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Paleo Curry Chicken

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for about 2 months and I really think I nailed it this time.  It turned out just perfect!

This dish is very easy to make and  requires little to no kitchen skills. If you know how to chop vegetables, stir and throw everything in a casserole dish, you’ve landed on the right recipe.

Because I used coconut oil and coconut milk in this recipe I thought it would be appropriate to throw in a little fact and fiction about coconuts and its oils.

Coconuts and their oils are SUPERFOODS.

The greatest misconception of all time is that because coconut contains saturated fat, is bad for you.   People fear saturated fat and think they should avoid it like the plague.  I don’t think we should “overdo” saturated fat but I think we should avoid trans fats before saturated fats.

We need fat.  We can’t exist without it.  It’s used as energy. Coconut oils has been shown to be immune-enhancing,  it also has antiviral and antimicrobial effects and is a good source of omega 3.   There are a lot of reasons why we need fat, good sources of fat.



2 skinless,boneless organic chicken breast

4 slices of bacon (nitrate free)

20 shrimp raw (can me omitted, add and extra chicken breast instead)

5 carrots (peeled and chopped)

1 head of cauliflower (chopped)

2 cups of cubed sweet potatoes.

1 med. sweet onion(sliced)

2-3 garlic gloves (minced)

2 tbsp of ginger (minced)

1 can coconut milk

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp curry

1 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

Garnish with shredded unsweetened coconut.


Fry bacon until crisp and dice.

In a separate frying pan, fry onions, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil untill onions are translucent, 5-8 mins on med-high.  Add spices, stir, then add coconut milk and bring to a light boil for 2-5 m ins. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pre heat oven at 375

Cube chicken and place in an oven safe casserole dish, peel, devein and rinse shrimp , add to casserole dish.  Add all vegetables and spread evenly.  Pour sauce over everything, sprinkle bacon over everything and bake for 40-50 mins.  Remove halfway to stir.


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Fancypants - 10. Feb, 2011 -

Where do you get nitrite-free bacon?

Francine Lariviere - 01. Mar, 2011 -

This recipe is great Josee…thank you so much. I find it’s even better the next day for lunch, the flavours intensify..keep your awesome recipes coming they are delicious!

richard - 17. Mar, 2011 -

Nice dish but why skin free. Needs more animal fat

Josee - 20. Mar, 2011 -

I agree with you…This chicken was packaged without the skin…But fat from a healthy animal is definitely GOOD fat. Healthy animal: Organic, free range, grass fed…….

In House Web Solutions - 19. Aug, 2011 -

I have a spin on this recipe that is pretty awesome!

Basically I add some crushed ginger and some cucumber as well. Not to mention the cayenne pepper :-)

jbm - 21. Jan, 2012 -

I love all of your recipes and get so excited to try them. Trying this for lunch today.

jbm - 21. Jan, 2012 -

Oh and you can get nitrate free beef bacon(I don’t eat pig products) from Trader Joe’s!

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Thatsjustleachy - 15. May, 2012 -

Wow! Our Whole family is loving this Paleo lifestyle thanks to you. Bacon makes everything better, but we added a little cayenne and poured it over riced cauliflower. Our two boys, 9&6 were sweating, but asked for more! Thanks for a great recipe. We will definitely add the shrimp next time.

Stephanie - 06. Jun, 2013 -

I was wondering, when you say “curry” in this recipe, do you mean curry powder or curry paste? I’m excited to try it!

Josee - 07. Jun, 2013 -

Curry powder- sorry I should specify

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