starch and simmer for up to 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Taste, then add more salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 5 | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1242mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 3.7% | Calcium: 2.4% | Iron: 20.7%
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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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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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