Thursday, May 9, 2013

PALEO CHICKEN LIZZIE


My last job was at the Texas Governor's Mansion, where I witnessed countless gourmet creations emerge from the executive kitchen. At a recent reception, these gorgeous nuggets came out on a tray, and I noticed that they were paleo without even trying!  For some reason, unbeknownst to me, they were calling them "Chicken Lizzie."I had to make them. I used my favorite seasoning, Paleo Powder, to season the chicken, but you could use your favorite seasoning. This is THE BEST paleo party dish you could ever make. Prepare them a day or two before, then rewarm them in the oven before the party. 

Chicken Lizzie
makes about 24 bites
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 Tablespoons Paleo Powder*
3 jalapeños, halved and seeded
2 teaspoons duckfat (or fat of your choice) melted
salt and pepper
2-3 slices bacon

*If you don't have Paleo Powder, mix 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and pinch cayenne together and use that instead!

1. Light up your grill or grill pan. Season the chicken with Paleo Powder, rubbing it in well. Cook chicken until juices run clear, or to 160º. 
2. Preheat your oven to 400º. Toss jalapeños with duck fat. sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the jalapeños, skin side up, on a foil-lined sheet pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cooked through. 
3. Leave your oven at 400º. Place a drying rack on top of a foil-lined sheet pan. Arrange bacon on top of the drying rack. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, until almost crispy. You want it soft enough to pierce with a toothpick, but cooked enough to eat. 
4. Chop cooked chicken, jalapeños and bacon into even sized pieces. Thread a piece of bacon, then jalapeño, then chicken on a toothpick. Repeat until you run out!

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