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Friday, February 16, 2018

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Most of the time I'm about Paleo and Whole30 cooking...I do have my occasional special occasions.  I would say I'm around 80-85% Paleo / Whole30  depending on the meal plan that week.

However, when I am eating Paleo I've noticed that with most of this style of cooking -- you have to keep switching it up to keep it fresh or your palette gets bored. Sometimes you just crave some of your old favorites from college.

Remember those undergraduate days when you could eat an entire bag of Oreos and have not a single ill effect. Hell, I didn't even gain weight. *sigh*

Although that might explain the leaky gut that I've had for decades.

Moving on.

One of my favorite remix recipes (remix because it's a college or junk food favorite but compliant) and #leohusband loves it too, is Paleo Buffalo Chicken Thighs.  I broil them so they are much healthier than fried, and I use ghee so you get that nice 'almost' butter feeling.

Thighs have more meat than chicken wings, so you get more protein.  If you get the bone in kind, then you have bones for bone broth later #winning

Buffalo Chicken Thighs
Paleo  •  Whole30* •  Gluten Free  •  Refined Sugar-Free

Ingredients:
A package of bone-in, chicken thighs, about 10 -- 12
2t of smoked paprika
2t of regular paprika
1/2t of cayenne pepper
4T of Louisiana Hot Sauce or another Paleo or Whole30 Compliant Hot Sauce
4T of Melted Ghee
1/2t salt

Supplies:
Measuring Spoons or Digital Scale
Small Bowl
Basting Brush
Broiler Pan
Cutting Board
Paper Towels

Do it!
Make sure your oven rack is in place so the meat is about 4 inches from the flame.  Pre-Heat your broiler. (Most ovens just have a "broil" setting).

While the oven is preheating, rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.  Lay chicken skin side down on cutting board.

Mix the spices in a bowl.  Reserve 1/2 the mixture.

Brush ingredients over the bottom side of chicken. Place on greased broiler pan skin side down.  Broil for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven, flip the chicken skin side up and brush chicken with the remainder of sauce.  Broil the top 8 -- 10 minutes.
Serve with Primal Kitchen's Ranch Dressing or if you are doing the Whole30...eat it plain, because it's delicious!

I threw in some quickly cut sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil and sea salt on the bottom rack as a side but carrot fries and Brussels sprouts chips would work well too.

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