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!
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.
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.
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
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
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and warm up the waffle maker. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
- Cut the chicken breasts into 1″ thick pieces lengthwise. Mix the almond flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl.
- Dip the chicken breasts into the beaten egg and then into the almond flour mixture. Place on the baking sheet.
- 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.
- While the chicken is baking, whisk the egg whites together with the coconut flour, cinnamon, and Stevia.
- Pour mixture evenly into the waffle maker. Cook until golden brown and fully cooked through.
- Place the waffle on to the bowl, top with chicken, bananas, and syrup.
- Eat up honey buns!
What’s your favorite way to make your favorite indulgences healthy? Tell me in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,