Whole30 Fried Chicken Recipe

Whole30 Fried Chicken Recipe
Today I wanted to share one of my FAVORITE healthy recipes {if not my most favorite} that you can use for meal prep as well as dinner, the whole family will enjoy the flavor. Whole30 Fried Chicken Recipe with delicious spicy almond crusted texture! If you have ever tried bake and crisp chicken breading, and like it, then you will really like this alternative for keeping that same flavor and texture in a healthy meal choice. That way you may make this for meal prep more often; instead of the traditional fried chicken version which is good only in moderation, like on a reward day.

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My Whole30 Fried Chicken recipe is also made with Almond Flour which is Whole30 approved and Gluten Free so it is versatile in many diet plans and healthy lifestyles. I realize these aren’t the best magazine quality photos, but I blog what I live….and I’ve learned that I do not live to blog. So this was an ‘actual meal’ that I was making for my family….which I do on the regular. The kids even like it!! Maybe one day I’ll update with a beautiful photo….iPhone photo will suffice for now;). On to delicious chicken…

Whole30 Fried Chicken: Almond Crusted ‘Fried’ Chicken {Baked}

See how it actually looks like it is ‘Fried’ Chicken?!? So Yummy…
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Whole30 Fried Chicken up close and personal…
I also really love this recipe because it is a known fact that it is extremely ‘challenging’ to infuse flavor into chicken that is ‘fat-less’, aka skinless, and ‘boneless.’ This particular recipe really gets that flavor into the meat!! Our family tries hard to eat healthy and not fall into the patterns of regular American-style fast eating, which we rarely STILL do on occasion due to time/ busy schedule, nothing wrong with help now and again. Yet we try not to, I try to make real food, with fresh or ‘raw’ ingredients.

Whole30 Fried Chicken Supplies

Chicken Breasts/ Tenderloins
Almond Flour 2 Cups
4 Eggs/ or 6 Egg Whites
Garlic Powder 2 teaspoon
Onion Powder 1 teaspoon
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 – 1 teaspoon
Paprika 1/2 teaspoon
Black Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Sea Salt 1/2 teaspoon (to taste)
Chile Pepper Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Cutting Board
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Ghee / or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Whole30 by Weeks

For blog posts about my Whole 30 journey, read about it here!


Whole30 Fried Chicken Tutorial


Step 1:
Gather supplies. Place parchment on baking sheet and set aside. Set oven to 350* Degrees F, and preheat.
Make sure you have everything, all the dry ingredients and spices. List is above, shown here is only a few of what you will actually need.
Make sure to mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl and then prepare your breading station and set aside.


Step 2:
Clean, skin, cut off fat, and slice up your chicken breasts. If your using tenderloins, clean and cut off extra fat.

 Here is chicken breast portion yet using tenderloins makes then the perfect size for meal prep and serving for kids. If possible use organic chicken, free range, cage free, no added hormones/antibiotics etc. Can be found at health food, natural stores, and Whole Foods Market.

Almond Crusted Breading

Step 3:
Prep two bowls or plates to start your breading station. Place and whisk eggs in one bowl. In the other bowl place and mix up your dry breading ingredients. Bread your chicken….dip in eggs first, then dip in breading.
Almond Flour can be found at health food stores or specialty stores, yet the best price I’ve found was at Target. The price was about $7 a bag instead of $14-$16 at alternative vendors. The various spices are also an estimated amount, add more of any one of the spices to suit your taste. If you like more heat add more of the chile or cayenne. It’s what you make of it….

The Fixings

Step 4:
Drizzle ghee / or olive oil on lined baking sheet and arrange chicken sections on sheet. Place in oven for 45-50 minutes, depending on oven.
Half way through, flip over chicken sections, add more ghee or EVOO if chicken breading looks dry.

Step 5:

Meanwhile, the next step is to cook broccoli or another green veggie into microwave while chicken is baking and then serve the chicken with 1-2 cups of green vegetables.

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Whole30 Fried Chicken! Please comment below if you have any questions….
Enjoy! and have a WONDERFUL Day:)


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39 thoughts on “Whole30 Fried Chicken Recipe”

  • I made this last night but found that the breading didn’t really crisp up – do you have any suggestions for that? Or is it just the nature of it being oven baked?

    • I turned them over a few times once they are golden brown and then I also layered the baking sheet with a lot of olive oil, coated chicken while golden brown to give the
      ‘fried’ texture. Hope that helps…!

  • How many chicken breasts did you use? Trying to plan a shopping list 🙂 Thanks!

    • I used about 8 chicken tenderloins, this recipe make a decent amount of breading mix….little goes a long way

  • I made these last night and they were delicious! Thank you! 🙂

  • farmquilter says:

    I make my chicken strips like this, except I fry mine – I’ll try them in the oven the next time!!

  • I have not breaded chicken with almond flour before. Sounds interesting. I will try it, as I have a daughter that is “no carb” dieting. This will be a good way to get her some good protein without the grain.

  • BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different ways to peare chicken…thanks!

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We eat alot of chicken at our house. This recipe sounds good and looks great. I will be giving this a try. Thank you for sharing

    • and this recipe is very kid friendly/family friendly….even though it’s healthy:)

  • Maria Montero says:

    This looks really yummy and healthy will definetly try this for lunch tomorrow ?

  • Jessica Arjet says:

    Hi there, I was wondering if you could do this with Coconut Flour instead of the almond?

  • Why can’t I just fry them in oil

    • you can do whatever you want to do, but frying in oil wouldn’t be Whole30….and baking is considered healthier

  • Looks great! Just want to clarify – “Tspn” is that Teaspoon? The capital “T” threw me off, so I JUST wanted to make sure.

    • hi yes its teaspoon, didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to write it with capital…thx for visiting

      • It’s not that you aren’t supposed to, I just wanted to make sure I was understanding correctly! =) Looking forward to making this recipe – thanks for the response!

  • It looks so delicious, our family recipe is a bit different, it use more herb. Ooh but I gonna try this one!

    • I was going for a certain flavor profile, so I didn’t want to add too many other green herbs….but go for it and try

  • Amy Green says:

    This way of cooking chicken sounds insanely good. I can almost smell the aroma through my phone (giggling). What kind of rice did you pair it up with alongside the broccoli?

  • Amy Green says:

    Your chicken looks so moist and savory. This would be great on toasted bread for a sandwich, or paired with tomato sauce, cheese and black olives for chicken parmigiana!

  • I love fried chicken and this recipe looks so savory.I am excited to try this beautiful recipe.Thanks for the post.

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