Paleo Fried Chicken
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Baked
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A delicious Paleo recipe that will allow you to enjoy even one of your favorite comfort foods whilst keeping to your new Paleo lifestyle.
  • 6 Chicken Breasts (Organic/Free Roaming if possible)
  • ½ Cup (120 g) Lard, Shortening or Oil of your choice
  • 1 Cup (240 g) Tapioca Flour
  • 1 ¾ Teaspoon (10 g) Sea Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Sage - Dried
  • ⅛ Teaspoon (0.75 g) Turmeric or Paprika
  • ⅛ Teaspoon (0.75 g) Garlic Powder (This is optional and you can add more if you want)
  • Leaves from 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme (Optional)
  1. • You will use your oven for this recipe, so make sure you preheat it to 350°F (180°C).
  2. • Prepare the chicken, by drying each one with a paper towel. This will help in making the chicken become crispier, and leave the skin intact (it is the best part of fried chicken and you know it)!
  3. • In a Ziplock bag or a plastic big enough to hold the chicken, put the tapioca flour, salt, pepper, turmeric or paprika, sage, and garlic powder. Combine everything well.
  4. • Add two pieces of chicken at a time into the bag with the breading mix you made. Seal and shake the bag, making sure you coat each chicken well.
  5. • Remove excess breading from your chicken by shaking each one gently over the bag.
  6. • Set a large cast-iron skillet over medium to high heat and put the lard, shortening or oil of your choice into it. Check the heat of the lard/shortening/oil by putting a drop or two of water on the skillet. If the drop of water splatters, then you can fry your coated chicken.
  7. • Using tongs, add the chicken one piece at a time. Do not crowd the skillet. If your skillet can only hold three, just put in three.
  8. • Cook the chicken until golden brown, for about 3 minutes on each side.
  9. • Get a wire rack and place it on a baking sheet. It might also be a good idea to line the baking sheet with some foil to collect any oil or fat that drips from the chicken as it cooks.
  10. • Place the fried chicken on the wire rack and put them in the oven. Bake the chicken for about 20-30 minutes. This should cook the chicken through and make the skin and the coating crispier.
  11. • Remove the chicken from the rack when cooked and sprinkle with thyme. Make sure you wear mitts when removing the baking sheet with the rack because it will be hot.
  12. • Serve the chicken warm and enjoy!
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