This BBQ Chicken Meatloaf is so simple yet so full of flavor! It is whole30 compliant, paleo and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

This BBQ Chicken Meatloaf is so simple yet so full of flavor! It is whole30 compliant, paleo and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

Happy Meatloaf Monday!! That’s right – today is the first Meatloaf Monday and it is a WINNER.  Why meatloaf you ask?  Well first of all, I love meatloaf.  I always have because my mom always made killer meatloaf growing up.  I thought I mostly only loved it back then because hers has milk soaked bread and ketchup in it… but once I started making things healthier in my life I realized what really made a good meatloaf.  A – it has to be moist, a dry meatloaf is no friend of mine.  B – it has to be packed with flavor.  And C – it MUST be smothered with something saucy on top.  If you can do these things you will have the easiest and best dinner you can make.  Meatloaf is great because all you do is mix a bunch of stuff in a bowl, throw it on a pan and bake it.

When thinking up flavor ideas for this meatloaf series I was knee deep the first trimester which meant a lot of pizza was being eaten.  One of my favorite pizzas is BBQ Chicken so turning that into a meatloaf was a no brainer!  So I went with the essentials – BBQ Sauce, red onion and cilantro.  You might be wondering what BBQ sauce I used to make it Whole30… the answer is Tessemae’s!  It is the only compliant BBQ sauce I have tried and liked so you gotta get some.  If you aren’t on a whole30 you can use any you like or make your own, like my Paleo BBQ Sauce.  But now I should leave you because it’s Monday and reading is hard.

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This BBQ Chicken Meatloaf is so simple yet so full of flavor! It is whole30 compliant, paleo and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

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This BBQ Chicken Meatloaf is so simple yet so full of flavor! It is whole30 compliant, paleo and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

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BBQ Chicken Meatloaf {Whole30}

  • Author: Kelsey

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon grated red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (I have a paleo recipe or use Tessemaes for Whole30!)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Topping:

  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine chicken, grated onion, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, almond flour, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, liquid smoke, egg, salt and garlic powder. Mix until evenly combined. Ball up all of the meat mixture and place on a foil lined baking sheet, then form it into a loaf shape, about 8 inches x 4 inches in shape.
  • Spoon ¼ cup of barbecue sauce over the meatloaf and spread evenly over the top. Sprinkle with minced red onion and chopped cilantro.  Bake for 30 minutes.
10 replies
  1. Julie Normand says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    What kind of Liquid Smoke do you use? I usually use Stubb’s Liquid Smoke, but it has cane sugar in it. I want to keep this Whole30 compliant. Thank you for your help!

    Reply
  2. Chante says:

    Best meatloaf I have made! I used Living Nutritional all nature pure liquid smoke from Amazon. My husband loved the recipe and he is a picky eater! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Reply
  3. Jenna says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! This is the best new meal I’ve ever made! The whole family loved it and wants it weekly now! I had to use parsley since there is a cilantro shortage, and used a sugar free honey bbq sauce. Amazing!!!

    Reply

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