Paleo, Gluten-Free, Low Carb Chicken n’ Waffles!

No your eyes have not deceived you. I have deviously come up with a recipe for Chicken n’ Waffles that is low carb, high protein, paleo, gluten-free, and super yummy!

Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten Free Chicken n Waffles

One of the best things about chicken n’ waffles? It’s salty meets sweet, breakfast meets dinner, crispy meets soft, the list goes on. It satisfies a plethora of cravings. However, this high-sugar, high-fat, high-calorie dish falls short in the health category. I was inspired to make a healthier version after my week-long trip in Pinehearst and Charlotte, North Carolina where the options for fried chicken and sweets are endless. Needless to say, I took full advantage of being on vacay and ate to my hearts desire. Sometimes that meant ordering a fresh, green salad with salmon. Other times that meant Red Velvet ice cream mixed with pecans and dark chocolate chips. You get the idea.

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But now it’s back to reality and back to my normal eating habits. Which I’m always really happy about. It’s always fun to indulge for a couple of days. But, my stomach, energy levels, and body composition are much happier when I’m enjoying clean, whole foods.

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I used almond meal and egg to create the famous crunchy chicken crust and coconut flour to create the fluffy waffle. I added banana to give it an original touch and cinnamon to spice it up a little! Don’t knock it ’til you try it. They tasted amazing! And waffles aren’t waffles without maple syrup. I used Walden Farms zero calorie pancake syrup. I know, I know, artificial sweetners aren’t the best choice, but I choose my battles wisely. And no, sugar free syrup is not paleo. To make this recipe 100% paleo, use 100% pure maple syrup.

Paleo, Gluten-Free Chicken n’ Waffles

Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten Free Chicken n Waffles

Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten Free Chicken n Waffles


12 ounces chicken breast

1 cup almond meal flour

1 egg beaten

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp pepper

Pinch of sea salt

2 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 cup egg whites

Cinnamon to taste

Stevia to taste

1/2 banana sliced

Walden Farms Zero Calorie Pancake Syrup or 100% pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and warm up the waffle maker. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1″ thick pieces lengthwise. Mix the almond flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Dip the chicken breasts into the beaten egg and then into the almond flour mixture. Place on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. I like to put the oven on broil at the very end for 3 to 4 minutes to crisp up the chicken.
  5. While the chicken is baking, whisk the egg whites together with the coconut flour, cinnamon, and Stevia.
  6. Pour mixture evenly into the waffle maker. Cook until golden brown and fully cooked through.
  7. Place the waffle on to the bowl, top with chicken, bananas, and syrup.
  8. Eat up honey buns!

Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten Free Chicken n Waffles

What’s your favorite way to make your favorite indulgences healthy? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,



Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
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  2. Yum! Love chicken n’ waffles. So good!

  3. Oooo! Yummy! I didn’t know chicken and waffles paleo style was even possible!

    1. Nothing a little creativity can’t accomplish! πŸ˜‰

  4. Oh yum yum! My hubs and son will love this. I pinned for later.

  5. Now I can fix chicken and waffles for my gluten free friends. Win win for everyone.

  6. What an easy to read and understand recipe this is! I usually love my waffles with lots of syrup and blueberries, but I know some friends who would love this!

    1. Mmm that sounds delicious too! πŸ™‚

  7. That looks amazing!!

    1. Thanks Paige! πŸ™‚

  8. I didn’t think you could put “paleo, glutton-free” waffles & chicken in the same sentence, but you did! And wow, does it ever look tasty!

    1. I’m a magician πŸ˜‰ haha.

  9. Get in my belly! This looks so darn good!

  10. I recently turned to Paleo diet and this is so helpful. I am going to make the waffle this weekend

    Debs x
    Elegantly Fashionable

    1. How did it turn out Debs?

  11. Yay! A way to enjoy this with a lot less guilt. This is something I have got to make!

  12. Florida born and raised. Soul food runs through my veins. But I’ve never eaten chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits. One of these days I’m going to have to try it.

    1. Ok as a Californian, It’s reasonable I hadn’t tried it. But you?! Get on the train sista πŸ˜‰ haha

  13. I don’t know I would have believed there could be a healthy chicken n’ Waffles recipe! You did it :). Great option to serve!

    1. Hehe thanks Angie πŸ™‚

  14. I have to share with my paleo/gluten free friends. This looks amazing!

    1. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  15. I’m a chicken & waffles lover, and this looks delicious!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  16. I love chicken and waffles and these are carb FREE!

  17. Would you believe I have never had chicken and waffles? This version is so perfect for low carbers like me.

    1. What??!! Well now you have no excuse not to πŸ˜‰

  18. I know some gluten-free friends who would love this!

    1. Awesome! Spread the word πŸ™‚

  19. I never know if this is a breakfast food or dinner. We solve the problem by eating it anytime

    1. Haha exactly! πŸ˜‰

  20. I did not know this was a thing! Where there is a will there’s a way, I will be trying this out in the upcoming week. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s sooo yummy!!! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  21. Well this look absolutely friggin’ delicious and um… I ADORE that Walden Farms syrup!

    1. It’s so good and it’s the only sugar free syrup that doesn’t upset my stomach!

  22. We LOVE paleo chicken and waffles. I like to make both the chicken and the waffles in big batches to freeze. Then it just takes defrosting and a few minutes to heat up and dinner is ready πŸ™‚

    1. Oooo I love that idea!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  23. Wowzers! I love me my duck and waffles. I love how you made it so unique. Never thought of using bananas. I have to try it your way next time.

    Kat |

    1. Thanks Kat! πŸ™‚ tell me if you like it!

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