Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan

Amazing Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan on #paleo #primalLooking for comfort food while on a paleo diet? I’ve got you covered. Today we’re serving up Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan. It’s healthy and satisfying!

Easy Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan on #paleo #primal
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If you’re looking to clean up your eating habits, yet still crave cozy Italian dishes, I feel your pain. It can be tricky to find a healthy balance between what you crave and what your body needs.

Today I’m hoping to offer a solution for those on a paleo or primal diet… Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan.

Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan on #paleo #primal

Now before I get carried away with the detail of just how fabulous this recipe tastes, let me clarify a few things…

Generally speaking, the paleo diet eliminates the consumption of grains, dairy, and legumes to keep your gut in check. In paleo theology, a clean gut equals optimal health. The primal diet is similar, yet allows raw dairy.

As you can plainly see in the images, this is not a strict paleo recipe, because there is cheese involved. However you can prepare this Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan without the cheese and it still tastes amazing. Or you can go primal and use raw mozzarella cheese.

Healthy Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan on #paleo #primal

Oh… I should probably mention as well, that this Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe does not include parmesan cheese. I find raw mozzarella easier to find than raw parmesan. Plus, mozzarella melts like a cozy blanket over the chicken satisfying any chicken parm craving you could possibly have.

Disclaimers aside, our Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan is divine just the way it is. You will not miss the wheat pasta. You will not miss the wheat breading. You will certainly not miss the parmesan.

Fabulous Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan on #paleo #primal

Serving this chicken parm with zucchini noodles (zoodles) provides a light balance to a traditionally heavy dish. I used organic chicken thighs to keep the chicken extra moist and flavorful, then coated it in almond flour to create a crispy crust.

Once the chicken has baked, slather it with a quick homemade marinara and top each piece with a slice of fresh raw mozzarella. Then it goes back in the oven for just a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Paleo, Primal, Gluten Free… Whatever you’re clean eating plan, you can enjoy a little bit of Italian comfort without a hefty side dish of guilt!

Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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Paleo Baked Chicken Parmesan – a healthy yet comforting grain-free recipe to fit into a paleo or primal diet. Simple clean ingredients, and huge flavor.


  • 4 boneless skinless thighs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 – 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 large fresh raw mozzarella ball, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 4 average zucchini
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Start with the marinara: Pour the olive oil in a large saute pan and place over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and carrot and saute for 3-5 minutes, until very soft. Then add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley and basil. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes, then salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Then pour the almond flour on a plate, and crack the egg into a wide shallow dish. Whisk the egg.
  3. Dip each chicken thigh into the egg then dredge it in almond flour, covering all sides. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and salt and pepper liberally.
  4. Using a spiralizer, cut the zucchini into “zoodles” zucchini noodles.
  5. Bake the chicken for 17 minutes. Then scoop 1/2 cup marinara over each piece and place a slice of mozzarella over the top. Place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve warm with zucchini noodles.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 4

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 532 Calories
  • Total Fat: 31.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.7g
  • Cholesterol: 167mg
  • Sodium: 793mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 41.2g
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  5. Amyposted September 13, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

    I make this all the time and the kids love it too! We omit the cheese because dairy is not Paleo. I do add nutritional yeast to the almond flour to give a “cheesy” flavor though. 

  6. Lolitaposted September 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was devoured. Added lots of garlic and oregano to the sauce and also mixed a little grated Parmesan with the almond flour. This will stay in our dinner rotation!

    Rating: 5
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  8. Kristin McNeilposted February 26, 2016 at 10:03 am Reply

    THIS LOOKS WICKID! Could I substitute coconut flour? Do you find them to be interchangeable or does one produce a crispier result? Thanks!

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  10. Heather Christoposted July 8, 2015 at 7:32 am Reply

    this looks delicious! I have to look for that raw mozzarella.

    • Kirstin Gervaisposted September 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

      Did you ever find raw mozzarella? I have no idea even where to begin looking.

  11. Savita - Chef De Homeposted July 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Sommer, this is such delicious and clean recipe!! I love that you used almond flour for crust! Really a great idea! 

    Rating: 5
  12. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted July 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Comfort food turned summer appropriate, I love it! 

  13. Cookin Canuckposted July 7, 2015 at 9:27 am Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing, Sommer!  What a great dish to be able to serve to my Paleo friends.

  14. Lizposted July 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Oooh, I don’t think I’d miss the Parm or grains one bit!

  15. Gabyposted July 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Delicious…I am so into zucchini noodles!! 

  16. Jenny Flakeposted July 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Great dinner recipe!!  Totally trying soon!!  

  17. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 6, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply

    Almond flour is my new favorite <3

  18. Mariaposted July 6, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply

    Such a creative use of almond flour!

  19. Marla Meridithposted July 6, 2015 at 9:49 am Reply

    So smart to use the almond flour!!!

  20. Liz @ The Lemon Bowposted July 6, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply

    I love that you used almond flour!! I bet it tastes amazing!

  21. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted July 6, 2015 at 7:53 am Reply

    What a great recipe! Love the zoodles!

  22. Aggieposted July 6, 2015 at 7:27 am Reply

    This looks so delicious Sommer. I love that you used almond flour to coat! I’m hooked on using zoodles as a side dish for everything lately…great meal!