Who doesn’t love crispy fried chicken? It’s a classic comfort food that brings back memories of family gatherings and picnics. But what if you’re following a gluten-free diet? Fear not! Our gluten-free fried chicken is just as crispy and delicious as the traditional version. Plus, it’s easy to make at home. Let’s dive into the recipe!

Crispy Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: lunch, DinnerCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

45

minutes

Who doesn’t love crispy fried chicken? It’s a classic comfort food that brings back memories of family gatherings and picnics. But what if you’re following a gluten-free diet? Fear not! Our gluten-free fried chicken is just as crispy and delicious as the traditional version. Plus, it’s easy to make at home. Let’s dive into the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Bone-in or boneless chicken pieces

  • 2 cups tapioca starch

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

  • Oil for frying (use avocado oil or canola oil)

Directions

  • Marinate the Chicken
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and cover it with buttermilk. Add red wine vinegar and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the Breading
  • In a shallow bowl, mix tapioca starch with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Dredge the Chicken
  • Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk and dip it into the breading mixture. Press the chicken down and flip it to coat all sides.
  • Fry the Chicken
  • Heat oil in a pan (choose one with a high smoking point like avocado or canola oil).
  • Fry the chicken until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • Serve your gluten-free fried chicken with your favorite sides.

Key Tips

  • Marinating: Don’t skip the marinating step. It ensures juicy, flavorful chicken.
  • Tapioca Starch: Tapioca starch gives the chicken a crispy coating without gluten.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintain a consistent oil temperature for perfect frying.

Air Fry the Chicken

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

Spray the air fryer basket with oil.

Place the coated chicken pieces in a single layer in the basket.

Air fry for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

Key Tips for Air Frying:

  • Spray the Chicken: Lightly spray the coated chicken with oil before air frying to enhance crispiness.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer to ensure even cooking.
  • Check Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to verify that the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

Bake the Chicken

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Place the coated chicken pieces in a greased shallow baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and crispy.

Key Tips for the Oven:

  • Buttermilk Soak: Soaking the chicken in buttermilk keeps it juicy and flavorful.
  • Homemade Buttermilk: Mix milk and lemon juice to create your own buttermilk.
  • Variations: Feel free to experiment with different coatings like crushed tortilla chips, gluten-free panko, or even crushed pork rinds!

Alternative to Buttermilk

If you’d like an alternative to buttermilk for your gluten-free fried chicken recipe, consider using yogurt or milk with lemon juice. Here’s how:

  1. Yogurt:
    • Replace the buttermilk with plain yogurt. It provides similar acidity and moisture.
    • Use the same marinating process: dip the chicken in yogurt and proceed with the breading.
  2. Milk with Lemon Juice:
    • Mix 1 cup of milk of your choice with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or white vinegar).
    • Let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
    • Use this mixture as a substitute for buttermilk.

Both options work well and will give your chicken that tender, flavorful result. Enjoy your gluten-free fried chicken!

Alternative to Tapioca Starch

If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative to tapioca starch, here are some options you can use in your recipe:

  1. Cornstarch:
    • Cornstarch is naturally gluten-free and works well as a thickening agent. Use half the amount of cornstarch compared to tapioca starch in your recipe.
  2. Cassava Flour:
    • Cassava flour, made from the whole cassava root, is a great substitute for tapioca flour. It has slightly more thickening power due to its fiber content. Swap it evenly for tapioca flour, adjusting other thickening ingredients if needed.
  3. Potato Starch:
    • Potato starch is another gluten-free option. Use it in a 1:1 ratio for small amounts (e.g., sauces) or adjust the quantity for larger quantities (e.g., baking mixes).

Remember to choose the alternative that best suits your recipe and dietary needs.

Gluten-free fried chicken is a winner for weeknight dinners, parties, or any occasion. Serve it with coleslaw, mashed potatoes, or a side salad. Your taste buds will thank you!

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