| | Homemade Gluten-Free Crispy Fried Chicken

Author / Samantha Flaherty

Prep: 15 min+ 1/2 to 8 hours to marinade / Cook: 30 min

Bulking, keto re-feed, or planned meal on the leaning protocol, you will want to make this fried chicken “fit your macros.” Plan ahead so you have a couple hours to soak the chicken breasts in the buttermilk and pickle juice marinade. We promise you will not be disappointed. 

Approximate Macros

16 servings

Protein: 24g

Carbs: 15g

Fat: 13g

Calories: 270

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4 pounds chicken breast, flattened. Depending on the size, you may want to cut them in half. Looking for a thickness of about quarter to a half inch

1 cup pickle juice

1 cup buttermilk

2 TBS hot sauce (Frank’s works well)


2 cups gluten free flour

¼ cup corn starch

1 TBS salt

1 TBS paprika

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Coconut oil for frying- whatever pan you are using try to maintain a quarter inch depth


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pickle juice, buttermilk, and hot sauce. Add in the pounded chicken and marinade for at least 30 minutes, and up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. When you are ready to start cooking, prepare the breading by placing all of the ingredients into a gallon sized ziplock bag. Zip it shut, and shake to combine.
  1. Once you have the chicken marinated and the breading ready to go, it is time to heat the coconut oil.
  1. In a 2-3 inch deep saute pan or cast iron skillet, heat coconut oil on medium to get to roughly a quarter inch deep. You will continue to add oil as you cook more pieces to maintain depth.
  2. Coast 2-3 pieces of chicken in the breading and place in the preheated oil.
  1. Cook on each side for approximately, 3-5 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees.
  2. Repeat the process until you have cooked all of the chicken!

This chicken is delicious and pairs well with potatoes, veggies, sliced on a salad, or reheated the next day.

Let us know how this recipe goes!  Load your final product to Instagram and be sure to tag @powerathletehq and #powerathletenutrition #servesone #powerathletenutritioncoaching

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Samantha Flaherty

Samantha has been an athlete since childhood, focusing on gymnastics, track and field, and cross-country. Samantha found CrossFit, and eventually CrossFit Football as a means to continue personal performance and fill a competitive void. These all led her to Power Athlete, the methodology course, and eventually to earning her Block One. She currently works in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area as a Power Athlete Nutrition Coach and as a Personal Trainer applying the Power Athlete principles with all of her clients.

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