We love simple meals that taste fancy. Something that you imagine you could order in a restaurant, because you can’t make it at home. It’s presumed to be too complicated, take too long, or not be worth all the work.

This is one of those meals.

The tangy tomatillos break down into a delicious stew, mingling with the onions, peppers, cilantro and spices to make a simply perfect combination. Everyone we’ve made this meal for loves it, and it’s naturally gluten, dairy and grain free. You can eat it like we do, as a perfectly yummy soup or stew on its own, or inside a tortilla shell (you can use almond flour ones for a grain free option). Another great way to enjoy this is on top of rice or cauliflower rice.

So good!


Tomatillo Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Tomatillo Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo)

Note: the longer you let this simmer, the more tender the chicken will be. Occasionally we will let it simmer for an hour, being careful to add more broth as needed.


  • 4 5–6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups low-salt GF chicken broth
  • 1 pound tomatillos, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small jalapeño, with seeds, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Brown rice or corn tortillas
  • Thinly sliced radish (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Brown rice or corn tortillas (omit for Paleo)


  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear chicken breasts until golden brown, 3–4 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer chicken to a serving platter.
  5. Add broth to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits.
  6. Stir in tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeño.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until tomatillos start to break down, about 10 minutes.
  8. Return chicken breasts to pan and continue to simmer until sauce is thickened and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes longer.
  9. Season sauce to taste with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  10. Serve atop rice or shredded in tortillas, with radish, cilantro, and lime wedges alongside for garnish