Dairy-Free (DF) Gluten-Free (GF) Mains Recipes
Low-Carb Fried Chicken (GFDF)
May 30, 2019
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Today Blake asked me for some old fashioned fried chicken, I guess he had a hankering for some comfort food. So, I set out to figure out a low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free fried chicken recipe.

I starting digging through my flour subs to see what I could come up with and I think I hit the jackpot with this recipe. It came out crispy and flaky, but not too heavy.

I was blown away by how great the texture of the breading was. I think the key was using a dryer flour. The combination of the coconut flour and xanthan gum, really created the perfect crunch.

This recipe is a little high in carbs for those following a strict ketogenic eating style. I’d stick to pork rind breading if you can’t afford the extra carbs. Otherwise, I think this is a low-carb fried chicken recipe for a splurge on occasion when the craving hits as most of the carbs are from fiber.

I don’t recommend this one for the air-fryer. Frying in lard seems to have contributed to the texture and the taste. I would be afraid it would burn in the air fryer. Oil fried all the way for this one!

Also, don’t forget the hot sauce! I LOVE to slather my fried chicken in Crystal Hot Sauce. I’ve been in love with Crystal ever since we visited New Orleans. When it comes to battered and fried meat, you gotta have Crystal!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Fried chicken drumsticks on a paper towel

Low-Carb Fried Chicken

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x


Light and crispy fried chicken. High in fiber and low in net carbs for that occasional comfort food craving!



  • 1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1/2 cup xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lard for frying


  1. Add flours & xanthan gum to a large plastic bag. Season the mixture with paprika, salt, and pepper to taste (paprika helps to brown the chicken).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the almond milk and eggs together with a fork.
  3. Dip chicken pieces in almond milk and egg then, a few at a time, put them in the bag with the flour, seal the bag and shake to coat well.
  4. Heat the lard to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with lard.
  5. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. You can also fry in a deep fryer if you have one, I did mine in my fry daddy…two legs at a time.
  7. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels and nom!

  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: fried chicken, low-carb fried chicken


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition counselor, consultant, and educator. Heather is currently a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner candidate. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and self-directed healthcare. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for improved health and wellness. Heather successfully avoided radiation and chemotherapy and healed her body of vulvar cancer utilizing a food-as-medicine approach combined with alternative and conventional interventions. Heather has also put two autoimmune diseases into remission (Hashimoto's and Lichen Sclerosus) and reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver through diet and lifestyle change.

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