Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken Plantain Salad

I need to get my nails done. Like, bad.

Who thought up, ‘you know, I want John Travolta to play the mom in the movie Hairspray’? So strange. And uncomfortable.

So on Monday, I posted a lil’ picture on instagram of the food I was eating at my favorite restaurant Cuba Cuba with the special man in my life. I even tagged him in it. Only because his instagram is private and you have to request to follow him. So once I posted it, he got 16 follow requests. All from women that he didn’t know. HA! We are nosy sons of b*tches, aren’t we ladies? I know I sure am. I once stalked How Sweet It Is blog for an hour trying to find a picture of her husband that she always talked about. That’s weird. But thanks for creeping on my boyfriend. He’s real good lookin’, I promise you!

I wish I had a Trader Joe’s.

I’m in a slight depression that I have to wait the entire summer to see ‘Shameless’ again.

WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON WITH THIS SNOW!?!?!? This time last year, I was in a sun dress in the park, watching people play volleyball since I’m too uncoordinated to play along with them. I’d like to be doing that again. But no, instead I am heating my car up for 15 minutes since my ice scraper is broken. Then getting parking tickets because I’m too lazy to put my boots and snow jacket back on to fill the meter. I love to bathe in my own self pity on times. Obviously. The sun will be here soon and life will be lovely. With sundresses. LOTS of them.

Speaking of sundresses, I just bought four new ones. One from Victoria Secret and one from ModCloth. If shorts won’t fit me, at least sundresses will. And that’s what I will wear the entire summer. Not sure what I’m going to workout in, but it’s looking like naked is going to be my only option.

I want a cookie.


Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken Plantain Salad

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large yellow plantain (still slightly green – should not be mushy or soft), peeled and diced
  • 1/2 pound cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon raw honey


  1. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and minced garlic.
  2. Once garlic has become fragrant, add the diced plantains to the hot pan and cook on all sides until the become slightly crispy and light brown.
  3. Then add your cooked and shredded chicken to the pan to crisp up.
  4. Season chicken and plantains with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.
  5. Once plantains and chicken are crispy, remove from heat.
  6. Dice up red onion and celery, place in a large bowl along with the dijon mustard and raw honey, then mix in the plantain and chicken.
  7. Add a bit more salt and pepper as needed.
  8. Eat up you happy bastard you.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


86 thoughts on “Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken Plantain Salad”

  1. You rock those sundresses. Seriously, they’re the only things I want to wear all summer. Anything else is too hot and sticky here in Oklahoma.

  2. Looks tasty, other than the celery. Which, by the way, is the worst thing god ever created.

    Will have to give this one a go this weekend, minus the soul-crushing celery. Maybe I will try a little jicama for the crunch instead.

  3. woman. sundresses are the ONLY thing to wear in the summer. They NEVER make you feel fat! Plus, who gets hot in a sundress???

    I’ve also stalked How Sweet – I wanna know what her hubby looks like! Why are we so nosey….

  4. My excitement for this recipe is through the roof!!! I just used plantains for the first time last week (in your cilantro cauli rice with plantains and chicken recipe) and FEEL. IN. LOVE.


    PS, you need to start linking which dresses you buy. Like you said, nosy. And I also can’t fit in shorts, so I need to see my options. 🙂

  5. Cuba Cuba is my fav too. My husband took me there on our first date. Their mojitos are what got him into my pants. On the first date!? I married him so it’s ok.

    You know we are getting a Trader Joe’s right?

  6. I stalked, no lie and sadden that his acct was private. I wish instagram would zoom in on the iphone so we can peep on the main picture more 🙂
    sundresses are the best!!!

    1. Screenshot it, then zoom in on the picture….yeah, I’m a nosy B :-p

      Really Juli, I have read your blog for a long while and really happy to see you happy with a nice guy 🙂 Also, this recipe might make me try plantains! looks delicious.

  7. I’m always looking for lettuceless salads and this looks perfect. I think I’ll make it for next week. I usually eat the same things for about two weeks straight and my current meal of choice is getting a little outdated.

    SUNDRESSES ALL SUMMER LONG. The only time they suck is when it’s windy but you just learn to deal.

