It’s Friday night, and guess what?…. that Monday night grocery shopping adventure has obviously worn thin by now. What to do. I have a pint of blackberries, a tomato, a sweet potato, and some chicken breasts. Well it’s obvious, don’t you think?!?! Paleo Chicken Fingers and Sweet Potato Fries. Oh yeah, and blackberry ketchup. Duh.
Why blackberry ketchup? I love homemade ketchup. What’s funny though, is that I wasn’t a huge fan of ketchup as a kid. Of course I liked it on my hotdogs or my burgers, but I would just as soon use BBQ sauce. Then came my first experience with homemade ketchup. Boooooom! Mic drop. That’s it right there. Fresh ingredients. Don’t get me wrong. I understand the fascination and addiction to everyone’s favorite condiment, but for me it was always a little on the sweet side. I’m not normal, right? So when I tasted my first homemade ketchup that didn’t taste like sugar to me, I fell in love. Now what better way to boost that flavour, and add a little natural sweetness, than to add fruit!? Why don’t you answer that for yourself and try this out. If you’re Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, GF, or not, you’re going to love this stuff.
In all honesty, I thought of the ketchup idea first and the paleo chicken fingers and sweet potato fries second. It didn’t take me long to pair the ketchup with the sweet potato fries as I knew the acidity of the ketchup would really work well with the sweet potato, but the chicken was some thought. And of course, I need to stick to within my paleo guidelines. Well, I have been craving chicken fingers (yeah, random, but the struggle is real!), so what if I coat them simply in coconut and almond flour then fry them in olive oil. Winner winner chicken dinner! Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know some of you are worried about all of that olive oil, but it was only 3-4 tbsps in the pan and honestly, short of drinking olive oil out of a cup, I have been consuming a lot of it for many years and have never had issues with weight gain, clogged arteries, etc. My blood work is always perfect in that regard, so hey, I’m not going to change what isn’t hurting me, and good olive oil is delicious. It’s also very nutritious.
I think that is enough of me and my thoughts, let’s get to YOU and YOUR thoughts. Try the recipe below, change it, love it, judge it, whatever. Leave your feedback.Print
Paleo Chicken Fingers, Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries and Blackberry ketchup
- 2 chicken breasts de-skinned, de-boned
- 2 sweet potatoes
- blackberry ketchup (below)
- 6 tbsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 cup blackberries
- 3/4 cup tomatoes grated on a grater (no skin)
- 1 clove garlic grated on fine holes of grater
- 1 tbsp grated or finely chopped Shallot
- 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
- pinch or two of salt
- make blackberry ketchup per instructions below
- preheat oven to 350F
- on a mandolin with insert roughly 1/8″, slice sweet potatoes into shoe strings
- place on a baking sheet sprayed with oil
- bake in the oven until browning (20-25mins depending on the oven and thickness of potatoes)
- cut each chicken breast into 3 or 4 strips
- add almond flour, coconut flour, and salt to a large ziplock plastic bag
- add cut chicken strips
- shake until completely coated
- heat a skillet on med to med-high heat
- add a small amount of olive oil
- fry chicken on both sides until brown and crispy and internal temperature (on a thermometer) is 165F
- plate with fries and ketchup
- Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and simmer on med low until thickened.
- Once thick, let cool a bit then put in a small blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy by putting it in your fav foods or just eat it out of the bowl like I do.
- you can sub in precut sweet potato fries if available
- you can sub in regular potatoes if you prefer, but technically this does not follow paleo guidelines (though I think it’s fine and I eat them).