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Southern “Fried” Chicken

March 20, 2014

Ian and I are having a “date” at home with the season finale of True Detective and I was inspired to make it kind of a theme night.  From this, healthy versions of fried chicken and french fries were born. Don’t be disappointed, but neither the chicken or the fries are fried. C’mon you had to know there was no way I’d be advocating fried anything around these parts. I can promise you though that it’s easy, delicious and WAY healthier.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Chicken drumsticks (enough to fill you up!)
  • Almond flour
  • Quinoa flakes
  • Sweet Potato (one or two medium)
  • Carrots (two or three large)
  • Your fav chicken seasonings
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • EVOO
  • Salt/pepper/garlic powder

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet.

Cut the potatoes and carrots into wedges. Toss both in a bowl with some EVOO, pepper and and a wee bit of salt. Add in some garlic powder if desired. Place on the baking sheet leaving room for the chicken.

Put your chicken drumsticks in a large tub with a lid and add in a generous helping of almond flour and quinoa flakes. How much you add will depend on how many drumsticks you’re preparing. Add in your seasonings and enough cayenne to give it a kick.  Close it up and shake the hell out of them. When they look to be well coated, add them to the baking sheet and throw everything into the oven.

Cook them for 40-45 minutes, turning half way through. BOOM. You are done with cooking. Now all that’s left is to go indulge without the guilt!

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  1. I love theme nights!!! What a fun date night!! I love it!!! Have a marvelous time!!!

  2. RainyWriter permalink

    I had to look up EVOO … when I saw the acronym meaning I was like….ohhhhh!

    But…quinoa flakes? Not normal quinoa? (Sheesh … they just get Everywhere those little quinoa … but mmmm so tasty!)

    I have also not had a chance to cook with almond flour … is it a lot finer flour? (I am the cook in the house by the way … and learning different ingredient choices is just cool!)

    • Yeah try the quinoa flakes! They look kind of like oatmeal. Although you could probably try regular quinoa….just not sure how it would turn out.

      Almond flour is finer but feels heavier than regular flour. Does that make sense? There’s a lot more volume to it so I don’t think the conversion is 1:1. It’s also way higher on the calorie and fat scale but it is gluten free so there’s a trade off. Oh and you need to keep it in the fridge! Keep that in mind or you’ll waste a lot of it and it’s not cheap.

      Have fun experimenting! I always just say if it’s no good we’ll order pizza. 🙂

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