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AIP Chicken Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Make it ahead – this AIP chicken breakfast casserole recipe will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning.
Why You Might Want to Eat Chicken for Breakfast
I know, I know. There can be a bit of a mental hurdle in eating chicken for breakfast.
Many of you simply aren’t used to choosing chicken as your morning protein. Bacon, sausage, and perhaps ham would be much more common.
But if you like chicken at other times of the day, eating it as part of your breakfast seems perfectly reasonable. You just have to blow past that voice in your head that might be saying “chicken is great, but not for breakfast.”
Seriously, try and get over it. To succeed with autoimmune protocol, you’re going to need to be flexible with what you eat and when.
And if you’ve been AIP-compliant for any length of time, you’ve probably found breakfast to be a tricky meal to make.
Pretty much all of the usual suspects are out. Can’t do cereal, because that’s got the grain factor. And the vast majority of cereals also contain frightening levels of sugar, which make them a good food to avoid for most people.
Eggs are also a no-go for autoimmune protocol. It’s really too bad since eggs are pretty much a nutritional powerhouse.
If you don’t have an autoimmune condition and if you’re not allergic, they’re a really great addition to your diet, yolks and all.
But those with autoimmune troubles do the best steering clear of eggs. They contain an enzyme, lysozyme, that is able to sneak past the gut’s barrier and add fuel to the fire of your condition.
So if you can’t eat eggs or cereal in the morning, you need some solid replacements.
Healing Through Eating: AIP 101
Learning you have an autoimmune condition can be overwhelming.
It’s hard to take in waterfalls of new information about your condition and how to take care of yourself. Your new diet may seem very different than what you’re accustomed to eating (for example, chicken casserole for breakfast).
But what you eat plays a huge role in how you’ll feel – so it’s smart to learn as much as possible and choose your food carefully.
I remember those days when everything was new and want to help. So I created this Definitive Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). This is a long article that explains the basics of AIP, what you should eat, and why.
Give it a read – I think you’ll find it really helpful if you’re new, or a great refresher if you’ve been at it awhile.
Chicken adds a lean twist to this breakfast casserole.
- 1 Tablespoon of avocado oil (15 ml), to grease baking dish
- 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) of avocado oil, to cook the chicken and onions with
- 2 chicken breasts, diced
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of coconut cream (240 ml) (from the tops of 2 refrigerated cans of coconut milk)
- 4 cups of spinach (120 g), chopped
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (30 ml)
- 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley (2 g), chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Grease a large casserole baking dish with the 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and set aside.
- Add the 3 tablespoons of avocado oil to a large frying pan and brown the chicken and sliced onions.
- Mix the chicken, onions, and the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Season with salt, to taste. Pour the chicken mixture into the greased baking dish.
- Bake for 35 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 321
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 24 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 17 g