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Paleo Chicken Meat..cakes? [RECIPE]

Ughh, after all that Thanksgiving and holiday food, I think I gained a MILLION pounds! Time to throw in a dose of healthy eating and jog a bunch of miles. I’ve cooked Paleo dishes on and off for over 5 years, and when i’m not experimenting in the kitchen, I try to stick to an 85% Paleo Diet.

For those who aren’t familiar with Paleo, the sum-up is: Eat meats, non-starch veggies, nuts, berries, and fruit. Don’t eat grains, cereals, processed foods, legumes, dairy, sugar or artificial sweeteners. It sounds a lot more difficult than it is, but if you have a goal an some will-power, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Preparing food in larger batches helps me quite a bit, and these meat cakes(for lack of a better description) are always in my fridge to grab if I get hungry or don’t feel like cooking. It’s a quick and easy recipe that can be altered or adjusted with different meats and spices to experiment and fit your taste. Let’s cook ’em up!

Chicken Meat.. Cakes?
5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
5 Pieces thick cut Bacon
1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
5 Cloves of Garlic, minced 
1 Egg
1 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbps Fresh Ginger, minced or shredded
1/2 Lemon, zest and juice
1 bunch Green Onions, diced
1 tbsp Red Chile Flakes
1 tsp Green Peppercorns(Black Pepper if you don’t have it)
2 tsp kosher salt

Start by prepping the Onions, Garlic, Ginger and Green Onions.

Sautee the Onions for a few minutes with Oil until they start to brown. Add the Ginger, Garlic, Lemon Zest and Chile Flakes and cook for 4 more minutes on medium heat to soften and incorporate all the flavors.
Cut the Chicken and the Bacon up into smaller pieces and blend in food processor until it resembles Ground Chicken. Even better would be to use a meat grinder. If you don’t have either of these tools, I would buy ground chicken, and dice the bacon up into as small of pieces as possible.

Add the Onion MIx, Green Onions, Salt, Pepper and Egg and Blend until smooth.

Before the next step, I like to make a small patty of the mixture and fry it off in a pan to test the seasoning. When you’re happy with the mix, scoop the mixture into a vegetable oil sprayed or oiled muffin tin. Bake in 350° oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 155º.

Cover the meat cakes with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes to rest and continue cooking.

Enjoy with the condiment of your choice! I like Chile Garlic Sauce or Sriracha. Mmm.

  • JoLee

    Is it best when it is hot or can you snack on it cold? Sounds great!

    • I enjoy them hot or cold. They tend to get a little drier as leftovers, or served cold, so I usually just make sure to have a sauce of some sort handy. This type would go well with some olive oil and lemon juice if nothing else.

    • ScottAtFork

      They’re definitely juicier when served hot, but I nosh on them cold all the time. I just make sure to have some sort of sauce to go along with them, or even toss them into a hot soup!

  • Any recommendation for a bacon substitute for those with more Jewish food tendencies?

    • ScottAtFork

      Really you just need some fat to keep the meatballs juicy. Id grind up some of the chicken skin and mix it into the meatballs, and maybe add some smoked paprika if you want to still have a touch of the smokey flavor.

  • If the paleo diet is what our bodies are designed to process then one could indeed argue that most of the modern diseases are linked to unhealthy and improper dietary choices. Furthermore, scientists propose that the affluence and purchasing power was what prompted people to begin selecting bad food choices in the first place. Instead of raw fresh fruits and veggies it became quite popular to demonstrate one’s wealth by eating foods that others could not afford.

  • When you are planning your meals on what the Paleo diet is, you should devour only those foods which could have been

    obtained long ago while our dietary genes were being laid down by countless generations of hunter-gatherers. Lean

    meat, fresh fruit, seafood, eggs, and vegetables are the main components of the Paleo diet. Anything which does not

    fall into these four categories should be viewed with great skepticism and avoided entirely.