Keto Fried Chicken Thighs

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    25 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    40 min

Keto Fried Chicken Thighs

13 ratings

Fried chicken just can’t be beat, and this easy Keto fried chicken recipe is a great staple to add to your Keto arsenal. You can adjust the seasonings to your taste, and the frying batter is a blank canvas, so you can toss your fried chicken in extra spices, a Keto hot sauce, or you can garnish it in any way you desire!

*Please note the recipe may require a little extra of the breading ingredients as needed at your discretion. Please ensure to update your macros to account for any extra ingredients.

Is Fried Chicken Keto?

Traditionally fried chicken is prepared in a carb laden wheat-based batter, making it a Keto no-no. Our Keto chicken thigh recipe however is coated in a low carb batter making this crispy fried chicken totally Keto compliant. For this low carb fried chicken thigh recipe, we have prepared a batter of ground almond and grated parmesan. The chicken thighs are dipped in beaten egg then dredged in batter before being deep fried until crisp and golden.

Tips for Juicy Chicken Thighs

These Keto fried chicken thighs are pounded to an even thickness before coating in batter. Pounding the chicken helps to tenderize the meat and ensure a quick and even cooking time. The quicker cooking time prevents the chicken from drying out and helps it stay tender and juicy.

  • Net Carbs

    5.4 g

  • Fiber

    4.7 g

  • Total Carbs

    10.2 g

  • Protein

    47.1 g

  • Fats

    52.2 g

693 cals

Keto Fried Chicken Thighs

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  • Chicken Thigh, Skin Removed Before Cooking

    Chicken Thigh, Skin Removed Before Cooking

    4 medium

  • Raw Egg

    Raw Egg

    2 large

  • Salt


    ¼ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper, Ground

    Black Pepper, Ground

    1 teaspoon

  • Almond Flour

    Almond Flour

    1-½ cup

  • Parmesan Cheese, Fresh (Hard)

    Parmesan Cheese, Fresh (Hard)

    1-½ cup, shredded

  • Coconut Oil

    Coconut Oil

    4 tablespoon

Recipe Steps

steps 6

40 min

  • Step 1

    Arrange the 4 chicken thighs across a clean, flat surface. Cut away any large pieces of fat and pound the chicken to an even thickness. About ¼-½ inch thickness is good.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    In a bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with the salt and pepper. At your discretion, you may add additional seasonings to the egg mix that you would like. If you choose to add any further seasonings, please be sure to adjust your macros as necessary. Set the mixture to one side.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Tip 1 ½ cups almond flour and 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese onto a wide plate for breading the chicken. You may add more dry mix to the plate as necessary to ensure the chicken thighs are fully coated in the next step. Set this next to your bowl of beaten egg.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Choose a skillet that is wide enough for cooking just one chicken thigh at a time or all four at once. Heat at least a ½ cup of coconut oil in your chosen skillet over a medium heat. Your oil needs to be at least a ½-inch high or more in your skillet. Add additional coconut oil as necessary.
  • Step 5

    One at a time, dip a chicken thigh in the egg wash. Let any extra egg run off, then coat the chicken thigh in the almond flour breading mix. Place the breaded chicken thigh in the hot oil. Cook the chicken thighs for approx. 3-4 minutes per side, adjusting the heat of your oil as necessary.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Repeat the cooking process until all chicken thighs have been fried to a golden brown crisp. If you are cooking the thighs individually, you may need to strain the oil and add new oil to your skillet after each thigh has been cooked to avoid burning. Serve hot.
    Step 6

Comments 31

  • Susie

    Susie 3 years ago

    Delicious with DISCLAIMER: Yes, absolutely delicious .. that said, I went into shock when I entered a 7 oz. piece of chicken thigh for dinner 🤨 (hardly over-indulging). Thus, make sure you have the carbs to spare. I will make again in smaller portions.

    • BlithesomeKale913395

      BlithesomeKale913395 7 months ago

      I made the same mistake! Ended up starting my IF a bit sooner...🤷

  • Susan Harvey

    Susan Harvey 3 years ago

    What is the best brand of pork rid to use?

