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A blog about thriving and feeling awesome, by Brad Rourke

How To Make Paleo Fried Chicken

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

Chicken Dipped In Egg
Almond Flour And Herbs

  • 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.)

Fry The Chicken

  • Bake the chicken on an over rack, about 15 minutes or until done.
  • It will look like this:

Good Eating!


Plated Up!

Plated Up!


  1. Angelique · January 30, 2013 Reply

    I’ve never used almond flour; does it give a unique taste to the chicken?

    • bradrourke · January 30, 2013 Reply

      Well, everything has its own taste . . . but almond flour does not create that much of a different taste. Plus, you can pretty much put any spices you want in it in order to impart unique flavors.

  2. Angelique · January 30, 2013 Reply

    Okay, you REALLY have to stop forcing people to confirm each and every time we want to follow an individual discussion on your site. Why even have them confirm at all? Who would sign someone else up to follow a particular comment on your website? It’s not like subscribing to your site as a whole.

  3. Tara · May 26, 2013 Reply

    Made this last night! My husband is from Georgia and said this was better than his mother’s! This was the best fried chicken I have ever made!! Thank you!!

  4. Brittany · February 21, 2015 Reply

    This is the first fried chicken recipe with almond flour that has ever come out good for me. My new KFC (keto fried chicken )

    thanks so much

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