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Crispy Low Carb Fried Chicken

A delicious Low Carb Fried Chicken Recipe perfect for picnics, road trips, or dinner any day of the week. This keto fried chicken is perfect anywhere, anytime.

Low Carb Gluten Free Fried Chicken.

Low Carb Fried Chicken

One thing I’ve missed since going low carb is Fried Chicken, while it’s not super high in carbs it certainly got more than I can safely eat. I was lamenting the loss of Fried Chicken and then this keto fried chicken recipe came along and suddenly picnics were saved!

Does Fried Chicken Have Carbs?

Yes, it does. Traditional fried chicken does have carbs when it’s made with flour, cracker crumbs, panko, or breadcrumbs. Or any combination of those items.

This keto or low-carb gluten-free fried chicken is made with almond flour. Cooked in hot oil the almond coating makes for a crispy coating that even carb-aholics will enjoy. Ask my kids!

Keto Fried Chicken

I owe this one ALL to Erika’s Kitchen. Erika is a blogger friend of mine who started her own low-carb condiment business.

Somehow fried chicken came up in our conversations,(yes food bloggers ARE weird!) and she suggested I try her recipe. I did and DANG she was right, it makes damn delish fried chicken. And it’s low carb.

low carb fried chicken

When I made the recipe I doubled the batch and made some to take on a road trip. It made phenomenal low carb, road trip eats along with all the other Low Carb Road Trip Snacks I packed.

Lunch basket stuffed with gluten-free low carb fried chicken

Although I will say the coating wasn’t as crisp and crunchy as it was when the chicken was fresh, I still liked it. More importantly, it kept me on the keto diet when everyone was eating happy picnic food.

low carb fried chicken

Of course, I changed Erika’s recipe up a bit, isn’t that the way it goes? I added a few more spices and a couple of pinches of salt.

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I also soaked the chicken pieces in buttermilk, like my grandmother did, to give it that old-fashioned country tang. Obviously buttermilk is NOT keto or “low carb” but remember you’re only soaking it in buttermilk, you’re not eating a bunch of it.

You can skip the buttermilk but don’t skip making this recipe!

Yield: 8 servings

Low Carb Keto Fried Chicken

low carb fried chicken

A delicious Low Carb Fried Chicken perfect for picnics, road trips or dinner any day of the week.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soak TIme 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds boneless chicken, thighs OR breast
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp hot sauce, I used Sriracha but feel free to use what you like
  • 4 cups oil, coconut or vegetable
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasonings
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, optional
  • 1-2 pinches salt
  • Corn Starch, helps the batter stick, you don't need much!


  1. cut the chicken into pieces roughly 2x3 inches and place in a baking pan
  2. mix the buttermilk and the hot sauce and pour over the chicken, cover and refrigerate for up to an hour, 30 minutes is the bare minimum
  3. meanwhile mix the almond meal and the spices together in a shallow bowl
  4. when ready to cook heat the oil to 350˚, use a candy thermometer to test the oil for best results
  5. lightly beat the eggs and place in a shallow bowl
  6. set out a shallow bowl with corn starch in it
  7. drain the chicken
  8. set up an assembly line for coating chicken, you want chicken, corn starch, eggs, almond meal, and the hot oil, also set out a couple of towels for wiping your hands, it's helpful when your hands are a mess
  9. when the oil reaches 350˚ it's time to cook--dip a piece of chicken in the corn starch, then in the egg mixture, then toss gently in the almond meal, shake off the extra meal, and carefully place the piece it in the hot oil
  10. repeat with 2-3 more pieces
  11. cook 5-8 minutes
  12. meanwhile preheat the oven to 325˚, line a baking sheet with foil, and put a cooling rack over it
  13. when the chicken is nicely browned remove it from the oil and place it on the cooling rack
  14. repeat with the remaining chicken
  15. once all the chicken has been fried place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked through


  • use a candy thermometer to test the oil, for best results
  • some people prefer coconut oil but use what you like best or have on hand
  • if you're Paleo or Whole30 you can just skip the buttermilk soak

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 750Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 119gCholesterol 185mgSodium 367mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 6gSugar 7gProtein 36g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

18 thoughts on “Crispy Low Carb Fried Chicken”

    • This for the Keto Diet, you don’t count calories, just macros. I don’t know how it would do in an air fryer, I don’t own one.

  1. buttermilk unfortunately is not Keto Friendly. It’s cultured using low-fat milk so it retains all the sugars. If your serious Keto use soured milk instead. Regular whole milk with bit of vinegar.

    • You’re right of course buttermilk is NOT keto BUT we’re not drinking it we’re using the acidity of it to
      tenderize the chicken. We are not asking anyone to drink the buttermilk or cook it after marinating, it should be thrown out after it does its job. If you feel like marinating this in milk with vinegar you can certainly try it.

    • I think you’ll have to figure out how much of the ingredients you use between all the chicken pieces and see how much is leftover.

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