5 Quick & Easy Paleo Meals

Staying true to a Paleo diet can sometimes be tough during the work week. We love to take Sunday to cook meals for the whole week, it’s our ‘meal prep day’. Thankfully, these five simple recipes make it easy to get dinner on the table in under an hour. Best of all, they all feature chicken breasts that can be purchased in bulk, prepped, and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

 

#1: Simple Chicken Verde Taco Boats

paleo chicken verde tacos

Lay the chicken breasts flat onto a cutting board. Using a Jaccard meat tenderizer, pound the breasts as flat as possible and season each one with cumin. Marinate the chicken in the salsa verde for as little as an hour or up to five days.

Heat a cast iron skillet and two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken breasts and cook until done. Shred the chicken and add it to whole romaine lettuce leaves to create a healthier taco shell. Serve with your favorite taco toppings or as part of a taco salad.

 

#2: Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

paleo mediterranean chicken

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Jar of Artichoke Hearts in Oil
  • Kalamata Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Ghee or Your Favorite Oil
  • Feta Cheese Crumbles*

Cut the chicken breasts into small chunks and season with salt and pepper. At this point, you can place the seasoned chicken into the refrigerator until you’re ready. In a separate container, mix the chopped artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and two tablespoons of oil together.

Heat one tablespoon of oil into a frying pan and add the meat. Cook until the juices run clear and then add the lemon juice and the artichoke heart mixture to the pan. Stir thoroughly until the mixture is warmed. Top with feta cheese crumbles to serve.

*While feta cheese isn’t included in the strict paleo diet, some exceptions can be made. It’s up to you to decide to add cheese or not, depending on your personal dietary restrictions and choices.

 

#3: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenderloins

paleo bacon wrapped chicken

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut Into Tenderloins
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • Half Pound of Your Favorite Bacon (Pork or Turkey)

These tenderloins are especially great because they can be prepped ahead of time and stored until needed for a weeknight dinner. Plus, they are simple enough that the whole family will love them and they reheat really well.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lay the tenderloins out on a cutting board and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cut the strips of bacon and carefully wrap around the tenderloins. Secure with toothpicks and place on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake for thirty minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Serve with a side salad or mashed cauliflower.

As an alternative, consider using your favorite Paleo-friendly seasoning or brushing with Guy’s Award Winning Sugar Free Spicy BBQ Sauce, during the last five minutes of cooking.

 

#4: Perfect Pesto Chicken

paleo pesto chicken

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 4 Tablespoons Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Place the chicken breasts on a sturdy cutting board and tenderize with a meat tenderizer or a mallet until a quarter inch thick. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Add the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil together. Mix well in the food processor to create the pesto spread. Store the chicken and pesto in separate containers in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a greased baking dish, add the chicken breasts and top generously with the pesto. Bake for thirty-five minutes or until the chicken is completely done in the center. Serve with sautéed zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, if desired.

 

#5: Chicken with Creamy White Wine Sauce

paleo chicken in creamy white wine sauce

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Ghee or Your Favorite Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 4 Tablespoons Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Minced White Onion
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream or Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add oil to the pan and cook the chicken until completely done in the center. Set the meat aside, leaving the pan drippings. Add the white wine, onions, and garlic to the pan and cook on medium heat until the wine has reduced. Add in your choice of either heavy cream or unsweetened coconut milk and stir constantly until the entire mixture has thickened. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with riced cauliflower or steamed vegetables for a hearty meal.

Sticking to a paleo diet just takes a little prep, and the benefits of eating a low-sugar and low-carb diet are numerous. We hope you enjoy these recipes, and feel free to share your suggestions and tweaks! We love to trade cooking tips. ~Enjoy!