Almond Crusted Fried Chicken

This almond crusted chicken is perfect if you love succulent, crispy fried chicken.

Paleo Fried Chicken

By the time you’re finished cooking, you will have succulent pieces of chicken with a crunchy almond coating. They’re the perfect pieces of chicken that will have you going back for more.

This recipe is just as good as the recipes that use regular breadcrumbs, and you will find that even your non-paleo friends and family will love this pan-fried chicken.

Even if you are not on the paleo diet, this recipe is still fantastic. For example, this recipe is gluten-free, so if you’re gluten intolerant or just looking to cut down the amount of gluten in your diet, then this almond fried chicken is perfect for you.

What to Serve with the Almond Fried Chicken

By itself, the chicken might not be enough, so you could make a side dish to have with it. There are plenty of side dishes that go great with the chicken, and they’re perfect at making the meal feed more. Below are a couple of my favorite side dishes.

This paleo-friendly fried chicken goes fantastic with some sweet potato fries. They are oven-baked so they can take quite a bit of time to cook; however, they are worth the extra wait.

Fried Chicken

There are plenty of paleo-friendly dipping sauces that go great with this chicken, such as some ketchup, ranch dressing, or even some tasty BBQ sauce. My favorite is the ranch dressing, and it’s super easy to make at home.

Lots more side dishes go great with chicken, so if you have any suggestions, we will love to hear them.

Perfecting the Crispy Chicken

One of the essential steps to getting that lovely crispy chicken is to make sure your oil is hot enough before putting the chicken in. The best way to check is by dropping a little bit of crumb in, and if it sizzles, then it is ready.

For a thick coating, simply dip the chicken back into the egg after the first crumb and then crumb it again. You can do this as many times as you want, but you don’t want it to be too thick; otherwise, your chicken may not cook.

Almond Crusted Fried Chicken

If you have any leftovers, then the chicken tenders are great in a salad the next day. For example, you could make a paleo-friendly salad with crunchy pieces of chicken, baby spinach, tomato, sliced red onion, and a dressing.

This almond fried chicken is relatively easy to make quickly, so if you want to see how to make this recipe, then check out our video below.

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe

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Prep time10 Minutes
Cook time20 Minutes
Total time30 Minutes


  • 250 g (8.8 oz) chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Coconut oil or a different cooking oil


  1. First, cut the chicken into smaller pieces. (2cm/0.8in slices)
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix the almond flour, thyme, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Dip the chicken into the bowl of egg and then into the bowl of the almond flour mix.
  5. Repeat until all the pieces of chicken are coated.
  6. In a pan over medium heat, add enough coconut oil so that it will reach half the height of the chicken.
  7. Once the oil has heated to 350°F (175°C) , add the coated chicken.
  8. Cook for 5-10 minutes on each side.
  9. Once golden brown and the chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from the pan.
  10. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • If you find the coating of the chicken is starting to brown too fast and burn, then turn down the heat of the pan.
  • You may find that the crumb will start to fall off if you move the chicken pieces too much. The best method is to wait until one side is golden brown before flipping to the other side.
  • To check that the chicken is cooked correctly either cut into one or use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be 75°C (165°F), and the meat should also be white.
  • If you like coconut, then I recommend adding some shredded coconut to the dry crumb mix.
  • Almond flour is also known as ground almonds or almond meal.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 222g (7.8 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Calories Per Serving: 549
Total Fat: 32.8g
Saturated Fat: 3.2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 11.9g
Dietary Fiber: 6.7g
Sugars: 2.5g
Cholesterol: 271mg
Sodium: 1370mg
Protein: 56g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Paleo-Friendly Chicken Recipes

If you are looking for more chicken recipes, then be sure to check out the paleo butter chicken recipe. It is a flavor-packed curry that features a homemade curry paste and lots of chicken. It goes fantastic with some cauliflower rice.

A recipe that is similar to this chicken dish is the crispy coconut chicken. It’s super easy to make and will easily please anyone that absolutely loves the taste of coconut.

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