So, you thought you had to give up Italian food on The Wild Diet? Think again. This classic Italian dish is so rich and full of flavor that you’ll never want to go back to a boring old plate of spaghetti and bread again.
Chicken Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite dinners. In fact, it’s usually my birthday dinner paired with a good quality glass of dry red wine, and maybe a bit of Alyson’s cheesecake for dessert.
But this Chicken Parmesan is a far cry from what you might order at your local (or big chain) Italian restaurant. The “classic” recipe is coated in white flour and breadcrumbs, and then fried in processed industrial oils. Then it’s drenched in sugary jarred tomato sauce and served atop a bed of noodles.
Classic-style Chicken Parmesan is a carbohydrate disaster. This recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, nutritious and delicious.
Plus, it can be made Paleo and dairy-free by skipping the mozzarella topping, or nut-free by switching out the almond flour for finely-grated good quality parmesan cheese or coconut flour.
- 3 eggs (pasture raised)
- ¾ cup almond flour (you can also use coconut flour)
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 boneless, skinless pasture-raised chicken thighs
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, plus more as needed
- 1 jar organic tomato sauce (with no sugar added)*
- 8 slices grass-fed mozzarella cheese or Kerrygold cheddar (optional)
- Mixed greens (organic)
- Organic extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl until frothy. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt.
- Dip the chicken thighs into the eggs, then dredge them in the almond flour mixture.
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
- Place the chicken thighs in the skillet and cook until golden brown and the juices run clear, about 3 minutes on each side. Cook in batches, if needed, and add more fat to the pan as needed.
- Fill an oven-safe skillet (or 9x13-inch baking dish) halfway with the tomato sauce and place the chicken thighs in the sauce, cover with a lid or foil, and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Uncover and top each piece of chicken with a slice of cheese (if using). Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes more.
- Serve topped with fresh chopped basil (optional), and a side salad of mixed greens drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. More salad topping ideas: Cherry tomatoes, parmesan or feta cheese, macadamia nut pieces, candied pecans, or red pepper flakes. Have fun with it!
We usually make extra of this recipe so we have enough for leftovers.
*If you want to make your own tomato sauce, here’s a tasty recipe we recommend:
Homemade Tomato Sauce
- 1 small onion (organic)
- 3 organic garlic cloves
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 1⁄2 pounds organic tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Sea salt
1. Peel and dice the onion and mince the garlic cloves. Finely chop the fresh basil leaves. Set aside.
2. Bring a large stockpot half-full of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
3. Working in batches, cut an “x” on the top of each tomato and drop in the boiling water for 10 seconds. Remove the tomatoes and plunge them immediately into the ice water. Slip the skin off each tomato and remove the seeds. Place the skinned tomatoes into a large bowl.
4. Pour the water out of the stockpot and set it over medium heat. Melt the butter in the bottom.
5. Add onion, garlic, and bay leaf and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
6. Add the tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, red pepper, and salt to taste.
7. Simmer on low until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours.
8. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
A Fat-Burning Tribe member made this dish for a luncheon with some very skeptical friends and family—and it was a huge hit!
Once you start leaving the noodles off the plate, you realize that all the flavor is in the other stuff. Ever try eating a plate of plain noodles? Pretty boring.
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