10 Minute, Zoned Out, Spicy Chicken Stir Fry




I could just as well call this the “Everyone has these ingredients in their fridge” Stir-Fry. I turned to mire poix (onions, carrots, celery) for the carbs, chicken breast for the protein, a little olive oil for the fat, Sambal for heat and cilantro because no meal is complete without it. The result was a plateful of spicy goodness.

While I’m not a huge fan of the boneless, skinless chicken breast, I used it here because most people have them on hand. I prefer chicken thighs, but if you break the BS breasts down and cook them as I show in the video, they remain moist and taste delicious.

As always, be creative, use what you have on hand, and above all, “Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Freshly squeezed lime juice would go well with this too

10 Minute, Zoned Out, Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredient List:

  • 2 cups onions, julienned
  • 1 cup carrots, Asian Bias Cut
  • 2 cups celery, Asian Bias Cut
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Sambal
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chiffonade

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Slice the chicken breast in half the long way and then each half in half on a slight bias.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and hit it with olive oil.
  3. Season chicken breast cutlets with Kosher salt and pepper and place them in the pan, seasoned side down. Season top side.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until chicken becomes opaque through half its thickness, then turn over and cook for 2-3 additional minutes, or until firm and registering 165°F.
  5. Transfer chicken to a small oven safe bowl, wrap it tightly with plastic and keep it near the stove. This will make sure it cooks thoroughly while maintaining moisture.
  6. Add more olive oil to the pan and sauté veggies until onions start to become translucent and carrots lose their crunch.
  7. Remove 5 ounces(if you are Zoning) of chicken breast from bowl, slice it and add it to pan.
  8. Add Sambal and fresh cilantro and toss to coat evenly.
  9. Transfer stir fry to a plate and dig in!
  10. This is a great make-ahead meal that tastes great chilled as well.

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:


We are just using one chicken breast per serving.  After cooking one chicken breast, depending on its size weighs in around 5-6 oz, and with 1oz of chicken breast equaling one block, we have 5-6 protein blocks if you use the whole chicken breast.  Remember to take out what you don’t want to eat.


With 2/3 of a cup of onions equaling one block, then we end up with three blocks from the two cups of onions we use.  We also get one block from the cup of carrots and 1 block from the 2 cups of celery.


You will use fats as needed to cook the food. Keep in mind that 1/3 of a teaspoon equals one block, so one table spoon is 9 blocks.  Don’t over do the oils when cooking it and it will keep the meal nice and balanced.

Balancing Act:

This meal is quite balanced out.  Cook it up and enjoy!!!

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