—> Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe with a Creamy Cauliflower Mash <—
I have found for myself personally… that completely cutting out certain food groups has led to emotional battles with food.. AKA – I can’t eat that bread.. it’ll make me fat… followed by me lusting after my husbands breakfast toast as I force feed myself egg whites and spinach, crying on the inside <– Say here, here … if this has happened to you.
Eating in a whole 30/paleo fashion regularly creates healthy eating habits… The issue with these diets however, ((the issue with any diet that completely omits certain food groups))… is that it can be challenging (for many) to maintain the diet over time… And then when you slip (eat that piece of toast, or that delicious greek yogurt…) it can be easy to beat yourself up.
I’m not 100% committed to a paleo or whole 30 diet… but I do like the principles these diets teach in terms of making real, whole foods a part of your every day routine. So… I eat this way regularly, but I also like to incorporate the idea of intuitive eating.
In a nutshell involves:
Listening to your body.
Eating slowly and appreciating the flavor of food.
Not waiting until you are starving to eat, and then over eating (being in tune with the body’s natural hunger and full signals).
Exercising for the pleasure of exercising, and not just for the calorie burn.
Doing all of the above to achieve and maintain a healthy weight + lifestyle.
Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe
I try to eat whole foods as often as possible (via making my lunches + dinners paleo/ whole 30 as often as possible). But… eating a slab of meat and a pile of vegetables every night does get…. BOOOORING. So… I look to my friends over at Sun Basket to help me come up with some fresh ideas for dinner.
If you don’t know, Sun Basket is a food delivery service, and many of their meals fall under paleo, gluten green free and vegetarian categories. Here’s how it works:
- Visit their website
- Pick out your meals
- The ingredients + recipes are delivered to your doorstep. AKA They deliver fresh, whole-food ingredients & you cook.
- Your meal planning/ life in general is easier!
The chicken arrabbiata recipe featured here today is inspired from a Sun Basket meal that I received… but … I made a few changes to it just for fun! The original recipe: also delicious!
- I used a red wine in the sauce… technically making this no longer a paleo approved meal – but delicious/ worth it/ still healthy in my opinion…
- I used a cauliflower mash (the original recipe called for celery root mash).
- I grilled chicken breasts as opposed to pan frying smaller chunks of chicken. To keep my chicken tender + juicy I personally find it easier to grill it.
I hope you enjoy it.. if you make this chicken arrabbiata recipe… comment below and let me know what you think!
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- 1 Head Cauliflower (Roughly chopped into florets)
- ½ Sweet Yellow Onion (Diced)
- ½ Tsp. Minced Garlic
- 1-2 Tbs. Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Water or Chicken Broth (make your own for paleo/whole 30 approved)
- Salt + Pepper to Taste
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary (Stems removed and finely chopped) - Optional for Garnish
- 1 Bell Pepper (Diced)
- ½ Tsp. Minced Garlic
- 1 Tsp. Olive Oil
- ½ Sweet Yellow Onion
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Oregano (removed from stems and finely chopped)
- ½ Tsp Red Chile Flakes
- 2-3 Tbs. Tomato Paste
- 1 14.5 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 Bay Leaf
- ½ Cup Merlot (Omit for a Paleo/ Whole 30 Recipe - use H2o instead)
- ½ Cup Water
- 2 Large Chicken Breasts (Butterflied) or 4 Smaller Chicken breasts
- 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
- Salt + Pepper to Taste
- In a deep frying pan warm olive oil over medium/ high heat until hot, but not smoking.
- Add cauliflower, onion, garlic, salt and pepper; stir occasionally and allow to cook for about 8-10 minutes until cauliflower and onion have begun to soften.
- Add water or chicken broth, cover and simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed and cauliflower is tender (about 20-22 minutes).
- Transfer all ingredients to your blender or Vitamix, and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with Rosemary (Optional)
- Add bell pepper, garlic, olive oil and onion to deep frying pan. Cook and stir occasionally, until bell vegetables begin to soften and caramelize (3-4 Minutes).
- Add chili flakes and tomato paste. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
- Add diced tomatoes, bay leaf & oregano and stir.
- Add ½ cup merlot and ½ cup water. Cook and stir over medium heat until the sauce has thickened and reduced by about half.
- While sauce is simmering, make the chicken.
- Season with olive oil, salt + pepper and grill on medium heat for 8-12 minutes, flipping once.
- Remove bay leaf from sauce. Add a serving of cauliflower mash to plate and add chicken on top. Ladle sauce over the top and serve warm.
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