Pan Fried Chicken (Paleo, Keto, Gluten Free)

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Can you have fried chicken if you are eating gluten free or paleo?  Some will say you can’t, but you can!  You can do this with almond flour or almond meal!  This Paleo Fried Chicken recipe is delicious and actually quite easy to make.

I’m so glad I was able to make this, by the way, because fried chicken is one of my favorite foods EVER.  It’s always difficult to completely give something up you love so much if you are on a diet.  Just keep in mind that just because it’s paleo doesn’t mean you should eat this non stop (even if you want to!)

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
  • Cooking oil/fat of your choice

Instructions

Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk.

Whisk the eggs...
Whisk the eggs…

In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (almond flour/meal, paprika, garlic powder, salt/pepper and cayenne pepper if you want a kick!).

Dry Ingredients
Dry Ingredients

Dip the chicken thigh in to the bowl of eggs, then in to the flour mixture.

First, Egg Mixture
First, Egg Mixture
Then, the flour mixture!
Then, the flour mixture!

Heat up your cooking oil (I used a mixture of coconut oil and butter , but if you are going for dairy free option, skip the butter and use coconut oil or olive oil instead.) in a pan on medium heat. Note about the heat: Almond flour/meal burns more easily than normal flour, which means that if the heat is too high, you will end up with some burnt friend chicken 🙁 so start at medium, and bump down the heat and cook longer as needed!

Melting my butter
Melting my butter

Once your oil is heated and ready, place your chicken pieces in to the pan slowly. Do not crowd the chicken (this will also help it not burn).

Pan Frying the Chicken!
Pan Frying the Chicken!

Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes, and then using tongs, flip them over to the other side. Now, cook for another 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear.  (Remember the note from before, that if the chicken is burning, to bump down heat/cook longer!)

Pan frying my chicken
Pan frying my chicken

And that’s it!  When complete, put aside on some paper towels if you want to make it a little bit less greasy, but when I make this, I don’t even do that as they don’t usually turn out too greasy for me.


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Paleo Fried Chicken (Pan Fried)

Paleo Fried Chicken (Pan Fried)

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
  • Cooking oil/fat of your choice

Instructions

  1. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk.
  2. In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (almond flour/meal, paprika, garlic powder, salt/pepper and cayenne pepper if you want a kick!).
  3. Dip the chicken thigh in to the bowl of eggs, then in to the flour mixture.
  4. Heat up your cooking oil (I used a mixture of coconut oil and butter , but if you are going for dairy free option, skip the butter and use coconut oil or olive oil instead.) in a pan on medium heat. Note about the heat: Almond flour/meal burns more easily than normal flour, which means that if the heat is too high, you will end up with some burnt friend chicken  so start at medium, and bump down the heat and cook longer as needed!
  5. Once your oil is heated and ready, place your chicken pieces in to the pan slowly. Do not crowd the chicken (this will also help it not burn).
  6. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes, and then using tongs, flip them over to the other side. Now, cook for another 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear.  (Remember the note from before, that if the chicken is burning, to bump down heat/cook longer!)

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 259mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 40g

50 comments

  1. I’m so confused 🙁 every single time I try to get chicken it burns and I didn’t even get to 10 minutes!! It was on medium!!

    1. Hi there! I hope I can help! I wonder if the pan still gets too hot? If you’re using cast iron, that may be the case. Next time can you try more olive oil, and bump the heat down even more? If it seems too low, make sure to cover it to let it cook. Also make sure not to crowd the chicken if you are cooking more than one at time, that will also help. Good luck!

  2. I made this and fried in coconut oil. Unfortunately the almond flour breading didn’t stay on the chicken very well, and also doesn’t go crispy.

  3. Oh yum!! I just made this! I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
    Perfect flavor, and crust! The chicken was tender, juicy, and fully cooked. My guests loved it!! I will use this recipe from now on!!
    Thank you for this!!!!

  4. I just made this with organic chicken breast sliced to make large “nuggets.” It only took a few minutes on each side and came out perfect!

  5. I made this today and it was perfect cooked 12 minutes per side. Of course, I used drumsticks, my fave. I believe I will use the breading in many recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Hello, i’m on a Ketogenic diet and was craving for some fried chicken and decided to try this. I boiled my chicken and dried them off with paper towels. I then coated them with almond flour, dipped them in eggs, and recoated them with flour. It was pretty good however, they weren’t crispy, rather soggy.

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