Whole30 Chuletas

These crispy, fried Whole30 Chuletas are so delicious and have a Puerto Rican flair! These are inspired by the way my mother-in-law makes them, but a paleo version.

You’ll want to make a lot of them as they go fast! They’re similar to chicken tenders, but thinner strips and with pork instead of chicken. We love to have them during a movie night, so fun!

Paleo Ingredients

When I was first introduced to these, they were made with all purpose wheat flour. To make these paleo friendly, whole30 compatible, and gluten free, I make them with cassava flour.

Cassava is by far my favorite grain free flour for frying. It sticks well and doesn’t burn quickly, instead it gets a very nice golden, crispy brown. It has a very nice taste and texture when finished as well.

I frequently use this brand from Amazon, and while any paleo flour is more expensive than regular white or wheat flour, this is currently the cheapest I’ve seen for Cassava flour on Amazon.

Another favorite brand of cassava flour is Thrive Market’s. Not familiar with Thrive Market? Think Amazon meets Whole Foods but at Costco prices. You can get discounted health food items and more delivered to your door! You can filter by many diets and lifestyles (think paleo, Whole30, gluten free, kosher, etc.) and find a lot of products to meet your needs. They also have meat and seafood, cleaning products, and toiletries.

Not a member yet? Check it out here, and get 25% off your first order plus a free gift! Their free gifts are amazing, I’ve been able to try products this way I wouldn’t have ordinarily, and they always have fun ones too!

When purchasing Sazon seasoning, beware of added MSG! The big brands for this product typically put MSG in their Sazon. This is the one I buy. I use it a lot so I love that I buy it only once in awhile since it’s a large container! This brand has no fillers or MSG in their Sazon. Win win!

Whole30 Compatibility

You can enjoy these chuletas knowing you’re nourishing your body! They are both paleo friendly and Whole30 compatible. Whole30 prohibits deep fried food for a variety of reason, but these are shallow/pan fried and not a problem. Be sure to stick to the coconut oil and not switch to a non compatible oil!

The ingredients all line up too, so nothing to worry about here! The flour is grain and gluten free, there is no butter involved in frying, and the spices are clean as well.

How to Serve

These are served well with Puerto Rican cauli-rice or Spanish rice. Also with a nice salad to balance out the fried food too, or some fresh veggies.

They also pair deliciously with BBQ, Ranch, or honey mustard!

Ranch Dressing is super easy to make, and it tastes SO fresh when homemade! The ingredients in this ranch dressing recipe are all clean, and also Whole30 compatible! A bonus is that it’s yeast free too! While nothing is wrong with yeast, it’s just an added benefit for those of us who can’t tolerate it well.

While honey mustard doesn’t sound Whole30 compatible, there’s a way it can be! Check out this recipe for a Whole30 compatible honey mustard. It’s super delicious and you’ll want to get making it quick! It also is yeast free.

Looking for a premade dip? Check out the New Primal! All (yes ALL!) of their dips and sauces are Whole30 approved and paleo friendly! Many are keto friendly too. They have buffalo sauce, 3 varieties of ranch dressing, citrus zest dressing, 2 flavors of BBQ sauce, and more. Endless possibilities! Use code THECLEANHAPPYLIFE for 15% off at checkout.

How to make Whole30 Chuletas

To make Whole30 Chuletas, start by heating oil in a skillet over medium heat.

While the skillet is heating, scramble the egg in a bowl and set it aside. In another small bowl, mix the flour and spices and set aside.

Next, chop the pork chops into roughly half inch strips. Try to make each strip even in terms of thickness so that it will cook evenly.

Dredge the pork strips in the egg, then in the flour mix.

Take the coated pork strips and place as many as will fit into the frying pan. Fry for roughly 3 minutes on each side, or until they’re golden and crispy all around. Remove to a plate with paper towel.

Between batches, it may be necessary to clean the skillet it the flour falls to the bottom of the pan. Wipe out the skillet, and add more oil as needed.

Enjoy!

Chuletas

Crispy fried pork strips
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • coconut oil for frying
  • 4-5 boneless pork chops
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • 1 tbsp. sazon season

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat for frying.
  • Scramble the eggs in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and seasoning together.
  • Chop the pork chops into half inch strips.
  • Dredge the strips in the egg, and then into the flour mixture.
  • Place as many strips as will fit into the fry pan in a single layer. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy all around. Remove to a platter and sprinkle more sazon if desired.
  • When removing chuletas from the pan, clean the pan or add more oil if necessary for the remaining chuletas. Serve warm!

Notes

For leftovers, reheat in a toaster oven or convection oven to get some of the crispiness back.
Keyword pork, puerto rican
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3 thoughts on “Whole30 Chuletas”

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