Welcome to my Whole 30 baked paprika whole chicken and sweet potatoes. With a smokey paprika flavour and good fats base this is a dream come true for someone on the Whole 30 or Paleo diet.
When I was growing up diet food was rather disgusting. It was the 90’s and even though the diet industry had taken off there was never the choice that there is today. You had weird looking things with egg in, huge pans of low calorie soup, even bigger pans of porridge and the list went on and on.
The food never excited you and that is what I have wanted with the Whole 30.
There are also a huge amount of kids out there that don’t eat vegetables and this is the chance to get them in the mood and get them excited about them.
And this is the reason for this recipe. You can take something like sweet potato and onion (which most kids hate) and cook it with a whole chicken. Loads of delicious homemade flavours and your kids will love you even more for putting this on their dinner plate.
Instead of giving your kids chicken nuggets for dinner serve them this instead. It is also easy to make. You sauté the onion and garlic first. Then you remove it and crisp up the skin of the chicken on the hob.
Take it out, add the onions back, throw in the sweet potatoes and then chicken is added on top. It is then followed up with some chicken stock. Then it does the work itself in the oven for you and you end up with the most crispy chicken along with juicy sweet potatoes. And the flavour is truly amazing.
Also because you cook it in your Dutch Oven it stops the chicken from drying out and makes it taste even better.
You could also add more vegetables to the recipe or do it with beef or pork. Either way you do it you will forget that this could possibly be whole 30 compliant as it is out of this world in the delicious stakes!
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Peel and dice your onion. Peel and grate your garlic cloves. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of your Dutch Oven along with your olive oil and sauté for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat until the onions have softened.
Remove the onion from the Dutch Oven and put to one side.
Place the coconut oil in the bottom of the Dutch Oven along with ½ the paprika. Mix well and then place the chicken in upside down and brown the skin. Turn it over and then brown the other side. This should take 3 minutes on each side.
Remove the chicken and put to one side.
Return the onions back to the pot and add the sweet potato. Season well with salt and pepper and add some cumin and coriander to enhance the flavour. Mix well so that the potatoes are well covered.
Place the chicken on top.
Pour over the chicken and into the bottom the chicken stock.
Rub an extra teaspoons worth of paprika into the skin of your chicken.
Place the lid on the Dutch Oven and cook on a 200c heat for 45 minutes.
When I make chicken stock what I do is I mix boiling water with my favourite dried or fresh herbs. Then mix it in and throw it in. It’s the easiest way to make a Whole 30 compliant stock. For this recipe I just added a handful of fresh thyme, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
Whole 30 Day 11
I am back with my day 11 on the Whole 30. The thing I want to discuss today is time spent in the kitchen. That association that if you are going to follow Whole 30 or Paleo that you need to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. Because really you DON’T.
I even watched a diet show once where she got out of bed at 5am just in order to cook healthy. I don’t get why she needed to.
For us (well prior to this round of Whole 30) we were partly Paleo anyway. We would always cook fresh for lunch or dinner, so to then have a quick omelette for breakfast was not a big deal.
In order to use your time efficiently what you need to do is plan and keep preparation time to a minimum.
You can get amazing packs of pre chopped vegetables from the supermarket, its really quick to make homemade burgers for the Airfryer and pulled pork needs very little preparation to make it happen. You don’t need to spend an hour cooking each meal for it to be amazing.
Quick & Easy Meal Ideas For The Whole 30
For classic recipes for the Whole 30 Challenge I would recommend starting with:
- Boiled Eggs & Cucumber Soldiers
- Baked Whole Chicken & Potatoes
- Chicken & Avocado Salad
These are just ideas for one day. Total preparation for these would be 15 minutes. And then dinner would be made from leftover chicken from lunchtime. Plus it shows that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to cook great Whole 30 friendly food.
What I ATE On Day ELEVEN Of The Whole 30
Today has been one of those days when I have craved sugar all day, Dominic has been the same and that is all he has talked about all day. So what did I do with sugar cravings? Well I binged between breakfast and lunch on a fruit salad. It was really good and included loads of fresh fruit just bought from the supermarket.
Hopefully the cravings will stay away for a little while….
Breakfast = Pepper Omelette
Lunch = Pork Salad
Dinner = Paprika Chicken
For breakfast today we start with a pepper omelette. I normally have some exercise before breakfast but its horrible weather and won’t stop raining this morning, so its off the agenda.
Then for lunch we have a pork salad. Some leftover pork in the Airfryer with a quick salad.
In the evening for dinner we have paprika chicken. A must have for during the Whole 30. Served with sweet potatoes it shouts out “food porn” without it being unhealthy or feeling like you are deprived.
Now how about joining me in your own Whole 30? Join me in the whole 30 diet challenge and have 30 full days of delicious home cooked meals. Get better, get rid of the health problems associated with a bad diet and fall in love with food all over again.