The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken

Are you a fan of crispy fried chicken but need a gluten-free option? Look no further! We have the perfect recipe for you. Our gluten-free southern fried chicken combines a buttermilk marinade, savory spices, and a gluten-free flour blend to create a mouthwatering dish that everyone will love. Plus, we even have a dairy-free option!

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The Perfect Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

This recipe is inspired by the classic Southern buttermilk fried chicken. Our family knows a thing or two about fried chicken, and let us tell you, this recipe is the real deal! It’s the ultimate gluten-free chicken dinner that will satisfy your cravings.

The chicken pieces are marinated in a homemade buttermilk mixture, which adds flavor and tenderness. Then they are coated in a savory gluten-free flour blend and fried until golden brown and crispy.

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How to Make Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Making gluten-free fried chicken is easier than you might think. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make the perfect batch:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, white vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add in the chicken pieces and let them marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.

  2. Prepare the gluten-free flour blend by combining gluten-free flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, thyme, oregano, and basil in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet until it reaches 350°F. Test the oil by sprinkling a little bit of the flour mixture into it – it should sizzle but not smoke.

  4. Take a chicken piece from the buttermilk mixture and place it in the bag with the flour mixture. Shake the bag to coat the chicken evenly. Repeat until all the chicken pieces are coated.

  5. Fry 3 or 4 chicken pieces at a time in the hot oil, skin side down. Cook for 15-18 minutes, turning the pieces every 2 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked, crispy, and golden brown.

  6. Remove the chicken from the oil and place it on a cooling rack or paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Tips for Success

To ensure your fried chicken turns out perfectly, here are some helpful tips:

  • Press the flour mixture firmly onto the chicken to make sure it sticks.
  • Allow the breaded chicken pieces to dry on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before frying.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan to prevent the breading from falling off.
  • Use tongs to turn the chicken pieces while frying.
  • Let the fried chicken rest on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes to maintain crispiness.

Choosing the Right Flour and Oil

For gluten-free fried chicken, rice flour works best as a substitute. We recommend using a cup for cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, such as Pillsbury gluten-free, Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1, Better Batter, or King Arthur Measure For Measure.

As for the oil, peanut oil is our favorite for frying. However, you can also use vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, or coconut oil. Vegetable oil is especially recommended for deep frying as it has a high smoke point and can be reused.

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Storing and Reheating Fried Chicken

Freshly fried chicken is always best, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Please note that the skin might not be as crispy when reheated.

To reheat fried chicken, we recommend using an oven set to 350°F. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can use a microwave, but keep in mind that the skin won’t be as crispy.

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Options

If you’re following a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, don’t worry – you can still enjoy delicious fried chicken. Simply use your favorite dairy-free milk to make the buttermilk marinade. We recommend unsweetened almond milk. For cooking, you can use Smart Balance butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or dairy-free milk alternatives like unsweetened almond, cashew, or coconut milk.

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Complete Your Meal

To complete your gluten-free fried chicken meal, here are some mouthwatering side dish options:

  • Gluten-Free Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option)
  • Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits (Dairy-Free Option)

More Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

If you’re looking for more gluten-free dinner recipes to try, here are some delicious options:

  • Gluten-Free Meatballs (Dairy-Free Option)
  • Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings (Dairy-Free Option)
  • Gluten-Free Meatloaf (Dairy-Free Option)

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