Welcome to my Whole 30 best of the Mediterranean Airfryer Breaded Chicken. Enjoy the delicious taste of Tuscany without the badness and so good it is perfect for bringing to the dinner table during your Whole 30 challenge.
This is my first of 30 Whole 30 recipes that I will be featuring this month on Recipe This. I wanted to complete another round of the Whole 30 and had this great idea to incorporate 30 recipes that are perfect for sharing with your family.
I don’t want to fall into the trap of one meal for me and another for everyone else, so I decided the best way to do is to allow everyone to have their own breakfasts and then just join me for lunch and dinner.
I would produce 30 delicious meals that would shout out delicious cooking rather than diet food and get my family excited even more about recipes that are Whole 30 and Paleo complaint. And also make us realise as a family that we don’t need excessive amounts of fast food or all the other high carb foods that we shouldn’t eat to excess.
For day 1 of our Whole 30 we are using a whole 30 compliant granola to make amazing breaded chicken. Chicken that would taste just as good as eating chicken nuggets, chicken strips or even a chicken takeaway. You could then feed this to your kids instead of the classic processed foods that they are normally used to consuming.
We cooked these in our Philips Airfryer with a chicken breast, granola and a few other items and it was heaven. Then served up with flavoured coconut milk and you have lunch.
The only problem in our house is that we have a teenage boy with a huge appetite so I needed to make about 3 rounds to actually satisfy him!
You could also change this recipe for whatever meat you have available, do it with fish or do it with vegetables.Whole30 Best Of The Mediterranean Airfryer Breaded Chicken Recipe @recipe_thisClick To Tweet
Chop the chicken into chicken nugget style chunks.
In a small bowl crack your egg and mix it until beaten with a fork.
Get out 3oz of the Tuscan granola and place it into a sandwich bag. Bash it with a rolling pin until it resembles a mix of fine and medium chunks.
Add to the granola bag the salt, pepper and the thyme.
Coat the chicken in the egg and then add it all the bag where the granola is.
Shake well until all the chicken is well coated.
Place the baking mat at the bottom of the Airfryer and then layer out your chicken chunks.
Cook at 180c for 20 minutes and then serve.
For a dipping sauce to go with it add 4 tablespoons of light coconut milk to a small dish. Squeeze in the juice from one lemon and ½ a small garlic clove that has been finely grated. Mix and serve with your breaded chicken.
Its important when making the dip that you use light coconut milk as otherwise it will be too thick for the sauce.
Whole 30 Day 1
I originally completed the Whole 30 diet challenge two summers ago. It was August 2015 and I wanted to kickstart my weight loss after the birth of my second child. I also hated the fact that I have always been bloated whenever I eat carbs and felt like they would go perfectly together.
Plus I am training to do my first 10km run later this year and feel that the super healthy Whole 30 will help a lot with it.
I haven’t done the Whole 30 challenge since and decided to do it again and I am here 22 pounds heavier than I was last time and ready to give the Whole 30 another go. This time though I will be sharing a different recipe each day that has helped me through my Whole 30 and posting pictures of myself when appropriate.
So lets start with one now:
This is me now and I can’t wait to see how I look as the days progress. My starting weight is 84.3 kilos (185.5 pounds). And what I find is that when I eat carbs I always become incredibly bloated and I can’t wait to see what I look like after a few days at it.
I also found that when I originally did the Whole 30 I lost just 5 pounds but I did drop a dress size which was amazing.
I am currently a British size 16 and it would be great if I can drop to a dress size 14 for when the summer season starts. So we will have to see how I get on…..
If you are new to the Whole 30 or don’t know much about it then below is an infographic that explains it in full:
What I ATE On Day ONE Of The Whole 30
So you have gone from eating chocolate, junk food, cereal for breakfast and loads of buttery toast. But what do you eat now?
Well thankfully I was already 75% Paleo before embarking on the Whole 30 so it wasn’t too bad. And I recommend that you have a mini transformation first so that you can get used to it.
Breakfast = Red Pepper Omelette
Lunch = Chicken & Vegetable Tray Bake
Dinner = Breaded Chicken, Dip & Steamed Vegetables
Exercise = 5km Country Run
I am not a breakfast person but I am on the Whole 30 so I am forcing myself to have something more than my traditional banana that I used to have. An omelette is my personal choice as it is quick and never feels like a big meal. I then bump it up with some sliced avocado.
For lunch we have a chicken tray bake. Basically you pile loads of seasonal vegetables into a tray, mix it around with some oil, season it and throw some pieces of chicken on top.
Then for dinner we have the breaded chicken recipe (that we featured further up) along with some steamed vegetables that we had cooked in our Instant Pot.
For snacks today I just have a little fruit in the evening. As I do a lot of exercise and because I am a breastfeeding mum, means that I can often end up with the munchies. I opt for 3 strawberries, a banana and ½ a small avocado.
Introducing The Casa De Sante Tuscan Herb Granola
Each day over the next 30 days we are featuring tips, quotes, infographics or reviews that have helped us get through our Whole 30. Today is the turn of the Tuscan Herb flavour of the Granola that is sold by Casa De Sante. We used to make this delicious crispy chicken and gives you a great alternative to KFC for a healthier chicken option.
Here are 10 reasons to buy the Tuscan Herb Granola:
- Easy to carry to work or school
- Gluten free
- High in iron
- Low sodium
- Natural ingredients
- Not overly sweet
- Safe choice for gastrointestinal issues
- Single serving resealable packages
- Tastes of Italian herbs
- Vegan friendly
Our verdict – Oh how I love granola. I love the crunch, the flavour, and the nutrition that comes from the mix of grains and nuts. Casa de Sante Artisan Savory Granola’s Tuscan Herb flavour had me a little worried. I couldn’t see how herbs like basil or oregano would work in a sweet granola. I quickly learned otherwise.
The Tuscan Herb granola from Casa de Sante is not sweet. There’s a slight hint of sweetness, but it’s not the key focus. This granola is all about the flavor. It’s a granola that lets the nuts, herbs, and crunch of ingredients like cornflakes, puffed brown rice, and quinoa shine. That lack of sweetness and the power of the oregano make this the perfect breading for entrees like fried chicken, fried prawns, or even fried vegetables.
The other really handy thing about Casa de Sante’s Artisan Savory Granola Tuscan Herb is the portion size. It’s already packaged in 1.6 ounce foil bags that have a resealable strip. Bring them to work or school for a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon. No milk’s needed. This granola is as addicting as potato chips but a whole lot healthier for you!
Its best feature…has to be the fact that it suits everyone. It is perfect for vegans, for gluten free, for low sugar and for low FOD map diets.
Overall – Get ready to think outside the box with Casa de Sante’s Artisan Savory Granola. The Tuscan Herb variety is plenty of fun to eat, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You could turn this into an amazing topping for homemade macaroni and cheese. Use the crunchy clusters for a gluten-free replacement to croutons in a bowl of soup. You’ll definitely want to use the granola as a coating for fried foods. The mix of crunch and herbs make it a perfect choice for gluten-free chicken fingers.
Buy The Casa De Sante Tuscan Herb Granola
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Now how about joining me in your own Whole 30? Join me in the whole 30 diet challenge and have 30 full days of delicious home cooked meals. Get better, get rid of the health problems associated with a bad diet and fall in love with food all over again.