One of the things I missed most when I started the autoimmune protocol was spicy, tomatoey ethnic food–whether it was salsa, jambalaya, or tikka masala, I was devastated to think I couldn’t eat those things anymore and might not be able to ever again if reintroducing those spices, tomatoes, and peppers didn’t go well. So, naturally, once I started developing recipes, coming up with AIP-friendly versions of these was my first order of business! And not to toot my own horn, but this Chicken Makhani delivers. It’s not only quick and easy to make, but 100% Paleo and autoimmune protocol-compliant. (Of course, those of you who don’t have to follow the AIP can use regular tomato sauce and heavy cream instead of coconut milk, if you like.) Plus, it’s really, really tasty. This’ll satisfy those curry cravings, guaranteed!
Keep your household clean, too!
I may make my living as a food blogger, but my health-consciousness actually began long before I started cooking. Growing up with a sensitive nose and skin that would break out into a rash at the slightest provocation, I’ve been making my own cosmetics and cleaning products since high school. I hoped that avoiding these environmental toxins would not only improve my health, but be better for the environment and save me some money compared to buying high-end non-toxic products at a health-foods store. Whatever your reasons, making your own household products is easier than you might think. My e-book A Clean Space has all the tips, tricks, and recipes you need to get started–and it’s only $6.99!
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small shallot (diced)
- 1/2 small onion (diced)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons ginger (peeled and grated)
- 1 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 1 whole bay leaf
- 1 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup no-tomato sauce
- 1 pound chicken thighs (de-boned, skinned, and chopped)
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and then cook the shallot and onion until translucent, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, lemon, and seasonings and cook 1 minute.
- Add the coconut milk and tomato puree and stir 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.