Keto Fried Chicken Recipe with Low-Carb Breading

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This succulent homemade Keto Fried Chicken recipe is perfectly crispy and crunchy with not so secret herbs and spices.

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Keto fried chicken recipe with low-carb breading and spices

Keto Fried Chicken tastes great served with a low-carb side dish of Cauliflower Mash

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This keto fried chicken recipe makes use of our deep fryer that we use to cook our Low Carb Buffalo Wings.

Ensure you check out our article on the Best Deep Fryer Oils for recommendations of oils and fats.

Ketogenic Southern Fried Chicken

Keto Fried Chicken

A delicious, succulent, Keto Friendly take on Southern Fried Chicken. coated in our "Secret Breading Ingredients" then deep fried until golden brown. They're Juicy and Dripping with Flavor!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Gerri

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup parmesan finely grated

Instructions

  • Cut each chicken thigh fillet into 3 evenly sized pieces and place into a bowl.
  • Coat chicken in garlic powder, celery salt, hot chilli powder and dried oregano, mixing well to ensure all the chicken is covered. Leave to marinate for half an hour.
  • Meanwhile whisk the eggs and cream together. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour and powdered parmesan, then pour onto a tray ready to bread the chicken.
  • Turn the deep fryer to 180 degrees Celsius and allow to heat up.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mix and the roll in the almond meal and parmesan mix. Set aside on a tray until ready to fry.
  • Place chicken in the fryer basket, remembering not to over crowd the fryer. I have a small fryer and put 6-8 pieces of chicken in my basket, this will prevent the oil temperature from dropping too quickly and allow the chicken pieces to be totally surrounded by the oil and not stick to each other.
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  • Fry the chicken for 5-7 minutes until it is a dark golden brown. If you are unsure whether the chicken is cooked remove one of the pieces and cut through the thickest area to check.
  • Once cooked through the chicken is ready to eat.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 170g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Ingredients for Keto Fried Chicken

  • 2 pounds of Chicken Thigh Fillets, boneless
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon of Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Meal
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, finely grated

For the purpose of this recipe, we’re using peanut oil in the deep fryer.

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Keto fried chicken in the deep fryer

How To Make Keto Fried Chicken

  1. Cut each chicken thigh fillet into 3 evenly sized pieces and place into a mixing bowl
  2. Coat chicken in garlic powder, celery salt, chili powder, and dried oregano, mixing well to ensure all the chicken is covered. Leave to marinate for half an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and cream together.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl combine almond flour and powdered parmesan, then pour onto a tray ready to bread the chicken.
  5. Turn the deep fryer to 180 degrees Celsius and allow it to heat up.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mix and then roll in the almond meal and parmesan mix. Set aside on a tray until ready to fry.
  7. Place chicken in the fryer basket, remembering not to over-crowd the fryer. I have a small fryer and put 6-8 pieces of chicken in my basket, this will prevent the peanut oil temperature from dropping too quickly and allow the chicken pieces to be totally surrounded by the oil and not stick to each other.
  8. Fry the chicken for 5-7 minutes until it is a dark golden brown. If you are unsure whether the chicken is cooked remove one of the pieces and cut through the thickest area to check.
  9. Once cooked through the chicken is ready to eat.

Is Fried Chicken Keto?

Traditionally the breading used to coat fried chicken is very high carb due to the use of various ingredients (depending on the recipe) like breadcrumbs and wheat flour. So regular fried chicken is not keto-friendly.

However, when making our Keto Fried Chicken recipe those high-carb breading ingredients are replaced with low-carb almond flour (meal).

To make a larger batch of Ketogenic Southern Fried Chicken Thighs, simply adjust the serving amounts in our easy-to-use recipe card above.

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26 thoughts on “Keto Fried Chicken Recipe with Low-Carb Breading”

    • Hi Jeff,

      You sure can. Just don’t add the oil into the air fryer, as you would for a deep fryer!

    • I’m going to try it… Wish the author had responded. Very curious about this as well. Air frying is far healthier, and much less messy, than deep fat frying.

    • Hi Patrick,

      I did reply, you would have scrolled right past my response to write your comment! Did you know that an air fryer is just a small convection oven, so your chicken will be baked, not fried 😉

      You can absolutely cook the chicken in an air fryer – just don’t add the oil like you would for a deep fryer.

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