Keto Fried Chicken

by Clean Keto Lifestyle

Keto Fried Chicken is the best!  It is a classic comfort food that is easy to make and delicious. Our version is crispy, juicy, and completely satisfying. This dish is keto, low-carb, grain-free, and gluten-free!

Keto Fried Chicken

Keto Fried Chicken

What is it about fried chicken that is so addicting? We were so excited when we created this recipe! Now you can enjoy the crispy, juicy chicken, even on keto!

We can't wait to tell you how we created a low-carb “breading” that gives you the satisfying crunch, without all the carbs. 

It is so easy to make and is ready to serve in under 20 minutes!

Keto Fried Chicken

A Weeknight Staple

You will want to serve this dish over and over again. It'll become a part of your regular weekly menu.

Oh, and it doesn't need deep-fried either. We made it in the oven.

There is a small part of the recipe where you sear the thighs for a little bit in a skillet, but then you bake them the rest of the way. 

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Our Foolproof Method

Our method consists of first frying the chicken in a skillet for a few minutes to give is a good crust.

Then we bake it in the oven to ensure the chicken is crispy outside and fully-cooked, juicy inside.

It is perfection. 

Keto Fried Chicken

How to Make Spicy Keto Fried Chicken

Our recipe uses just a small bit of paprika and cayenne pepper.

But if you like your fried chicken to have more of a kick, add more cayenne pepper and some red pepper flakes.

You'll notice more heat for sure! 

Keto Fried Chicken

What's In Keto Fried Chicken? 

To make our keto fried chicken, we used the following low-carb ingredients. 

Pork Rinds Egg Seasonings

Mix Two Separate Bowls

Put the dry ingredients in one bowl and the eggs, salt, and pepper in the other bowl.

You'll use these different bowls for dipping. 

Ingredients for Fried Chicken

Coat the Chicken and Cook

Go through and coat the chicken thighs with your mixtures.

First, dip them in the egg mixture. Then, toss them in the pork rind mixture. Do this for all your chicken pieces and set them aside on a plate. 

As you can see, we didn't cut the thighs up at all. But if you wanted, you could slice them into thinner pieces. This will make them cook faster and make them a little easier to handle. 

After they are all coated, fry them in some coconut oil, then bake them in the oven. 

Chicken in Pork Rind Mixture

Are Pork Rinds Keto-Friendly? 

Yes, pork rinds are definitely keto-friendly. 

But read the nutrition facts and ingredients list before you buy them. Once in a while a variety of pork rinds could have added sugar.

Just make sure and pick out the ones with as few ingredients as possible. 

Keto Fried Chicken

Can You Use Chicken Breast or Legs Instead? 

We recommend using chicken drumsticks/legs before you try to make this recipe with chicken breast. You see, thighs have more fat and dark meat on them. So they fry better. Chicken breasts will cook faster and might even turn out drier. 

If you choose to make this recipe with chicken drumsticks, pay close attention to the cooking temperature.

You could try to bake them for an hour at 375°F and skip the frying step.

Then, use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked to an internal temperature of 170-175°F.  We like this higher temperature for dark meat.

Keto Fried Chicken

Don't Forget the Dill Pickles

We love adding a few sliced pickles on top of fried chicken.

The tanginess goes perfect with the crunchy-hot fried chicken.

Pickles are basically just cucumbers, vinegar, spices, and water. For a little extra fun, add a few extra spicy pickles! Oh yum! 

Keto Fried Chicken

What to Serve with Keto Fried Chicken

This is a recipe the entire family will love. They won't even know it is Keto. Serve it with some of our favorite side dishes for an unforgettable meal. 

Keto Fried Chicken


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