Like many Paleo/Primal eaters, I love coconut.
It’s delicious, nutritious, and incredibly versatile– between coconut milk, shredded coconut, and coconut oil, you can do pretty much anything (and there’s even a Primal cookbook devoted to coconut!). Â I also love almond in all of its forms: Â almond butter, almond meal, almond slivers, raw almonds. Â While there are countless ways to combine these two super-foods, I decided to make chicken breast coated with shredded coconut, chopped almonds, and cinnamon.
Since I started eating Paleo/Primal over a year ago, I stopped eating “breaded” chicken (until today)– in my 19 years of the Standard American Diet, however, I used to eat chicken breaded in everything from bread crumbs to corn flakes to potato chips. Â This coconut-almond recipe proves that you don’t need unhealthy foods to make a “breading”– actually, I think this tastes better than any of those Standard American Diet chicken recipes!
-1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
-1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
-Cinnamon (and/or any other spice)
1. Â Preheat oven to 400Â°.
2. Â Mix together coconut, almonds, and cinnamon in a bowl. Â Pour coconut milk into a separate bowl.
3. Â Dip chicken breast in coconut milk and roll in coconut/almond/cinnamon mixture and place on pan. Â (I found it easiest to pour the mixture onto a flat surface, such as a plate, to do this step, but you can do it in the bowl too.)
4. Â Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
Many people become bored while eating Paleo/Primal because they believe there’s not a lot of food choices.
However, combining Paleo/Primal foods to make things like “breading” can spice up your meals– modifying this recipe can also get you simply coconut chicken, almond chicken, or cinnamon-rubbed chicken.
Change up the protein to shrimp or salmon, or change the almonds to walnuts or pecans.
No matter how you decide to combine or substitute the ingredients, you’ll find yourself with a meal that’s 100% real and 100% delicious.