Thousand Island Paleo Chicken Bake

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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Thousand island chicken bake is a quick paleo recipe! This versatile chicken can be added to your favorite starch or served with a salad.

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How do you make chicken more flavorful? Thousand Island Chicken Marinade!

Let’s talk Thousand Island Chicken Bake. I wanted to bring you an epically easy recipe with the hopes that it helps take some pressure off your meal prep time while still be delicious! This recipe delivers. The thousand island dressing adds richness, tanginess, and a subtle sweetness to the chicken while keeping it moist and tender during the baking process.

What is a chicken bake?

This chicken bake is exactly that–chicken baked in the oven! This process is meant to be incredibly easy to put together to help get dinner on the table faster!

Thousand Island Chicken Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients are in the name–thousand island chicken, and that's all you need to pull together this quick and flavorful chicken bake. Here's the specifics:

  • Chicken Tenders – you'll need 2½ pounds of chicken breast tenders (if you don't have tenders, you can slice 2½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast).
  • Paleo Thousand Island Dressing – to top the chicken, you'll use 1 cup of thousand island dressing.
  • Salt – ¼ of a teaspoon of salt enhances the flavor of the chicken and the sweet and tang of the dressing.
  • Pepper – a pinch of pepper gives just the right amount of spice.
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Ingredient Modifications

This recipe is so simple (for a reason)! Here are a few ways you can change things up while still maintaining the simplicity of the dish.

  • Use chicken thighs – instead of chicken breast strips, use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. No need to alter the baking time.
  • Use a store bought dressing – although the paleo thousand island dressing is super easy to whip up with a few ingredients, I get it! Sometimes you need to press an extra easy button and use a pre-made sauce. Whole30 makes a secret sauce that is paleo.
  • Add dry seasoning – in addition to the salt and pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder would be delicious to sprinkle over the chicken before the dressing for an extra flavor kick.

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How to Serve Chicken with Thousand Island Dressing

This chicken is beautifully paired with your favorite salad (like paleo caprese salad) or veggie side (like paleo cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, paleo cheesy broccoli casserole, or paleo creamed spinach).

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat this Paleo Baked Chicken

To store your leftovers in the fridge, place your baked chicken in an airtight container and consume within 3 days. To freeze your baked chicken, place in a freezer bag or airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove the chicken to the fridge and let it thaw overnight. To reheat, I recommend warming your chicken in a skillet over medium heat or reheating in the oven at 350℉ until warmed through. You can also pop it in the microwave!

Paleo Baked Chicken FAQ

Is chicken on the paleo diet?

Yes! Chicken is on the paleo diet and a great option for protein. I prioritize organic, free-range chicken when buying.

What is the healthiest way to bake chicken?

The healthiest (and tastiest) way to bake chicken is roasted in a healthy fat (like butter or oil–avocado and olive oil are great!) or smothered in a sauce to help maintain the moisture. Adding fat when cooking helps your body better absorb the protein from the meat and balance the macronutrients.

Is it better to sear chicken before baking?

Searing chicken before baking is an optional step, but an opportunity to start to develop flavor by creating a tasty crust on the outside.

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Baked Paleo Thousand Island Chicken

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6


  • 1 recipe Paleo thousand island dressing
  • 2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the thousand island dressing, chicken, salt, and pepper to an 8×8 casserole dish and toss to coat chicken.
  3. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes.

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  1. Amanda says:

    I hate to tell you this, but you might want to check with your doctor before you get new glasses, especially if you need a new prescription. Pregnancy can affect your eyesight-mine advised me to wait to get new ones until after the baby is born.

    1. Cassy says:

      Thanks, Amanda! I’m aware of this. The reason I haven’t ordered glasses yet is because I was waiting to see my eye doctor for a new Rx.

  2. Annika says:

    Do you have a Thousand Island dressing recipe?

    1. Cassy says:

      YES! It was the previous blog post and I’m not sure why the link dropped here. Here’s the recipe:

  3. Sarah says:

    This is so super easy and really good yummmm my family loves it

    1. Cassy says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sarah!

  4. sher says:

    prepared this, unfortunately did not learn till later the amount of oil in dressing, so there was sooo much floating on top it was just awful

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Oh no, we are so sorry about that!