Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs

Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs | eMeals

We’ve put a Paleo spin on the classic BLT by giving the versatile chicken breast an unexpected role as the “bread” in this lunchtime favorite. Here, grilled chicken breasts are butterflied (see below) to become pockets for a tasty filling made of bacon, tomatoes, spinach and basil mayo. You can use traditional iceberg lettuce, if you prefer, but the spinach provides an extra boost in flavor, vitamins and minerals. Like most hearty sandwiches loaded with yummy fixings, this one may get a little a messy when you eat it, so plan to have plenty of napkins around. Or, if you prefer, eat it with a knife and fork. Kids will be eager to help make these—they’ll have fun preparing the ingredients and stuffing their own “sandwiches.”

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Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs | eMeals

To butterfly a piece of meat: Lay meat flat on a cutting board and cut in half parallel to the board, from one side almost all the way to the other side.


time-saving-buttonCook the chicken breasts ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. For a superfast assembly, slice the tomatoes and prepare the mayo while you use your microwave as a shortcut to cook the bacon and heat the chicken. Stuff the chicken breasts, and they’re ready to eat!


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Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs
Note: To cook the chicken breasts ahead, you’ll only need to set aside about 15 minutes earlier in the week. When time allows, preheat your grill to medium-high heat or heat a large skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Place the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin (or heel of your hand) to ½-inch thickness. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. It’s the secret to ensuring the chicken cooks evenly and delivers a tender bite. Next, coat the chicken evenly with 1 Tbsp olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Grill or sear chicken in a skillet 4 to 5 minutes per side or until done.
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eMeals Plan: Paleo Lunch plan
  • 8 slices nitrite-free bacon
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise (or use a homemade Paleo Mayonnaise)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 4 cooked chicken breasts (see note)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 8 slices
  1. Place 4 slices bacon on a paper towel-lined plate; microwave on High 11/2 to 2 minutes or until crisp. Repeat with remaining bacon.
  2. Combine mayonnaise and basil.
  3. Reheat chicken in microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until heated.
  4. Butterfly chicken breasts. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over cuts sides of chicken breasts. Layer spinach, sliced tomato and bacon inside of chicken breasts.


-Text by Andrea Kirkland 

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5 thoughts on “Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs

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    1. eMeals Post author

      That’s a great idea, Jae! We like this one as knife-and-fork meal on its own, but lettuce is a great idea for a hand-held option that’s still Paleo-approved.

  2. Barbara L

    This looks delicious! Will make it tonight for dinner.
    I’ve only been doing Paleo for a couple of weeks but am already feeling the benefits of eating clean.
    Thank you for this great recipe…

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