Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Best Keto Fried Chicken I've Ever Had

Healthy keto fried chicken that’s crispy and crunchy, made with boneless thigh meat “breaded” in almond flour and parmesan cheese. Low carb and gluten free.

Craving fried chickien? Here’s an easy and simple recipe for making it at home! Same great crunch and flavor, minus most of the carbs. Each serving (3 fried chicken pieces) has only 2.5g net carbs!

Boneless and skinless chicken thighs are cut into small pieces and “breaded” in a mixture of almond flour, finely grated parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Then they’re dipped in an egg wash and breaded again.

After that, they go straight into the hot oil, deep frying for about 5 minutes until deep brown and cooked through. The end result is fried chicken that’s crunchy and flavorful on the outside, with juicy and tender meat on the inside. Yum!


You’ll Need:


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 18 ounces total)
  • vegetable oil for frying

Egg Wash:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

"Breading":

  • 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


Instructions:


  1. Add 1 to 2 inches of vegetable oil to a pot over medium-high heat. Heat the oil to 350 F, and frequently monitor to maintain the temperature by adjusting the flame during frying.
  2. In a bowl, add eggs and heavy cream, beating until well-mixed. In another bowl, stir together all breading ingredients until well-mixed. Set aside.
  3. Cut each chicken thigh into 3 evenly sized pieces. If moist, pat them dry with paper towels.
  4. Coat each piece first in the breading, then in the egg wash, and then in the breading again, coating all sides. Shake off excess and carefully lower into the hot oil. Fry until deep brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes, and drain on paper towels.
  5. Repeat with the other chicken pieces. You may want to work in batches to avoid overcrowding in the pot -- I usually have 6 chicken pieces frying simultaneously in a 8-inch wide pot.
  6. Serve immediately while hot and crispy.


Notes:

CHECKING THE CHICKEN FOR DONENESS

  • If your chicken thigh pieces vary a bit in size, they may not cook at the same rate. On average, it takes me about 5 minutes to fry them until deep brown and cooked through, but yours may take longer if you have large pieces.
  • To check if your chicken is done, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the thickest part. It should read at least 165 F. If not, give it another minute or two of frying before testing again.
  • Is your chicken is taking much longer than 5 minutes to cook through? Here are possible reasons: the oil may not be hot enough, the chicken may not be completely submerged in oil, your chicken pieces may be unusually large, or you are overcrowding them in the pot.