You guys, this low carb fried chicken is the thing picnic dreams are made of! With its flavorful, crunchy breading, no one would ever think this is one of your low carb recipes…
Plus, it’s SO simple, and SO fast, this healthy recipes perfect for whipping up for a crowd.
I love low carb chicken recipes like this one because they’re an inexpensive and fast way to meal prep an entire week’s worth of low carb dinners. Plus, they taste like eating at a home-cookin’ restaurant – minus the extra carbs and cost! Win-win!
Let’s get started!
This low carb fried chicken is, in a word, mouthwatering! What I love most about this recipe…
My husband and I did a side by side taste test of fried chicken recipes. He was a chef (and a dang good one!), so he made traditional fried chicken. I made this low carb version. After a blindfold taste test, neither of us could tell the difference. SERIOUSLY! Why waste the carbs?! This stuff is MAGIC!
- Made from just 3 ingredients plus some seasonings!
- On the table in under 45 minutes!
- All of the crunchy, salty, tender flavors and textures you crave in fried chicken!
This recipe is so simple and takes no time at all!
There are really only a few ingredients to this easy, peasy recipe:
Chicken tenders – There are two of these soft cuts of meat per chicken, one attached to each side of the breast. You can usually buy a pack of them at the grocery store. But, if you can’t find them, you can make something similar by taking chicken breast and cutting it into ½ inch strips.
Pork rinds – these may win the award for the most underutilized ingredient. Fried pigskin pieces, also called cracklins, make a yummy chip-like snack and work beautifully as a low carb breading when crushed up. Plus they add amazing flavor! Find them in the snack aisle!
Since our breading is already fried, we get to bake our fried chicken in the oven! It’s a MIRACLE! (If you’ve made fried chicken in a pan, you know what I’m talking about…)
Tools To Make
This low carb fried chicken recipe uses 2 of the most basic kitchen tools of all!
- Oven: Again, the reason we can get away with this is because the pork rinds are ALREADY fried, meaning we get to utilize their crunch without the hassle! Smart, right?
- Baking sheet: Just a plain old baking sheet, cookie sheet, jelly roll pan – any will do! Just get a flat metal surface and cover with foil and presto! You’re good to go!
Like any meat, you’ll want to store these low carb fried chicken pieces in an airtight container in the fridge. You can eat them cold, just like normal fried chicken, or rewarm them in the toaster oven or oven.
You can reheat them in the microwave as well, but they won’t be as crispy, and I wouldn’t recommend it.
Can You Freeze These?
Yep, you can! That’s a great way to make these last longer. Store a whole batch in an airtight container in a single layer, not overlapping.
Or, to be able to reheat a few at a time, wrap pieces individually in plastic wrap and foil and then freeze in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat in the oven or toaster oven!
What is fried chicken without sauce?
Some people like gravy, but I am more of a sweet sauce person myself, you know, the ones with tons of carbs? We obviously can’t be having that, so I made my own! Try these dipping sauces:
Decide for yourself which one goes with this low carb fried chicken best!!
Want to gussy up your low carb fried chicken? Let’s check out some variations!
To Marinade? Or Not to Marinade The Chicken Before Frying?
Marinating your chicken pieces before breading them is a great way to get some more flavor and amplify the juiciness of this dish!
Our favorite fried chicken marinade is simple: pickle juice! We save all the juice from leftover pickles in the fridge. Once we’ve collected enough for a marinade, it’s low carb fried chicken time…
If that’s not your style, check out my spicy chicken marinade, or lemon chicken marinade!
Can I Make The Chicken Spicier?
Yes, there are a lot of ways to add a kick to this recipe! Simply add some cayenne or red pepper flakes to the breading. Or, you can dip your fried chicken in a spicy sauce!
Can I Use Anything Other Than Pork Rinds?
This recipe is crispy because of the pork rinds. Simply swapping for a flour won’t give you as crisp of a crust.
I have tested deep frying chicken with low carb flour and spices a handful of times — the breading doesn’t adhere the same way it does with traditional flour. I’ve also tested adding in some grated parm, which melts off almost immediately.
That said, if pork rinds don’t work with your eating plan, I’d suggest combing parmesan and almonds in a food processor until they’re coarsely chopped, and using this to coat the chicken.
Can I Pan Fry Instead Of Bake The Chicken?
Pan frying is a great way to get a great crispy outside on most fried chicken recipes but isn’t necessary here since the breading is already fried. In fact, pan-frying this chicken recipe will prevent the pork rinds from adhering, so don’t do it!
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- Pickle Juice enough to cover the chicken in a resealable baggie
- 3 Lbs Chicken Tenders
- 4 Ounce Pork Rinds
- 2 Teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Oregano
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Eggs
- Place chicken in a large resealable baggie.
- Pour pickle juice over the top. Make sure there's enough to cover the chicken.
- Place chicken in the fridge and allow it to marinate overnight.
- Rinse chicken before coating it...
- Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place pork rinds in a resealable bag and crush into a panko sized grain. Be sure to leave a few large pieces.
- Add thyme, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and smoked paprika to the bag and shake a few times to combine.
- Pour the pork rind combo in an even layer on a flat plate.
- Beat eggs is a wide mouthed bowl.
- Dip chicken into the eggs, then into the pork rind combo — make sure to evenly coat all sides. Place chicken onto prepared baking sheet.
- Once all chicken tenders are evenly coated, bake in the oven 24 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Allow chicken to cool and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Does this low carb fried chicken have you hankerin’ for even more healthy chicken recipes? There are lots to choose from. Check these out!
- Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken. A tasty meal all stuffed inside chicken!
- Chicken Crust Pizza. AWESOME low carb take on pizza.
- Lasagna Stuffed Chicken. One of my most popular recipes!
- Chicken Burger. Just as juicy as beef burgers.
- Asian Chicken Marinade. Boring grilled chicken no more!
This low carb fried chicken is the perfect dish when you’re craving some good ol’ country food. Tell me in the comments your favorite veggie side to pair with this! Enjoy!