Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paleo Fried Chicken with Cauliflower Fried Rice

Prepare to enjoy the most succulent fried chicken you've ever had!  The coating yields a light yet crunchy texture with each bite, and using bone-in chicken produces moist and delicious meat.  Enjoy!

Here's what you'll need (for 3-4 servings):

1/2 c. cassava flour (I use Otto's Naturals)
1 t. black pepper
1 t. garlic powder
2 eggs, beaten
6 pieces, organic chicken thighs (bone in and skin)
1 t. avocado oil
4 t. ghee, divided
2 organic bell peppers, diced (I used one orange and one red pepper)
1 t. 21 seasonings
1 package frozen organic riced cauliflower (I use Trader Joe's)
1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped

1.  Prepare baking sheet
-Cover a baking sheet with foil
-Coat baking rack with avocado oil
-Set sheet aside

2.  Combine cassava flour, black pepper and garlic powder

3.  Coat chicken in egg and flour
-Working with one piece at a time, place one chicken thigh in the beaten egg mixture, making sure to completely coat
-Then, dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, so both sides are evenly coated
-Set coated chicken aside on parchment paper (sprinkle each piece with additional black pepper, if desired)

3.  Sear chicken thighs  
-Pre-heat saute pan on med-high heat for 3 minutes
-Add avocado oil and heat for another minute
-Add chicken to pan and cook for 2 minutes, then turn and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
-Remove from saute pan and place on prepared baking sheet

4.  Bake chicken
-Place in a pre-heated oven set at 425 degrees
-Bake for a total of 45 minutes, turning once after 25 minutes has passed.

5.  Make cauliflower rice
-Pre-heat saute pan on med-high heat
-Add 1 t. of ghee to melt
-Add chopped bell peppers and 21 seasonings and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally
-Remove from pan and set aside
-Add 1 T. of ghee to pan to melt
-Add frozen cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally
-Add cooked bell peppers back to pan and add rosemary and stir to combine

Bon Appetit!
-Chef Ed

Here's the dish in process:

Coating the chicken

All coated and ready for cooking

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