Keto Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken

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This keto hot and spicy fried chicken recipe has the perfect crunchy coating with a chili kick. One bite and it will be your favorite new low-carb chicken dinner.

Keto Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken in a basket.
Keto hot and spicy fried chicken with low-carb breading, which is much healthier than takeout versions like KFC.

This keto spicy fried chicken recipe makes eight servings. One serving is one piece of chicken with 2g net carbs.

To make your chicken hotter, add cayenne pepper.

Keto Spicy Fried Chicken Ingredients

Keto Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken being lifted from the breading mixture.
Keto Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken Ingredients
  • 8 pieces of Chicken, Thighs, and/or Drumsticks (approximately 3lbs/1.4kg)
  • 2 teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of Salt
  • ⅓ cup of Hot Sauce
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 ½ cups of Unflavored Protein Powder
  • ½ cup of Coconut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon of White Pepper, ground
  • Oil, for deep frying

How to Make Keto Spicy Fried Chicken

Keto Spicy Fried Chicken on a tray.
How to make Keto Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken
  1. Place the chicken into a large bowl.
  2. Add the cayenne, garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and hot sauce. Mix the spices and sauce into the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight for best results.
  3. Once the chicken is marinated and you’re ready to cook it, preheat your deep fryer to 160C/320F.
  4. Prepare the egg wash by whisking the eggs and water in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, add the protein powder, coconut flour, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Pour into a tray or a plate to make coating the chicken easier.
  6. Wipe any excess marinade off the chicken using a paper towel.
  7. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg wash, allowing the excess to dip off, coat in the protein powder mixture, and gently lower into the hot oil. Repeat the process with the other pieces of chicken. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your fryer. NOTE: Ensure that you only bread each piece of chicken just before it is placed into the hot oil. If breaded and set aside, the coating won’t stick properly.
  8. Cook the chicken for about 16-18 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 75C/165F. If cooking in batches, the chicken can be kept warm in a 100C/215F oven until you’re ready to eat.
  9. Serve your chicken with your favorite dipping sauce and a side of Keto Coleslaw.
Keto hot and spicy chicken on a baking tray.

Keto Hot & Spicy Chicken

With just 2g Net Carbs, This keto hot and spicy fried chicken recipe has the perfect crunchy coating with a chili kick. One bite and it will be your favorite new low-carb chicken dinner. This low-carb hot and spicy chicken is much healthier than KFC for keto diets.

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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Gerri

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Ingredients

  • 8 pieces Chicken Thighs and/or Drumsticks (approximately 3lbs/1.4kg)
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/3 cup Hot Sauce
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 ½ cups Unflavored WPI Protein Powder
  • ½ cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon White Pepper ground
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a large bowl.
    8 pieces Chicken
  • Add the cayenne, garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and hot sauce. Mix the spices and sauce into the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight for best results.
    2 tsp Smoked Paprika, 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder, 2 teaspoons Onion Powder, 2 teaspoons Salt, 1/3 cup Hot Sauce
  • Once the chicken is marinated and you’re ready to cook it, preheat your deep fryer to 160C/320F.
  • Prepare the egg wash, by whisking the eggs and water together in a bowl. Set aside.
    2 large Eggs, 1 cup Water
  • In another bowl, add the protein powder, coconut flour, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Pour into a tray or onto a plate to make coating the chicken easier.
    1 ½ cups Unflavored WPI Protein Powder, ½ cup Coconut Flour, 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon White Pepper
  • Wipe any excess marinade off the chicken using paper towel.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg wash, allowing the excess to dip off, coat in the protein powder mixture, and gently lower into the hot oil. Repeat with process with the other pieces of chicken, you may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your fryer. NOTE: Ensure that you only bread each piece of chicken just before it is placed into the hot oil. If breaded and set aside the coating won’t stick properly.
  • Cook the chicken for about 16-18 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 75C/165F. If cooking in batches the chicken can be kept warm in a 100C/215F oven until you’re ready to eat.
  • Serve your chicken with your favorite dipping sauce and a side of Keto Coleslaw.

Video

Keto Spicy Chicken Recipe – Low Carb Deep Fried KFC Alternative (2g Carbs)

Notes

 
 
STORING: Store fried chicken in the fridge for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.

Nutrition

Serving: 190g | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1260mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg
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Keto hot and spicy fried chicken in a basket.
Make your own healthier keto version of spicy fried chicken at home with low-carb breading.
How do you store fried chicken?

Store fried chicken in the fridge for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.

Chilled fried chicken can be reheated in an oven at 160C/320F for 20-25 minutes.

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To make a larger batch of this Keto Spicy Fried Chicken recipe, adjust the servings above.

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I am the founder of My Keto Kitchen. I am a nutritionist, cooking enthusiast, and part-time Van Lifer! Along with a qualified chef, we have created a collection of delicious and healthy recipes.

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2 thoughts on “Keto Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken”

    • Hi Lanie,

      I don’t recommend substituting it. There are very few low carb flours that have a neutral taste and are fine enough to give a really crunchy fried chicken crust.

      Reply

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