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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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Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.

Black Sesame Latte

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a HUGE latte lover. I have several latte recipes on my blog, and a few of my favorites are:

Black Sesame Latte Recipe

There’s something so dang delicious about that creaminess of milk with a yummy flavor, and this black sesame latte is a brand new recent discovery that I just can’t get enough of!

Black sesame seeds have been my favorite since very young growing up in a Korean household. My mom would use them in both sweet and savory recipes. There’s something so amazing about sesame seeds’ nutty and addicting flavor, especially when they are toasted, and I love black sesame seeds more because of their color.

Black Sesame Latte

Black Sesame Latte

Blacks Sesame Paste

To make this black sesame latte, you first have to make black sesame paste which is actually really simple and easy. It’s a similar process to making tahini, but it’s slightly sweetened and thick in texture. It’s usually sweetened with honey, but I decided to use medjool dates instead to make it Whole30-friendly.

Because of the medjool dates, the black sesame latte is slightly sweetened, which I think is the perfect amount. However, if you prefer it to be a bit sweeter, just add your preferred sweetener at the end.

Black Sesame Latte

Perfect for Halloween

Because this black sesame latte is such a fun dark color AND it’s caffeine free, it’s perfect to enjoy with kids and on Halloween. You can even call it witch’s brew or monster’s blood drink and have fun with it!

If you aren’t a fan of hot drinks or if you are reading this in the summer, you can even serve it over ice to enjoy it cold. And if you are totally weirded out by this black sesame latte, just try it out! It’s seriously so so creamy and delicious. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.
Servings 1 serving
Calories 233kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Black Sesame Paste

Black Sesame Latte

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk or any dairy-free milk or your choice
  • 2 tbsp black sesame paste
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed collagen Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off
  • Optional: Additional sweetener of your choice Omit for Whole30

Instructions

  • In a large dry pan over medium heat.
  • Add black sesame seeds and toast stirring for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Remove from the pan and let them cool completely.
  • In a high powered blender, combine sesame seeds and medjool dates.
  • Blend until ground up and gritty.
  • Add sesame oil, then blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  • Heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Combine all ingredients for the latte in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. You can also use an immersion blender.
  • Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add a sweetener of your choice then blend again.
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy!
  • Store unused black sesame paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
  • For iced black sesame latte, pour in a glass over ice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 49.2% | Iron: 7.4%

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Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce

These paleo pan-seared ahi tuna steaks take less than 10 minutes to make, but look and taste so fancy and buttery. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

ahi tuna steaksI believe this is the first time I ever cooked seared tuna steak (not to be confused with canned tuna) at home.  I’ve only eaten it at restaurants and it’s always been a treat for me. The delicious nutty crust with the buttery, raw inside felt like a fancy delicacy only to be enjoyed on occasion. When I saw tuna steaks being sold by my favorite seafood vendor at the farmers market a week ago, I decided to go for it. I figured, if I mess up, I can always make tuna salad.

What I didn’t realize was how quick and easy it is to make a sesame-seed crusted seared tuna from scratch. As long as you have high quality tuna (wild-caught and fresh), it’s really hard to mess up because the flavor is already there, and all you need remember is to not cook it for too long.

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

I’m not sure if I’ll make this all the time because good quality seafood can be expensive, but it’s great knowing that I can whip up dinner in less than 10 minutes if I had to with this recipe. I really love stupid easy and quick meals!

The added bonus is that tuna has great nutritional benefits. It has a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, as well as healthy nutrients like selenium, potassium, iodine, phosphorus, magnesium, and B vitamins to nourish our brains and hearts! Supplementing with omega-3 capsules and vitamins may be beneficial, but I’d rather eat them in their most absorbable and delicious forms rather than swallowing pills all the time. Wouldn’t you?  

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

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Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce

These paleo pan-seared ahi tuna steaks take less than 10 minutes to make, but look and taste so fancy and buttery. Don't forget the dipping sauce!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Seared ahi tuna:

  • 2 ahi tuna steaks about 5 oz each
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup white or black raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp raw sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp maple syrup Omit for Whole30 or RESTART
  • 1/4 tsp Korean red chili powder optional

Instructions

  • Pour sesame seeds on a shallow plate.
  • Pat the tuna steaks dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a teaspoon of dijon mustard for each steak to coat on both sides.
  • Press both sides of each tuna steak in sesame seeds, making sure they are coated evenly.
  • Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Lay one steak in the pan and fry for 1 minute. Flip the steak and cook for additional 1 minute on the other side. Transfer to a cutting board, then repeat the process with the other steak. They should be cooked just on the outside. Make sure you don't overcook them!
  • Cut the tuna steaks in to 1/4-inch slices.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for the dipping sauce and place in a small bowl.
  • Serve tuna with the dipping sauce.

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