We live in Mississippi. The home of excessive humidity, a ridiculous love of SEC Football, and (you guessed it) fried food. Living in a fried food Mecca isn’t exactly easy when you’re gluten-free, but we make it work. And since I am still a Yankee at heart, it never really bothers me. My husband on the other hand, was born and raised on some good Southern-style cooking. Can you say, extra gluten please.
Since he’s only recently been living the gluten-free life, he still misses “gluten-filled” foods. Fried chicken being one of his favorites. For weeks now he has been begging me to make some at the house. Finally, I gave in.
Keep in mind that neither of us had ever made fried chicken before – gluten-filled or gluten-free. So this was a completely new venture for us!
We adapted our recipe from Gluten Freek (Gluten Free Guy) because it was not just gluten-free, but also an easy recipe to follow for fried chicken newbies like us!
We used Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour, but otherwise followed the instructions pretty closely. With the exception of Peanut Oil for frying. The hubby insisted on good old fashioned Crisco. So we rolled with it. Healthy, I know. 😉
The hardest part for us was the frying. Since we were frying novices, we had a hard time figuring out when the chicken was fully cooked and had to keep removing it from the pan, cutting into it to see if it was cooked yet and adding it back to the grease for longer. This resulted in some of the crunchy fried goodness being lost during the frying process, which was definitely a bummer, but we were learning after all!
Once we were finished, we had an enormous amount of fried chicken! So much, in fact, that we invited the in-laws over for dinner to help us eat! Neither of them are Gluten-Free, but they absolutely LOVED the chicken – and insisted it tasted just like the real thing. Lucky for us, there were leftovers so we had chicken again for dinner last night too!
I’m sure we’ll be trying this recipe again soon. In the meantime, do you have any tips or tricks for gluten-free fried chicken?