  8. I have never cooked a plantain before. I actually bought my first one this weekend to make your baked plantain chips (in your cookbook). Just waiting for them to ripen a bit.

    I also wear sundresses and skirts all summer. But I also wear bike or yoga shorts under them, b/c my thighs rub together, and chaffing sucks!

  9. Girl, you crack me up.

    I didn’t get the Hairspray casting either. Maybe he was friends with the producer and one night around beers Travolta leaned over and said, “You know what would be awesome? …”

  10. This looks amazing!! I’ve tried out a ton of your recipes and they never disappoint!

    In terms of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, I think it was a great choice! She has always been (and I think always has to be when you buy the rights to do the play) done in drag. The original Edna was played by Divine and since then it has always been drag. Since John Waters was the original director it’s not terribly surprising it turned out that way!

  11. Your blog is one of the highlights of my week! Your randomness makes me feel at home…because that is exactly how my brain works 🙂

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! You make Paleo fun and yes sundresses are for girls who squat & deadlift therefore I own MANY!

  12. Seriously, all of your plantain recipes are amazing. My copy of your cookbook is arriving today, SO EXCITED!

    And I don’t think any other clothes are needed for summer other than sundresses, they’re the best. I bought a bunch last summer in different colors from NY& Co (like $20 each!) and Old Navy (I know, but $12 each!). Amazing.

  13. Alternative for plantains? Not too many plantains in the midwest : ( No Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods for hours!! Boo!

  14. Until now I’ve never heard of a “Plantain.” The dish looks delicious, though. Wow! Will have to google “Plantain” so I know what to look for in the market.

  15. HAHA! This was a regular delicious looking meal that I am definitely making. But just regular until I read this “Eat up you happy bastard you.”

    Amazing. Stay cool, Juli.

  16. I have hated mustard all my life… turns out my parents just didn’t know how to buy good mustard! I am in a mustard kick right now and this looks divine!

    I live in Washington where the sun only shines for like 6 weeks a year, and both my daughters and I totally rock sundresses all year long! We just wear sweaters and leggings with cute rain boots the rest of the year, and toss on a scarf and Uggs during the winter! We love them!

  17. This looks yummy! Speaking of cold…last night the weather was 38 degrees. I pulled the garden hose out of my pool when it was through filling up (just had a new liner installed), brought in my hibiscus and lavender plants so they wouldn’t freeze and die in the night, and made a gigantic pot of chili. The only thing I should have been doing at the end of April is filling my pool! This weather is ridiculous. On the upside…75 and 80 degrees here this weekend. I fully plan on coming to work with a little color on Monday 🙂

  18. I just tried my first plantain over the weekend while trying to make your plantain pancakes. I recently discovered through allergy testing that I have a ton of food allergies and can no longer have eggs. Alas, the pancakes did not turn out using the egg substitute… but I still ate every last bit of that DELICIOUS batter! It reminded me of my (pre-paleo) beloved oatmeal or hot cereal when warmed up. You have officially made me a fellow plantain lover. I also adore mustard so I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. I am thinking about adding some jalepenos for a little extra spice! Thank you for all of the fabulous recipes and humor you provide for us! I have yet to make something from here that I didn’t love!!! 🙂

  19. i wore sundresses for an entire summer and they were the most comfortable attire i could’ve chosen! easy on, easy off, and breezy!

    hang in there, the snow will melt and sun will shine in the second sunniest state in the union.

    the photography is really beautiful on this post!! way to go!

  20. Apparently there is a topless 5k in Littleton this fall. At a nudist colony…so working out naked might be okay…at said nudist colony. Weird.

  21. True about the snow (I’m in Ft Collins) but then I think of last summer with all of the fires and how my allergies and asthma went insane … I’ll take the snow if it keeps the fires away! Soon enough it will be time for sundresses 🙂

  22. I just cooked this for myself and I must say, Juli, you’re amazing!!!! This is the first recipe I’m trying from the blog, and the first ofical Paleo meal I’ve had.
    I’m gonna cook this again for my family, hahaha.
    It didn’t look as pretty, though, or else i’d send you a picture.
    Thank you for this! 🙂

  23. Just made this recipe everything tasted great but I would almost double the chicken or cut the mustard in 1/2. It was a bit overpowering for our taste. But the plantains were amazing!

