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Almond Flour Fried Chicken (Paleo, Keto)

Almond Flour Fried Chicken (Paleo, Keto)

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Can you have fried chicken if you are eating keto or paleo?  Some will say you can’t, but you can!  You can do this with almond flour or almond meal!  This almond flour 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. 

Can you fry chicken with Almond Flour?

Yes! Yes you can, and it’s not very hard! In this recipe, I show you how to pan fry it. However, you can also oven bake it too.

Is Almond Flour Really Low Carb?

Yes! Almond flour is much lower in carbs than wheat flours, but higher in fat. A quarter cup of almond flour is 6 grams of carbs, and a quarter cup of 24 grams of carbs.

Dark meat vs. White meat?

Note about the chicken – I prefer to use Chicken thighs, as I find that it cooks juicier. However, you are welcome to use white meat if that is your preference. (Learn more about white vs. dark meats here.)

Pan Fried vs. Oven Baked?

This Paleo and Keto Fried Chicken is pan fried. However, if you prefer you can also bake it in the oven! If you’re going the oven route, bake at 350 degrees F. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, then turn pieces over and bake for another 30 minutes.

Best oil to pan fry chicken

The best oil for frying chicken is really any oil that has a high smoke point. This includes avocado, vegetable, or peanut oil, or grape seed oil.

I don’t recommend using olive oil or coconut oil as it is not good with high heat.

How to make almond flour fried chicken?

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 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!

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).

Almond Flour Fried 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!)

Almond Flour Fried 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.

Almond Flour Fried Chicken
Almond Flour Fried Chicken
Almond Flour Fried Chicken


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Almond Flour Fried Chicken (Pan Fried, Keto, Paleo)

Almond Flour Fried Chicken (Pan Fried, Keto, Paleo)

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!)
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

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Tammy

Friday 30th of July 2021

I tried your recipe last night and was a HIT!!!! I took your advice of putting the chicken carefully in the already heated oil (avocado) and put the timer to 5 minutes each side and there were perfect as yours pictured! I think is also important to put like a finger (horizontal) of oil in the pan (mine are stainless) and keep the heat to #4 in the cooker. I'll repeat this recipe every time from now! Thanks!

TinaTsai

Friday 30th of July 2021

Glad you enjoyed it, Tammy! Thanks for your insight!!

Kim

Sunday 16th of August 2020

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!!

tinatsai

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

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!

Renee D Kohley

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

That is super easy! My girls will adore this - what a great dinner change up!

Megan Stevens

Monday 8th of April 2019

I'm so happy to have found your recipe! It looks great and my son just requested this for his 10th bday dinner. Thank you!

Rey Leon

Friday 23rd of November 2018

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.

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