Paleo Fried Chicken Fingers

15 10 2009

I’m a good Southern girl.  We know comfort foods.  Usually when someone thinks of a Southern meal, it’s fried chicken with mashed potatoes.  I thought, why not?  It was my challenge to make it paleo.

I’ll separate it into three recipes so that you can mix and match with different proteins and sides.


2 large chicken breasts

½ cup of almond flour

2 eggs

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp dried thyme

3 tbs olive oil


Cut chicken into long strips.  Make sure that they are equally thick.  You may need to use the flat part of the knife to pound some of the fatter pieces down a bit.


Put the chicken pieces in a zip top plastic bag with spices.  Shake to coat. 


Dredge in almond flour, then eggs, then flour again. 




Lay on a plate to set up for 10 minutes.  This will make sure the crust really sticks to the chicken. 

Pour olive oil in the bottom of a skillet.  Heat to medium high heat.  Add chicken and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, turn only once.  Tongs work the best for turning the chicken.


Enjoy with mashed cauliflower and collard greens!





14 responses

30 10 2009

I made these tonight and they were so good! Question: do you have a hard time getting the almond flour to stick?

30 10 2009

Do you mean trouble sticking initially to the chicken or once you cook it?

The key to getting the crust to stick while you cook it and then after it is cooked when you eat it is rest.

Rest the breaded chicken for like 10 minutes prior to frying so that the crust can set up and stick to the chicken.

Once it is fried, let the chicken rest for about 5-10 minutes to make sure the crust stays stuck to the chicken and doesn’t fall apart when you bite it.

8 06 2010

I recently started the paleo diet and have had some trouble finding foods with flavor. I am an extremely picky eater and I made these for dinner tonight. They were wonderful!!! Thank you so much! Now I feel more confident that I can stick to this diet! 🙂

19 06 2010

Thank you for this!!!!!!

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16 08 2011

Wow! It didn’t even make it to our table. Thanks so much!

9 01 2012

Literally just finished eating this, It was the absolute best chicken I have ever cooked!

23 01 2012

These were fabulous. My kids inhaled them!

7 02 2012

have you considered coconut oil or butter/ghee? It will hold up better under high heat that olive oil.

11 05 2012

yaay!! I can have fried chicken! 🙂 Thank you so much for posting!

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