It had become a sad, familiar exchange. My son, a strong 15 year old young man, would come into the kitchen around 5 pm or so. “What’s for dinner?” he would ask. “Chicken,” I’d say. Daring to hope, he’d reply with another question: “What kind?” That’s when I would disappoint. “Grilled,” I’d say. Or “roasted” or “broiled” or something else.
But never the word he longed to hear: “FRIED.”
Yes, Paleo parents can really cramp a guy’s gustatory style.
Everyone loves fried chicken, and I got to feeling down that I could not provide it from my Paleo kitchen. So I found a fried chicken recipe that is totally Paleo-compliant, courtesy of the awesome book Paleo Comfort Foods.
I made this the other night, and you should have seen the smile on people’s faces when they started eating.
- Chicken parts (legs and thighs work best — since everyone digs drumsticks, I used all drumsticks)
- 2c Blanched Almond Flour
- 1T Salt
- 1T Pepper
- 1T Paprika
- 1tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 3T Dried Thyme
- 4 Eggs
- 1C Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix up the eggs in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
- Heat oil in a large pan to medium-high
- Dip chicken in the egg, then coat in the almond flour mixture
- News Flash: Now you fry the chicken. JUST fry it until it is brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side. DON’T move it too much, or the crispy good stuff will come off! (That’s another good reason to use drumsticks: handles.)
- Bake the chicken on an over rack, about 15 minutes or until done.
- It will look like this: