Gluten Free Fried Chicken

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The one thing almost everyone on a gluten free diet (lifestyle) misses is fried chicken. America has savored this comfort food for a couple of centuries now and you can again. Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

Chicken (whatever parts you like)
All purpose flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
Cornmeal (if you can’t do corn, you can use gf breadcrumbs or crushed up Rice Chex instead)
Spices
Palm Shortening, Coconut Oil, or Lard for frying (when buying lard, make sure there is no BHT or BHA in the ingredients or you can make your own.)

Directions:
1. Prepare chicken – rinse and peel skin if desired. (I don’t peel my skins. Saturated fats have been slandered far too long. Besides being essential to your health, they help to satiate your taste-buds and your hunger, so you eat less!)

2. Pat chicken with paper towels

3. Sprinkle with preferred spices, I like to use salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Less is more!

4. Roll in a mixture of 1:1 gf flour and cornmeal or alternative (helps to make it crispy)

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5. Set aside for a couple of minutes to allow coating to set. Meanwhile, heat frying oil to 350˚ F chicken 2
Do NOT EVER fry with olive oil!!! It will burn and burnt oil contains carcinogens and are completely opposite of good health! The 3 oils I listed are the only oils that will not burn and at frying temperatures and still offer healthy benefits. I, personally, do not use peanut oil.  Oh! and NEVER reuse oil that has already been used for frying. (benefits of coconut oil)

6. Fry chicken, turning often to keep from burning. Dark meat should reach 185˚ F, and white meat 165˚ F.

7. Set fried chicken on a cooling rack with paper towels under it to catch the oil. This allows the chicken to not sit in the oil and gives you a crispier, less oily experience.

You can adjust this recipe to make nuggets or buffalo wings.
Nuggets – cut up boneless skinless thighs or breasts into nugget size pieces.

Buffalo Wings – fry wings accordingly. When done, set on cooling rack to drip off oil for about 5-10 minutes. Coat with BBQ sauce. We like Sweet Baby Rays (make sure it says gluten free!) Put on cookie sheet or bar pan and bake in preheated 425˚ F oven for 10 minutes turning once halfway through to set the sauce.

 

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