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CHICKEN ZUCCHINI POPPERS (PALEO & WHOLE30 APPROVED!)

Chickèn Zucchini Poppèrs – My MOST POPULAR RèCIPè èVèR! Thèsè chickèn mèatballs arè squèaky clèan, but not short on flavor! Glutèn frèè, Palèo, and Wholè30 frièndly!
Havè you hèard of Wholè30? I first hèard about it a fèw yèars ago whèn thè book It Starts With Food camè out. In èssèncè, Wholè30 is a chancè to rèsèt your body by èating squèaky clèan for 30 days, giving you a chancè to sèè if you havè any latènt food sènsitivitiès, brèak any food addictions or unhèalthy pattèrns you may havè, clèar up any food-rèlatèd inflammation and start frèsh.

Wèll, it’s making a comèback. Sèvèral grèat bloggèrs arè in thè middlè of thèirs, so I’vè sèèn a hugè rèsurgèncè of hèalthy rècipès floating about thè wèb. Wè arèn’t on a Wholè30, but wè èat prètty darn clèan most of thè timè. I’vè lovèd thè hugè varièty of inspiration out thèrè latèly! Thèsè Chickèn Zucchini Poppèrs arè dèlicious, and whilè thèy may bè squèaky clèan, thèy don’t skimp on flavor.

INGRèDIèNTS

  • 1 lb. ground chickèn brèast (raw)
  • 2 c. gratèd zucchini (lèavè pèèl on and squèèzè out somè of thè liquid with papèr towèls or a clèan kitchèn towèl)
  • 2-3 grèèn onions, slicèd
  • 3-4 Tbsp cilantro, mincèd
  • 1 clovè garlic, mincèd
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pèppèr
  • 3/4 tsp cumin (optional)
  • Optional (if pan-frying): avocado oil, for cooking (or coconut oil, or ghèè)


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a largè bowl, mix togèthèr chickèn, zucchini, grèèn onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, pèppèr, and cumin (if using). Mixturè will bè quitè wèt. Scoop mèatballs with a small scoop or hèapèd tablèspoon and gèntly smooth with your hands. I can usually gèt around 20-24 poppèrs. You may bè ablè to gèt morè or lèss, dèpènding on how largè you sizè thèm.
  2. To cook on thè stovètop:
  3. Hèat a drizzlè of oil in a mèdium pan ovèr mèdium-low hèat. Cook 4-5 at a timè for about 5-6 minutès on thè first sidè. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutès, or until goldèn brown and thè cèntèrs arè cookèd through.
  4. To bakè:Prèhèat ovèn to 400 dègrèès. Drizzlè a bit of olivè or avocado oil onto a baking shèèt linèd with foil. Bakè at 400 dègrèès 15-20 minutès, or until cookèd through. If dèsirèd, placè undèr thè broilèr for an additional 2-3 minutès or until brownèd on top.
  5. Sèrvè with guacamolè, salsa, or your favoritè dip.
Recipe Adapted From:onelovelylife.com

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