    • recipewriter

      recipewriter 3 years ago

      There is no difference between what brand of pork rinds you use. You can include any brand of plain or spicy pork rinds in the Keto breading.

  • Susan Harvey

    Susan Harvey 3 years ago

    Can the same recipe be used for fish, or pork chops?

    • recipewriter

      recipewriter 3 years ago

      Yes! Make sure your food log reflects any changes you make to the recipe.

  • ExcellentKale398492

    ExcellentKale398492 3 years ago

    I’m allergic to almonds. What can I substitute for almond flour?

    • recipewriter

      recipewriter 3 years ago

      Ground pork rinds make a great zero-carb breading that will add fat and protein to your meal too. Coconut flour can also substitute.

  • BlithesomeKale309455

    BlithesomeKale309455 3 years ago

    What if I leave the skin on, will it increase the amount of carb? Someone please answer me 🥺✨

    • Peggy

      Peggy a month ago

      Skin does not contain carbs

    • BindiAtTheBeach

      BindiAtTheBeach 3 years ago

      I love the skin the best! I'm leaving it on! More fat the better, I'm having a hard time getting enough fats.

    • recipewriter

      recipewriter 3 years ago

      Chicken skin will not increase your carbs, but it will increase your fat :)

  • On-the-health-horse!

    On-the-health-horse! 3 years ago

    I would recommend using tallow for frying. The smoke point of tallow is higher than coconut oil, it's a super healthy saturated fat, and is way cheaper than coconut oil. 👍

    • SuperKale125765

      SuperKale125765 9 months ago

      Is tallow the same as ghee?

  • Beer Fetcher

    Beer Fetcher 4 years ago

    I added unsweetened coconut flakes instead of the parmesan cheese. Omg!!! It was amazing! Coconut chicken is the best!

    • MirthfulKetone968699

      MirthfulKetone968699 3 years ago

      Did you check to see if the coconut was unsweetened?

    • YettaBetta

      YettaBetta 3 years ago

      I have found Coconut flakes in same area as baking goods. Like where chocolate chips, marshmallows, and cake mixes are in super market.

    • KristinLM

      KristinLM 3 years ago

      Where can i find coconut flakes? And what are the nutritional values for it?

    • Chefysimon

      Chefysimon 4 years ago

      Love that idea, gonna try it

  • claire.K

    claire.K 4 years ago

    Could you use coconut flour instead?

    • Ibfarias5

      Ibfarias5 4 years ago

      Tried this recipe out last night. Absolutely Delicious! FRIED CHICKEN!!! My family couldn’t stop raving about their meal. The oil did start burning after awhile, but I had another skillet ready for the rest of the frying👍🏼Try this recipe~You will enjoy a great meal.

      • Mummy 3 Boyz

        Mummy 3 Boyz 5 years ago

        Is one thigh about 4oz?

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 5 years ago

          Yes, approx. 4 oz!

      • g8rboy0206

        g8rboy0206 5 years ago

        Is it ok to leave the skin on? That’s the best part of fried chicken!!

        • recipewriter

          recipewriter 5 years ago

          Yes! As long as the thighs are still boneless then this is okay.

      • mjay

        mjay 5 years ago

        I made this with chicken breast instead of chicken thigh, they were amazing! Will definitely make again.

        • Gartzgirl

          Gartzgirl 5 years ago

          What would you serve these with they are quite high in calories for just 1 thigh?

          • UpbeatArugula696185

            UpbeatArugula696185 3 years ago

            Research olive oil at high temperatures. Avocado oil is healthy and has a good smoke point.

          • recipewriter

            recipewriter 5 years ago

            A low carb vegetable cooked in olive oil would do well here! The Carb Manager Sides recipe catalog will have many options for you.

        • Anonymous

          Anonymous 5 years ago

          I made these in my air fryer and they came out amazing!

          • Sarahtopash

            Sarahtopash 3 years ago

            Can you share how please? 375 for 20 mins?