Chicken Almond Ding

Chicken almond ding

Over the weekend, I took it upon myself to test out this new recipe. It was inspired by something I saw in one of my old vegetarian cookbooks, but I changed it quite a bit to suit my taste and clearly, it’s not vegetarian. No major surprise there. The dish is definitely simple, but yields a lot of flavor and texture. I am a sucker for simplicity, especially in recipes, so I was pleased with the end result. I hope you will be too.

I recommend eating this on its own or atop of cauliflower rice. Either way, you can’t go wrong!


  • 1 Tbsp pasture-raised duck fat
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups celery, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 8 oz can bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbsp dry sherry OR broth
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1.5 tsp coconut flour (or arrowroot if you can tolerate it — may need a lesser amount)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 cup spouted unsalted almonds, chopped



  1. Heat duck fat in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and celery; stir. After a minute, add the chicken pieces and white pepper, and season to taste with sea salt.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the sherry, coconut aminos, water and coconut flour (or arrowroot) in a small bowl.
  3. After about 7-9 minutes, add the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and frozen peas. Stir and then pour in the sherry mixture.
  4. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. Once done, remove from heat and stir in the chopped almonds. Serve by itself or atop of cauliflower rice.

Yields: 3-4 servings


11 thoughts on “Chicken Almond Ding

  1. Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 26, 2013 / 10:04 am

    I haven’t used coconut aminos since moving here, going to have to order some of Amazon I think! There’s a health food store walking distance from our new place, might see if they have it there πŸ™‚ I agree about simple recipes that are filled with flavour πŸ™‚ Sounds like another winner!

    • paleoinpdx August 26, 2013 / 12:24 pm

      Hopefully the store will have the coconut aminos and you won’t have to order it! I bet shipping is pretty expensive?

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 26, 2013 / 12:31 pm

        I can get it off Amazon but it’s about $12USD and $3 shipping. I can’t remember how much it was back at our local Wholefoods in Michigan.

      • paleoinpdx August 26, 2013 / 12:35 pm

        Wow! I get it from a co-op for $5.49. Whole Foods sells it for $6.49. Obviously, I don’t pay shipping or tax either (no sales tax in Oregon).

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 26, 2013 / 12:38 pm

        Yeh it’s one of the things I miss about living in the States! A lot of things like that are more expensive. Oh wow didn’t know that about Oregon, that’s great!

      • paleoinpdx August 26, 2013 / 1:59 pm

        Yeah, it’s pretty nice! It’s the hardest part of traveling because we’re not used to paying sales tax! We don’t pump our own gas either — someone always does it for you. But, as soon as you cross the border to Washington, you have to do it yourself. Kinda funny!

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 26, 2013 / 2:04 pm

        Ha that’s so funny! I’ve heard of that but never experienced it since in Michigan we did our own! Also in Australia and here we say “getting some petrol” or “putting in some petrol” instead of pumping gas hehe πŸ™‚ I think it’s only an American thing to not do it yourself (in some places).

      • paleoinpdx August 26, 2013 / 2:15 pm

        Maybe I’ll start saying, “getting some petrol” when I get gas now. This kinda stuff is so funny!

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 26, 2013 / 2:18 pm

        Haha I did stuff like that all the time in the States, not on purpose though πŸ™‚

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