Chipotle Lime Chicken Jerky (Paleo, SCD)

I would love to say that I came up with this one all on my own, but I have to give credit where credit is due.  I was searching online for paleo beef jerky marinades and I came across a message board here.  All the way at the bottom, someone named Joshua gave this recipe.  I made a few very small tweaks and it is GENIUS!!!  Even better, it tastes AMAZING on chicken, which is great because clean, organic chicken is much more affordable than grassfed beef.  I love it because it is a change from that soy sauce/brown sugar typical-tasting jerky.  It has a kick but both of my 6-year old boys can tolerate it.

Not only is this a guilt-free snack (rarely do you hear someone complaining that they have GOT to stop eating organic chicken!), but it is great for snacks on the go, road trips….and even lunchboxes.  Oh yes, lunchbox time is coming soon.

So without further ado…..

Chipotle Lime Chicken Jerky

3 lbs of boneless, skinless organic chicken thighs

2 TBSP smoked paprika

1 TBSP fresh cilantro

1/2 TBSP black pepper

1 TBSP sea salt

1 clove minced garlic

juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup coconut aminos

1 TBSP honey

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

Slice your chicken thinly (sometimes it helps for the chicken to be firmer, so if you need to put it in the freezer for about an hour beforehand, that will help.)  1/4 inch slices are probably ideal, but if it’s a little thicker it’s not going to be the end of the world.  Remove any larger pieces of fat (there is no harm in leaving it there, but they will be more likely to spoil).  Combine all of the other ingredients for the marinade.  Place chicken and marinade in a large container and refrigerate.  Marinate for 8-12 hours.  Remove chicken from marinade and place chicken in a single layer on your food dehydrator trays.  Dehydrate at 155 degrees for approximately 6-8 hours.  The time will vary based on how thick your slices are.  You may want to flip the jerky at the 3 hour mark.  Just keep an eye on it, and remove it when it resembles jerky!

If you do not have a food dehydrator, I know this can be done in your oven as well.  I did some googling, and this website gives some instructions on how to make jerky in your oven.

Enjoy!

August 3, 2013 012

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