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What the hell is healthy fried chicken?
Just delicious bites of low-carb joy that everyone in the fam will love!
Whether served during the big game…
For the kids after school…
Or as your AL healthy snack for the road…
They’re comforting, smart, and one of the biggest exceptions to the standard rules of fried foods.
Which is another reason why I love them!
Who says fried foods can’t be healthy?
Before I drop this recipe on you, let’s make something crystal clear…
Regular fried chicken IS NOT Healthy for you in the least bit
And especially not fast food fried chicken…
Unless you like food loaded with Trans fats, poor quality poultry, and incredibly unhealthy ways of adding inches everywhere on your body!
And the same thing goes for country fried steak… French fries, onion rings…
And almost everything fried at restaurants worldwide… Including your uncle’s kitchen!
I still love you Uncle Richard
So what makes these magical morsels so different?
You ready? Let’s do this… Here’s what you need
- 2 pounds Organic, Free-Range Chicken
- 3 Free-range Eggs
- Organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
- 4oz coconut or almond flour
- Your favorite seasonings
Are you getting excited yet?
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Skin chicken and chop into nugget sized pieces. Place in a bowl
- Wisk eggs in bowl and place chicken nuggets nearby
- Mix chicken and eggs, making sure they’re well covered in egg batter
- Put coconut or almond flour in bowl and mix in your favorite seasonings – I’m Cajun, so I lean towards the spicier side. Cayenne red pepper, black pepper, Himalayan sea salt, turmeric and garlic powder is what I enjoy. Whatever seasonings you go with, use more than you normally do to make that flavor pop.
- Put 5 large Tbsp. of coconut oil into a small to medium size pan and place on medium-high heat – The amount of oil needed will vary depending on size of pan. You want your nuggets to be half submerged in oil
- Take egg batter covered chicken and completely cover with flour seasoning mix
- Place chicken bites in frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side
- Place fried chicken into oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until crispy
Tips for Healthy Nugget Perfection
To conserve your coconut oil, use a smaller pan to fry the chicken bites.
If cooking nuggets for a party or large group, then using more coconut oil in a larger frying pan will save you a lot of time.
Don’t deep fry the chicken in your oil. Just put enough to create a puddle in your pan that will cook 1/2 of your nuggets.
Using a wire rack in the oven will make your nuggets crispier. I’ve previously used baking dishes, which leaves the nugget crispy except for the side touching the dish/tin.
If you don’t have a wire rack, put a baking dish or tin on the bottom rack and the nuggets directly on the top rack. To minimize cleanup, when putting nuggets directly on the top rack of the oven, pull out both the bottom rack with the baking dish/tin and the top rack out together. This will catch any nuggets or breading that accidentally fall through.
If you use a baking dish or tin, your healthy chicken nuggets will still come out delicious. 1 side will be crispy and the other side will be a little greasier with coconut oil. If you are a die-hard fried food fan, then this may be the best option for you…
This healthy fried chicken recipe is outstanding!
And I hope it gives you some other ideas…
Like adding hot sauce to make breaded boneless hot wings…
How about skipping the breading and just cooking naked boneless wings…
Or maybe even chicken and waffles?
You’ll have to be on the lookout for that gluten-free waffle recipe!
Who do you know that’s a fried food lover?
Do them a healthy favor and share it!
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