  24. Wow, this looks so good!!! And the last(and only) time I had plantains was in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I loved how they cooked them. Anyway, thanks so much for the recipe. My mom and step-dad are Paleo, and thus I am too. The thing is, is that they are perfectly satisfied with green beans/asparagus and cubed beef/lamb every single day. I need a little variety in my life… so thank you for having this blog. I’m going to start making dinner from now on. 🙂

  25. I love anything to do with plantains (having lived in West Africa)…on next week’s menu for sure! Just made your turkey artichoke meatballs again tonight and they were epic! If you need a cookie, check out whatrunslori.com – her Fudgey Paleo Cookies are off the hook. And nut free! And super fast &easy. 🙂 add in some chopped up super dark chocolate & they’re even better!

  26. I made this last night. To make things easy, I just bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The change I made to the recipe was to take some of the chicken skin and chop it up and add it in while the garlic and plantains were cooking. It crisped up and became like little chicarones and add so much flavor!

  27. I die a little inside when Shameless ends for a season. At least a 1/2 season of Breaking Bad is coming up.
    This recipe looks awesome – love plantains and can’t wait to try them this way. Plantain chips from TJ’s got me through a few weeks of pregnancy when I couldn’t hardly eat.

  28. Ok confession time.. I did try and check your man out on Instagram;( I am very nosey. This recipe looks Yummo. This maybe a good lunch to take to the beach this summer. I sooo need to get sun dresses for this summer.. They would be perfect for Southern California.

    Juli you rock and make my BFF and I laugh all the time

  29. Enjoy that Trader Joes! I’m a Trader Hoe (Intentional) employee Southern California and I’m guilty of wanting to transfer to one of the new ones popping up in Colorado.

    Anyway, this looks good. I shall make and I shall eat.

  30. Nice work on the pic! Is that a linen napkin I see? I have yet to see one of those on your site…..tee heee. Keep up the good work.

  31. Love your blog! I don’t eat meat, but I do seafood. Do you think shrimp could be a good sub for the chicken? Or some other sea creature?

  32. Hooooooly shiz this is delicious. It tastes like mcdonnalds chicken nuggets and fries dipped in honey mustard. I only used 1/4 red onion and it’s kickin.

    I can die happy.

  33. Great job on your pictures, I remember you mentioning a professional food pornographerist(I just made that up) you got tips from!! This looks absolutely YUMMY!

  34. This was the most delicious thing ever. Juli- I am obsessed with your blog, and it makes it so easy to eat paleo. I kind of wish I were you because you’re a bad ass 🙂

  35. Picture it – I had to get a temporary crown put on this week, and the &$*@# thing fell off last night during happy hour. I had to go in this morning and get it put back on, so basically I hadn’t eaten in almost a day out of sheer terror. 🙂 Finally driven to the kitchen just now by my hunger pangs, I made this. HEAVEN IN A BOWL. Even if I could only chew on one half of my mouth. Thanks for another winner!!!

  36. Dude. Dude, seriously? Best chicken salad I’ve had in forever. Never had plantains before, and they were BOMB in this. I added 1 shredded carrot and a handful of sunflower seeds. Fantasmical. My son had pneumonia at Christmas (went on for 2 weeks) and his little immune system took a beating (hasn’t been the same since!). My fiance and I have been primal for over a year now, but I was reluctant to make the switch for my kiddos, until now. Taking out all the allergins in my son’s diet, I’m trying to find recipes that are healthy, delish, and kid friendly and this def hit the spot. He gobbled it up – so know you’re making a difference not only in my life, but in my kids lives as well. Your recipes are bomb. Thanks for being awesome!

  37. Made this tonight, pretty tasty. Never had plantain before, let alone cook it! Do you happen to have nutritional value on hour recipes? I’m trying to track. Thanks!

  38. I just made this for dinner (eating it as I type) and it’s AMAZING. I think this is my favorite recipe of yours so far. Great flavor & crunch. Tossed in a handful of cashews too…delicious! Thank you!

