Many of us have had to give up certain foods because of an allergy or an intolerance. With that said, we want to make removing these foods from your diet a lot easier. Enter this Chicken and Sweet Potato Cutlet recipe. This recipe is a traditional Pakistani dish gone paleo! Instead of just eliminating recipes because they contain grains and gluten, why not simply modify a recipe to cater to your dietary needs.
This is not your regular meat and potato recipe. We have borrowed this traditional dish and transformed it into a recipe everyone in the family can enjoy. So grab your ingredients and turn on your oven because you’ll want to start making this right now!
This recipe replaces ingredients that would normally cause inflammation with healthier versions. Don’t worry; it is still a delicious recipe even with these modifications!
Sweet Potato > White Potato
This recipe uses white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes. There are many benefits to this substitution including:
- Sweet potatoes have more fiber, Vitamin A and have a lower glycemic index than white potatoes. This means they do not cause blood sugar spikes.
- White potatoes are usually eaten with cheese, sour cream, and/or butter which contain fats and processed food.
- Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6 which can help prevent degenerative diseases like heart attacks.
- Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin C which helps protect us from viruses.
- They are packed with vitamin D which helps our body build healthy bones. Vitamin D is important in raising our energy levels and mood.
- Sweet potatoes are loaded with iron and support a healthy immune system. They also help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.
Almond Flour > Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs are packed with gluten, sugar and other health hazards that can make our stomachs upset. Almond flour is a healthy alternative packed with the following health benefits:
- Almond flour contains protein, monounsaturated fat and less than a gram of saturated fat making almond flour cholesterol free.
- Almond flour is an amazing source of vitamin E which is beneficial in protecting our cells against free radical damage.
- Almond flour contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc which all play a role in bone health.
This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at alinaislam.com.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Cutlet
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Refrigerate: 2-3 hours
- 1 pound skinless, organic bone-in chicken
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 tablespoon green chilies chopped fine
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Coating:
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond or coconut flour
- Add water to two saucepans, and bring both to a boil. Place chicken in one, sweet potatoes in the other.
- Remove from heat when chicken is done (about 15-20 minutes) and sweet potatoes are done (about 10-12 minutes)
- Once cooled, shred the boiled chicken into small pieces. Mash the potato. Mix together in a bowl.
- Add in cilantro, chilies, and spices
- Form 2-inch, round patties
- Leave in fridge to firm (ideally 2-3 hours, but I was impatient and waited 30 minutes)
- Remove from fridge, then dip each side in the egg mixture (just one egg beaten)
- In a separate bowl, coat each cutlet in flour
- Place on a cookie sheet on top of parchment paper. Allow it to freeze.
- When you’re ready to eat, simply take one out and pan-fry it with some ghee or coconut oil.
Tip: once all cutlets are frozen, it is best to store them in a container to keep the taste fresh!
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