Keto Fried Chicken (Made with Tallow)

Fried in tallow and coated with a gluten-free, Southern-spiced batter, this keto fried chicken has the crunch you’ve been craving.

Prepare your tastebuds for homestyle cooking — the keto way. This keto fried chicken recipe is the ultimate summer backyard BBQ dish, and is guaranteed to wow your keto and non-keto guests alike.

Coated in a golden Southern-spiced, gluten-free batter made from almond flour, this fried chicken is low in carbs. To up the nutrition, it’s fried in a homemade tallow — a healthy cooking fat that’s rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids. Aside from being more nutritious than many fried chicken recipes you’re used to seeing, our version has the crunch you’re craving. Pair it with a tangy (keto-approved) coleslaw, and you’ve got yourself a comforting meal that’s as wholesome as they come.

Keto Fried Chicken Recipe Macros

    • Calories: 962
    • Protein: 47g
    • Fats: 81g
    • Total Carbs: 16g
    • Net Carbs: 7g

Keto Fried Chicken

Keto Fried Chicken

Fried in tallow and coated with a gluten-free, Southern-spiced batter, this keto fried chicken has the crunch you’ve been craving.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free fried chicken, homemade tallow, keto fried chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 962 kcal
Author Kettle & Fire

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 chicken thighs skin on
  • 2 chicken drumsticks skin on
  • 1/4 cup tallow (rendered suet)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork until fully blended.
  2. Spread the mixture on a large flat plate.
  3. In another small bowl, crack the egg and beat with a fork.
  4. One by one, dip the chicken in the bowl with the egg until fully coated.
  5. Dredge each chicken piece in the flour and spice mixture on the plate until all sides are fully coated. Repeat with all the chicken.
  6. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the tallow until melted. Once the tallow is melted and bubbling, add the chicken. (You should hear a sizzle as soon as it hits the pan.)
  7. Fry the chicken, flipping once, until golden brown, about 10 minutes on either side.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid, lower the heat, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, about 20 minutes. (Fully cooked chicken should be 165°Fin the thickest part.)
  9. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to let the grease drip off.
  10. Enjoy with a side salad or sautéed vegetables.

Recipe Notes

Keto | Gluten Free

Nutrition Facts
Keto Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 962 Calories from Fat 729
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 81g 125%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 290mg 97%
Sodium 1361mg 57%
Potassium 479mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2g
Protein 47g 94%
Vitamin A 15.2%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 16.6%
Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Fried in tallow and coated with a gluten-free, Southern-spiced batter, this keto fried chicken has the crunch you’ve been craving.

Fried in tallow and coated with a gluten-free, Southern-spiced batter, this keto fried chicken has the crunch you’ve been craving.

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