Paleo Chicken Wings Part Deux




When I edited the first Alitas de Pollo with Poblano and Pineapple video, it had a makeshift ending because of some misplaced footage. While editing other videos this week, I came across the missing clips and have compiled them into a second video.

I received several emails explaining that the wings were not turning out as they look in the picture, they were too runny. Well, by using the clock on the oven in the videos, I was able to come up with the reason for this. The original recipe said to cook the wings for approximately 24 minutes, when in reality, I cooked them in the video for 1 hour. Aside from that, I do a secondary seasoning that was not previously addressed.

If you make this, please share your pics and I’ll post them to this page…

Nick’s Picture of Original Wings

Henry Jun-Wen Lok’s Picture

Henry improvised with jalapenos instead of poblanos, which sounds amazing. I will do this next time, thanks for the idea, Henry!

Paleo “Alitas de Pollo” (Chicken Wings) with Pineapple and Poblanos

Ingredient List:

  • 36 chicken wings
  • 1 pineapple, diced into 1″ cubes
  • 3 poblano peppers, diced into 1″ cubes
  • 2 onions, large julienne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine chicken wings, spices(less 1⁄2 of Chili Powder), 1⁄2 Tablespoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper and Olive Oil in a bowl, mix well with your hands or a spoon and marinate for 15 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F or 350°F convection.
  3. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper and spread wings evenly.
  4. Disperse pineapple, peppers and onions among the wings and bake for 35 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and turn wings, pineapple and veggies, then apply a secondary seasoning with remaining chili powder, salt and pepper.l
  6. Return to oven for 20 additional minutes or until the chicken reached an internal temperature of 165°F or greater.

“Keep It Paleo!”


As you can see, it would be easy to make Zone portions by simply doubling the carbohydrates in this recipe. However, if you do so, I would recommend spreading all ingredients over three half-sheet pans instead of two. This will prevent too much moisture from releasing on to the crowded pans, which would make the end product soupy, instead of crisp and caramelized.

As always, contact me with any questions and be sure to share your pictures/stories of your adventures in Culinary Fitness.

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (32)

The protein comes from our chicken wings.  After cooking and deboning, the wings weigh in around 32oz and with 1 oz equaling one block, that gives us 32 blocks.

Carbohydrates: (18)

Our carbs are coming from the pineapple, peppers and the onions.  Starting with the pineapple.  Cut up, one pineapple will give us about 6 cups worth and with ½ cup equaling one block, that gives us a total of 12 blocks from the pineapple.  From there, the peppers, we have three, so we will count these as one block as about 2 cups worth of peppers equals one block.  Finally the onions give us an additional 5 blocks.  We will get almost four cups worth of onions, and with one block equaling 2/3 of a cup, we will therefore count this as 5 to bring the total carb count to 18.

Fats: (18)

Our fats are coming from the oil that we are cooking the wings in.  We are using 2 tablespoons, and with 1/3 of a teaspoon equaling one block, that gives us 18 fat blocks total.


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