Gluten free and fried chicken is two phrases you would ever think would be in the same sentence, but we said it. You heard it here. In fact, we are going to scream it from the rooftops, because gluten free fried chicken is beyond our taste bud’s limits and in fact, quite a real and tangible product. Even our taste buds are screaming from the rooftops for gluten free fried chicken and its inherent realness.
Fried chicken is a staple of life. Being from the south and also being around all things fried growing up as a kid, fried chicken was a way of life. We would have fried chicken smothered in gravy with scrambled eggs for breakfast, a fried chicken sandwich for lunch and a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and fried okra for dinner.
Yes, fried chicken is a friend for all three meals of the day.
Fried Chicken What?
Maybe that is why I am so addicted to the flawlessly golden brown buttermilk breading fried to perfection around juicy, deep fried chicken tenders. Still to this day, twenty something years later, and if I see fried chicken on a menu, you bet you bottom dollar I am ordering.
It is and always will be a way of life for me. That is why it was such a heart breaking moment for me when my doctor suggested I eat a gluten free diet. Wait, but eliminate all of my favorite foods from my daily life? How will I survive? What do I even eat? What is gluten again? These are just some of the questions that bombarded my mind and left me in a state of hopelessness and fried chicken-less despair.
Who cares about the bread, pizza, hamburgers, cupcakes – what about my fried chicken? How would I survive without my fried chicken, I thought. I contemplated for hours, days, and weeks. I even shed a few tears dreaming of a life without fried chicken.
The comfort and peace a plate of perfectly fried chicken paired with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans brings me is simply unmatchable. What would happen to my serenity now? Yoga was not going to cut it.
Gluten Free Fried Chicken
This is where the phrase “gluten free fried chicken” came into my life and forever changed it. Let us say this again:
GLUTEN. FREE. FRIED. CHICKEN.
What is in the actual cluster puck?
Can we just bask in those words for a few moments? Can I hear it from all my people in the back? Can we just say it five times fast? Can we jump leaps of joy for the return of fried chicken into a homegrown Texas girl’s newly gluten free lifestyle?
Like I said above, the phrase “gluten free fried chicken” saved my life…and my sanity.
There is something heavenly about the fact that you can have a gluten free diet and eat fried chicken. It really should be considered a sin to fuse those two polar opposites together in phrase…better yet, into a mouth-watering dish that you will only grow fonder of as time goes by.
The amazing thing about this gluten free fried chicken is that it tastes good.
You cannot even tell that one of the key ingredients of such a Southern staple is missing. There is no gluten in the following fried chicken recipes.
You may not believe me or think that the taste could ever match up to the apostolic gluten full friend chicken, but try this recipe below and try to tell me I am full of B.S. (or gluten). The following life-changing recipe is seriously just that – life changing. I hope the end product brings as much joy to you as it did to this Texan fried chicken addict when I first found the gluten free, guilt free jackpot of glory.
The Most Amazing Gluten Free Fried Chicken Recipe
KFC Style Gluten Free Fried Chicken
This amazing gluten free fried chicken recipe takes the classic tenders from KFC that you have known and love and translates them to a beautiful herb melody of gluten free goodness. They are so good, your entire family will never notice there is no gluten in them and you will live you guilt free life knowing you are adhering to the doctor’s demands.
The special kick of the mimic KFC nuggets is the magical blend of eleven herbs and spices. For this take on fried chicken, you use traditional buttermilk, blending your herb mix and cooking the chicken just right. It sometimes takes a while to nail any fried chicken recipe so do not be too hard on yourself if they do not turn out perfectly on the first try.
Practice makes perfect…perfectly fried gluten free chicken in this case. Prep time takes about ten minutes while cook time takes about twenty to thirty minutes. This recipe yields about eight to ten pieces of deliciously dangerous gluten free fried chicken.
Approximately four pounds bone-in skin-on chicken parts
- 1 ½ cups (12 oz.) buttermilk
- 1 cup (224 grams) plain yogurt OR sub 1 extra cup of buttermilk in place of yogurt
- 2 cups (280 grams) basic gum-free gluten free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons smoke Spanish paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 3 tablespoons (36 grams) sugar
- Natural oil, for frying (peanut is ideal but a mixture of half canola oil and half nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening works great, too!)
Taking a large Ziploc bag or large bowl, place your chicken parts inside with your buttermilk and yogurt. Make sure to coat each chicken piece fully, so that it is completely soaked and good to go. Squeeze out all of the air from the bag before you seal the bag completely. If you are using a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap
Place the soaking chicken in the refrigerator to marinate from anywhere to four to sixteen hours. Once you take the chicken out of the fridge after a good few hours soaking, use a medium sized bowl and let us begin the flavor blend.
Place your flour blend, pepper, salt, paprika, oregano, thyme, parsley, cumin, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and sugar and whisk them all to combine the best you can. Next, pour all over your dry mixed ingredients into a large, Ziploc bag and then line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside for the next delightful phase.
Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and begin setting two pieces at a time in the bag of dry ingredients. Seal the bag and shake, shake, shake what your mama gave you! Make sure the chicken pieces are fully coated and then take them out and gracefully set them on the lined parchment sheet.
Do this to each chicken piece so that when you are done, you have an amazingly beautiful tray of breaded and herbed gluten free chicken waiting to be fried to crispy goodness. While the chicken is sitting, place about three inches worth of frying oil into a large, heavy-bottom pot or fryer.
Clip a deep fry (candy) thermometer on the side of the pot or fryer you are using to fry your chicken. Place the temperature gauge on medium-high heat and bring the oil temperature to an even temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin your first round of frying by places the coating pieces of chicken inside the heated oil.
Take note not to overcrowd the oil and leave ample room for each piece of chicken to cook to its maximum gluten free glory. In order to prevent a chicken fryer’s worst nightmare – chicken sticking to the pan – use a pair of tongs or a spider device in the pot to ensure there is no sticking occurring. If you are using tongs, just hold the chicken inside the oil a little bit above the bottom of the pan for at least thirty seconds.
Fry the chicken for about seven minutes on each side, until a perfectly sealed golden brown covers encapsulates the chicken pieces. Turn the heat down to bring the oil’s temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the chicken to continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches a safe 165 degrees Fahrenheit or about ten minutes.
Using a wire rack placed strategically over a bed of paper towels, allow your chicken to cool for at least five minutes. Serve your warm and juicy gluten free and guilt free chicken with an assortment of dipping sauces. I like to personally use bar-b-q sauce, honey mustard and a classic ranch dressing to dip my chicken into. It is also not a bad idea to serve your chicken with a side of green beans and mashed potatoes.
There you have it – the tastiest gluten free fried chicken you never even knew existed. All thanks to some basic gum-free gluten free flour blend and a will of a fried chicken lover that also needed to cut out the gluten in their life.
Gluten Free Glory
I hope this recipe and gluten free fried chicken phenomenon finds you as lovingly and shockingly as it found me. With the discovery of a gluten free fried chicken recipe that competes with KFC’s finger lickin’ good flavor, I feel like I can take on new challenges in life. That deadline does not seem so difficult to meet and that gluten free lifestyle does not seem so hard to manage.
Gluten free fried chicken might be the best culinary invention in my cookbook to date.
I could only dream of something that could top my indescribably beaming love gluten free fried chicken.
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