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Healthy fried chicken? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. The things that make most fried chicken absolutely atrocious for your health include: the chicken itself, when it is factory farmed, full of antibiotics, hormones, and disease; the oil it’s fried in, which is usually hydrogenated canola oil, soybean oil, or something else heated way beyond its threshold; and the breading, made from highly processed white flour that turns to sugar instantly inside your body. The good news is, you can do something about all three!
Here’s a recipe for HEALTHY FRIED CHICKEN, where the focus is on QUALITY:
- 2 ct. organic, free-range boneless chicken breasts cut into nuggets, strips, or whole
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 2-4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp basil
- ½ tsp paprika
- Or make your own mix!
- Salt, ground pepper, cinnamon, lime juice (to taste)
Preparation: Melt the coconut oil in pan on medium heat (4-5 out of 10). Mix the dry coconut flour and spices (not the lime juice) in a bowl until uniformly mixed. Thaw, rinse, and cut the chicken breasts into desired form. Roll the chicken in spices until generously covered. Fry the chicken in a frying pan, flipping every few minutes, until cooked through and through. Note: You may need to add a bit more oil at some point while cooking, especially if not all of the chicken fits in the first batch. Just before removing from the pan, sprinkle lime juice over the chicken and stir. Serve with lots of veggies like steamed broccoli or asparagus.
If you want to spice it up, slice a fresh jalapeno pepper and throw it in the pan with the chicken pieces, letting it cook with them. Also, try experimenting with your own mix of spices. Just throw in whatever you like – it’s hard to go wrong here.
Here’s our “nutrition facts” for the meal. Free-range, organic chicken will be free of antibiotics, hormones, and other harmful additives. It’s a great source of healthy protein. The coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat that won’t go rancid when cooked at medium temperatures. The coconut flour is a great, gluten-free breading. The spices contain all sorts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and trace minerals, depending on what you use.
This is a great, simple meal to keep stocked at home, especially when you’re prone to craving Chik-fil-A!