Paleo Fried Chicken

This Paleo fried chicken recipe is for all those people who miss that lovely succulent, crispy chicken from the shop.

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 gluten products, and you will find that even your non-paleo friends & family will love this pan-fried chicken.

Even if you’re 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 gluten in your diet.

There are plenty of paleo-friendly dipping sauces that go perfectly with this chicken. My favorite is the ranch dressing, and it’s super easy to make at home too.

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.

Almond Crusted Fried Chicken

If you have any leftovers, then the chicken tenders are great in a salad the next day. You can attempt making your own Paleo friendly crunchy chicken salad.

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

Paleo Fried Chicken Recipe

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Prep time
10 Minutes
Cook time
20 Minutes
Total time
30 Minutes


  • 250g (9 oz) chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Coconut oil or another paleo-friendly 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 & 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 the coconut oil.
  7. Once the oil has heated, 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 brown too fast and burn, then turn down the heat of the pan.
  • By itself, the chicken might not be enough so you can try having a side with it to help bulk out the meal a bit. For example, this paleo fried chicken goes fantastic with some paleo friendly ketchup or even some tasty paleo-friendly BBQ sauce. I also find that some simple paleo sweet potato fries go terrific with the chicken if you have the extra time.
  • If you like coconut, then I recommend adding some shredded coconut to the dry powder mix.
  • Try not to play around with the chicken while it is in the pan too much. You may find that the crumb will start to fall off. The best way is to wait until one side is golden brown before flipping to the other side.
  • For a thick coating, simply dip back into the egg after the first crumb and then crumb it again. You can do this as many times as you want but keep in mind you don’t want to be too thick otherwise your chicken may not cook.
  • To check that the chicken is correctly either cut into one or use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be 75°C or 165°F, and the meat should also be white.

Nutritional Information

You can find all the nutritional information on this delicious fried chicken right below.

Keep in mind this information may be slightly off because it’s an estimate but will hopefully give you a good idea of how this dish will impact your diet. It doesn’t take into account any sides or condiments that you may have with it.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 222g (7.83 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 549 Calories from Fat 295.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.8g 50%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 271mg 90%
Sodium 1370mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 11.9g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6.7g 27%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 56g 112%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

If you’re looking more chicken recipes, then be sure to check out the paleo butter chicken recipe. It is a creamy curry with a homemade curry paste that goes amazing with some cauliflower rice.

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

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