    1. I made this the other day and it was awesome that day, but a day or two after everything got soggy. Try cooking and chopping everything the day before and mixing together right before you go. I do that a lot with salads like this.

  39. I live in Northeastern Japan…can’t find plantains anywhere…are there any good suggestions about other options…I know you told someone else sweet potatoes but Japanese sweet potatoes are sort of weird. Super dry.

  40. I made this for myself, who is amateurish in her paleo-enlightenment, as well as my husband, who is all things mockery of paleo enlightenment. (I love him anyway, little does he know how much he eats is paleo because ***I*** control the groceries! Muuwwaahaahaa!) Anyway, I wanted to write about how it WAS instead of how good it looks, and that I want to try it…like most reviews! I followed it nearly to the letter, just increasing the spices and adding cilantro and cumin because spicy is delicious-y. So good! The sweetness of the plantain goes to well with the spice of the chicken. Can’t have too much plantain, my opinion only. As I’m a mustard fan, I doubled the sauce. Crunch vs. soft was also a good combo… Your taste buds won’t be bored. Very flavorful, almost too easy to prep, I could good this in bulk and pop it onto some lettuce daily and be happy. Bravo!!

  41. I made this yesterday afternoon for my husband and I’s lunch today. It took all my strength to not stand and eat it right then and there. A great twist on the ol “chicken salad”. I think this might be a new staple. I’m SO excited for lunch today. Also visiting a friend Thursday who just had twins. I think I’ll whip up a batch for her too! Thanks for being so inspiring!

  42. I do not cook. But, I saw this the day you posted it and was intrigued by the ingredients and simplicity. This weekend, I finally picked up the couple of ingredients I didn’t have, switched out the cayenne pepper for chipotle (I LOVE chipotle) and used about 3/4 lbs chicken rather than 1/2… and am in love!!! It was soooo good!!


  43. Just because I like to track what i eat and ingredients, etc. I did this on calorie counter. I k now many who don’t bother counting, so it is just for those who want it.

    One of my fav meals so far!

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 332 g
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 589
    Calories from Fat 230

    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 25.5g 39%
    Saturated Fat 18.8g 94%
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 87mg 29%
    Sodium 452mg 19%
    Total Carbohydrates 59.7g 20%
    Dietary Fiber 4.1g 16%
    Sugars 41.0g
    Protein 36.1g
    Vitamin A 25% • Vitamin C 34%
    Calcium 5% • Iron 13%
    Nutrition Grade C+
    * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

  44. Holy wow. This is the perfect combo of spicy, sweet, crunchy and soft. Delish! I’m doubling the recipe next time. Nom nom nom

  45. Holy cow this is great! I added bacon to it. Just because I am a bacon addict….soo yummy! Thanks Juli its awesome!

  46. One of my favorite recipes so far! I love the crunchiness of the chicken and the kick of the mustard. First time I ever ate a plantain. Your recipes are so interesting and different. Keep them coming!

  47. Awesome!! I love plantains and was super happy to find this recipe. Since I’m in the middle of an auto-immune protocol, I skipped the cayenne pepper and threw in some cumin instead. Delicious!!

  48. This is like a party in my mouth! It’s super easy and delicious. I do make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day. I think they hold up pretty well–not soggy, but not cruchy either. I deal!

  49. I keep commenting on the recipes you share that I have made and every single one is awesome. I must express how much I love them! For me, I would maybe use 3 TBSP of mustard because it overpowered the other ingredients. And maybe add cashews. Thanks again!

  50. PaleOMG is right. I have tried many of your recipes since starting this diet. This one is my favorite so far. I have many others pinned to try. Thanks so much for inventive recipes that keep things interesting.

  51. Husband and teenagers approved. My son practically at the plate. I used English cucumbers in place of celery because I had a Costco package of them. Came out great. Thx

  52. This was delicious!!! Really easy to make too. didn’t have precooked chicken so used chicken thighs. Also added some turmeric to the chicken while cooking. I want to eat the whole thing! Next time I think I’ll try it by adding curry powder. Thanks!

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