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Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

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  1. Sriracha Spice Blend
  2. 1/4 teaspoons - cayenne
  3. 1/4 teaspoons - paprika
  4. 1/4 teaspoons - cumin
  5. 1/4 teaspoons - garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoons - white or black pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoons - chili powder
  8. Chicken
  9. 2 pounds - chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (about 8 thighs for 2 lbs.)
  10. 1/4 cups - liquid sweetener: honey for Paleo, AIP, GAPS and VAD; OR maple syrup OR for KETO use one that replac
  11. 2 tablespoons - coconut aminos
  12. 2 tablespoons - lime juice, fresh from one whole lime
  13. 2 tablespoons - avocado oil
  14. 4 cloves - garlic minced or crushed (omit for VAD)
  15. 1/2 teaspoons - sea salt


(See AIP, VAD and Nightshade-Free notes below)
Combine low carb sweetener or honey, coconut aminos, lime juice, garlic and sea salt in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the Sriracha Spice Blend spices, stirring them together. Dip one side of the chicken thighs into the dish of Sriracha Spice Blend (or nightshade-free, less-spicy variation).

Heat a large dry skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not yet smoking, for about 1 to 3 minutes. Add the avocado oil and swirl to coat briefly. Place the chicken thighs in the pan in a single layer. Cook the chicken until it's browned on both sides - about 5 to 6 minutes on the first side, then reduce the heat to medium and cook about 4 minutes on the second side.

Add the honey-lime sauce. Continue to cook the chicken, using tongs to turn pieces over occasionally until cooked through, about 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken or caramelize (expect lots of tiny bubbles as the sauce caramelizes) and reduce slightly. (Note: The Keto version of this recipe does not caramelize. You'll end up with a delicious sauce that's not quite as thick.)

Sprinkle the chicken with chives or the greens of green onions, if desired (omit for VAD). Serve with optional lime slices over cooked cauliflower rice, or Basmati rice for GF and VAD.


AIP Spice Blend
In small bowl, stir together ½ teaspoon of each: dried ginger, onion powder and garlic powder. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric and stir again.

Nightshade-free, Less-Spicy Spice Blend (VAD)
In small bowl, stir together:
½ teaspoon each: dried ginger powder, cumin, white or black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

For VAD: 1 teaspoon of each: dried ginger and cumin.




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