Crispy Chicken Recipe – A Healthy Twist on Southern Fried Chicken

This crispy chicken recipe is a delicious, healthy and gluten-free alternative to the fat laden fried chicken sold at fast food ‘restaurants’. If you want to keep it healthy, but love that Southern Fried flavour, this recipe won’t disappoint you.

Southern Crispy Chicken Recipe without the guilt and the calories!

Way back in those halcyon BC (before child) days I worked in London and used to call in for Southern fried chicken once a week, on my way home (late) from work. A complete creature of habit, I always bought 3 pieces of chicken: one for me and one each for my two furry friends, Stolly and Bolly (‘The Boys’)

I loved the crispy crumb and the depth of flavours; the cats weren’t fussy about where it came from, they just loved getting chicken for dinner instead of tinned cat food.

The greasiness of the chicken was a problem though, and after one too many episodes of food poisoning from ‘dodgy chicken’, I (reluctantly) saw the light and stopped buying fried chicken. The boys were not impressed.

Then my son came along and I started to really think about the food I was eating and what I was feeding him. I worried about nasty chemicals, developed a conscience about intensively farmed meat and began converting to a healthy eating plan.

This super-easy gluten-free recipe for crispy chicken is a real winner. I get to choose the chicken I use and it’s comforting to know where it’s come from. I always buy organic chicken and try to buy locally whenever I can. It’s good to know exactly what I’m eating, and what I’m giving to my son.

Crispy Chicken Recipe


  • 4 chicken breasts sliced into fillets
  • 85g ground almonds
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • ½ tbs paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 beaten egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 190c
  2. Grease a baking tray with a teeny tiny amount of olive oil (just enough to get a light sheen)
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (ground almonds, desiccated coconut, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt and pepper)
  4. One piece at a time, coat the chicken in the beaten egg, then roll it in the coconut mixture until well covered, before placing it on the baking tray.
  5. Repeat until all of the chicken is coated with the coconut mixture
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and crispy/dry.

Serve with roasted sweet potatoes, a crisp green salad and homemade coleslaw.

crispy chicken recipe

Eat immediately and enjoy!  I would love to know how you enjoy yours! Do let me know.

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