Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken (Paleo)

Sometimes, you just need a rich, hearty meal to end a long day. Whether it was a rough day at work, or a long day of adulting, comfort food is named that for the exact reason… to comfort us.

If you looked up comfort in the dictionary, Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken would pop up.

This recipe comes together really quickly, involves bacon, leeks, and mushrooms (um, hello delicious combo!) and uses full fat coconut milk to give it a creamy, sinful feeling. This meal is definitely higher in fat content, and extremely rich, so I like to put it over cauliflower rice, and serve it with a veggie with some sort of acid, like lemon-garlic green beans.

Also, why are chicken thighs SO much better than chicken breasts?

I actually pretty wholeheartedly dislike chicken breasts. I think they always dry out, they have no flavor, and they’re just a “meh” type protein. I discovered chicken thighs when I was looking for a cheaper protein and after my first taste, I was hooked. I had always liked the dark meat from poultry better anyway, but I didn’t realize that its near to impossible to mess up chicken thighs. You can accidentally cook the living shit out of them, and somehow, they still maintain their moistness. They are higher in fat than their ugly cousin, the chicken breast, but pound for pound at the end of the day, you’re only upping your caloric intake slightly (if that’s something you’re worried about.)

P.S. Counting calories is so last season!

I haven’t counted calories in well over a year, though I still find myself sometimes checking (after I’ve eaten a whole bag of something) what “damage” I did. From such a young age, as a woman, we’re told that skinny is beautiful and in order to be skinny you should basically starve yourself. Even with counting calories most of my life, I never really got to a weight that I felt comfortable in. My initial Crohn’s Disease flare had dropped my weight by 30 lbs in a month. But even as I gained back to a healthy weight, I never went back to counting calories, and guess what… I’ve maintained a healthy, happy weight the entire time. There’s something to be said about the notion that “not all calories are created equal.” I believe it with all of my soul, and hope that as women, we can come to the agreement that our goal should be always to nourish ourselves, move more, and find happiness that doesn’t involve a scale.

Please follow and like us:
Print Recipe
Creamy Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs (Paleo)
This chicken dish is rich, hearty, and comforting! Comes together in just a few minutes and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! You can make a big batch and share it at a dinner party.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove from pan to cool.
  2. In same pan with bacon grease, cook the chicken thighs until done, about 6 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add leeks and mushrooms to the same pan and cook until tender. I like my leeks to be a little browned.
  4. Pour in coconut milk, and add the bacon and chicken back to the pan.
  5. Stir in dijon mustard and maple syrup and stir the entire pan to combine.
  6. Let simmer 8-10 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, greens, or just alone on a plate. Pair with a veggie topped with a squeeze of lemon to counteract the richness with some acid.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Pinterest
GOOGLE
http://chronicallycallie.com/recipe/creamy-maple-dijon-chicken-paleo">
Follow by Email
RSS