I love trying new things.
That could be new coffee shops, exploring new towns, finding a new hike, or trying new products.
It was that time of day last week, when Whole Foods had their daily samples set out among the store.
Those eager and willing customers stopping by each vendor stand where the overly happy suppliers are pimping out their products. I showed up to shop at the very right time and the very wrong time all at once.
Right time because I got to try a few new and awesome Paleo products, local to the area and deliciously expensive!
Wrong time because I found myself smack dab in the middle of the happiest place on food earth: Whole Foods. I mean, why are there SO many people in the [California] Bay Area?! If they’re not at Whole Foods, they’re all over the freeways… so. much. traffic!
Anyway, complaining side, I’m thrilled I stopped in and thrilled I found an incredible Paleo pancake option! It’s literally a just-add-water bag of magical almond flour-cassava flour pancakes that can be easily adjusted for waffle making. Thank you to Birch Benders for setting up samples for me to get hooked on.
The best part?
They’re DELICIOUS pancakes (and/or waffles)!
Texture is perfect and the pancakes turn out to be just perfectly sweetened with a touch of savory.
And who doesn’t love sweet with savory?
And I do enjoy that sweet and savory mix from chicken and waffles.
But sautéed chicken, not fried because 1. that’s too much work, and 2. that’s too much (unwanted) fat.
No, no. This is sautéed chicken with crispy waffles topped with sweet Grade A, quality maple syrup and a dizzle of slightly sweet and spicy Vermont Maple Sriracha.
You MUST try the Vermont Maple Sriracha!
That said, here’s the recipe!
Paleo Smoked Paprika Chicken & Waffles
Smoked Paprika Chicken
- 2 pounds chicken breast, cubed
- 1½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
In a medium bowl, combine all the spices, paprika through cayenne pepper. Set aside while you cube your chicken. Set this aside while you heat your oil.
In a medium/large saute pan, heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat until hot (test with a drop or two of water. When it sizzles, the oil is ready).
Add chicken to the olive oil and season well with the spice mix. You should use at least half of the spice mix, if not more. There may be spice mix left over.
Continue to cook the chicken until heated through, and no longer pink inside. While chicken is cooking, make your Paleo waffles (mix and instructions below).
Once waffles are done and chicken is cooked through, plate a waffle, top with chicken, drizzle with high-quality maple syrup, and dot with Vermont Maple Sriracha for an extra kick of flavor.
- Birch Benders Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix
- olive oil
In a large bowl, mix recommended amount of pancake mix, water, and olive oil, according to waffle mix directions.
Heat a waffle maker and make waffles according to mix directions.