Crispy Paleo Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Whole30, Keto


This crispy paleo chicken with creamy mushroom sauce is made all in one skillet, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that’s perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

This crispy paleo chicken with creamy mushroom sauce is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that's perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

Crispy seasoned chicken and creamy mushroom sauce – yes – it’s totally possible while doing the Whole30!

When I first started paleo, I honestly had no idea how to make this sort of meal work out.  When I thought of chicken, I pictured it sitting next to a few boring steamed veggies and felt, well, bored.  And completely uninspired to actually eat!

It took me awhile, but, I’ve since figured out how to make paleo and Whole30 compliant, dairy free sauces that are creamy and flavorful just like (or almost like!) those traditional sauces containing heavy cream and cheese.

This creamy chicken with mushrooms is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that's perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

To begin, you’ll have to embrace a few Whole30 truths.  First, full fat coconut milk is your friend.  And no, combined with the right balance of ingredients it truly does NOT taste like coconut!  I say this because it’s one of the most popular questions I receive from coconut-haters 🙂

Second, don’t be afraid to thicken your sauces with tapioca or arrowroot flour.  These flours (along with almond and coconut) are Whole30 compliant for dredging and thickening, though not for baking or trying to replicate dessert.

It takes a bit of practice to work with these thickeners to get the right texture for your sauces, but the results are very satisfying!  This mushroom sauce only needed a bit of arrowroot starch to thicken it enough for my tastes.

This creamy chicken with mushrooms is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that's perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

Third, a little bit of Whole30 compliant mustard goes a long way for flavor (and helps to mask the coconut too!) I use mustard in nearly all of my dairy-free sauce recipes and it never disappoints!  And on the subject of flavor, organic ghee (clarified butter) adds great flavor to gravies and sauces as well.

Moving away from the sauce, let’s talk about the actual chicken now!   I tend to lean toward boneless skinless chicken thighs for many recipes, since they cook quickly, get crispy, and don’t dry out.

For this one though, I was craving the seasoned crispy chicken skin that you can only get with, well, skin-on chicken!  It does make the recipe a bit more time consuming, so if you know you’ll be short on time to cook, subbing with boneless chicken thighs is fine.  They won’t be as crispy but they’ll bake for less time, and still have tons of flavor and juiciness.

This creamy chicken with mushrooms is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that's perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

The recipe itself is very straightforward, and everything is cooked in one skillet for less cleaning up afterwards (YES!)  The chicken is seasoned, browned in ghee, then set aside while you cook the onions, mushrooms and garlic.

The chicken then bakes with the mushroom mixture and broth until done, then you make the sauce on the stovetop right in the skillet (it’s quick!) before serving everything together.

To keep it low carb and keto, you can serve it with a green salad or over cauliflower rice, roasted brussels sprouts or your favorite cooked greens.  If carbs aren’t an issue, it’s also delicious with a side of roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes!  I hope you’re ready to cook (and eat!) – let’s go!

Crispy Paleo Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Whole30, Keto

This creamy chicken with mushrooms is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that's perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

Crispy Paleo Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Whole30, Keto

This crispy paleo chicken with creamy mushroom sauce is made all in one pan, packed with flavor, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30 compliant!  Seasoned crispy skinned chicken thighs with a dairy free mushroom sauce that’s perfect over cauliflower rice or with roasted and veggies.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet (or any oven proof skillet) over med-high heat. Season chicken with salt, pepper, sage, and thyme, rubbing in seasonings to coat skin.

  3. Add 2 Tbsp ghee to skillet, then brown chicken in skillet on both sides – about 2-3 minutes per side.

  4. Once browned, remove chicken from skillet to a plate and lower heat to medium, add 1 more tbsp ghee to melt.

  5. Add onions and cook one minute until softened, then add mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook 3 minutes over med heat until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir in broth, and remove from heat.

  6. Return chicken and any juices back to skillet, place skillet in preheated oven and bake 25 minutes, until cooked through, return skillet to stovetop.

  7. Remove just the chicken from skillet with tongs to make the sauce. Whisk tapioca and mustard into coconut milk, then add to skillet and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and allow to boil 2-3 minutes until thickened, stirring. Return chicken to skillet and serve with mushroom sauce. Enjoy! Serves 5-6.

Nutrition Facts

Crispy Paleo Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Whole30, Keto

Amount Per Serving

Calories 437
Calories from Fat 315

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35g
54%

Saturated Fat 14g
70%

Cholesterol 164mg
55%

Sodium 127mg
5%

Potassium 481mg
14%

Total Carbohydrates 4g
1%

Sugars 1g

Protein 25g
50%

Vitamin A
2.3%

Vitamin C
2.6%

Calcium
1.8%

Iron
9.4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What I Used to Make My Crispy Paleo Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce:

Want More Whole30 Chicken Recipes?  Try One of These!

One-Pan Bacon Wrapped Chicken

One-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

Crispy “Breaded” Chicken Cutlets

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with White Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Chicken with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup with Kale

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