Low Carb Southern Fried Chicken

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 3 to 6 cups vegetable oil (more or less depending on pot used)
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or 3 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or water
  • Breading:
  • 2 1/3 cups soy flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place a heavy pot over medium-high heat with at least 1-inch of vegetable oil for boneless chicken and 2 inches for whole pieces. Heat oil to 350 degrees F; it is important to monitor and maintain the temperature, or the soy flour breading and your oil will burn. (Portable deep fryers at home are great for this.)

In a medium bowl, mix the eggs and cream to make an egg wash. In a separate larger bowl, mix all the breading ingredients together.

Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. Dip it first in the breading, then in the egg wash, and then back in the breading again, making sure to coat well on all sides. Pat off any excess breading and then carefully place into hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, just a few minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Boneless chicken breasts, if thinly cut, may cook all the way by frying alone, but whole chicken will not because of how fast soy flour browns. It is best to place any chicken you fry with soy flour on a sheet pan and finish by baking at 350 degrees F for an additional 10 minutes for boneless chicken and 20 to 25 minutes more for cut up chicken pieces that have bones. The internal temperature of the chicken should register 165 degrees F. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note: Soy flour is made from toasted soybeans and has already been "cooked." Therefore it has a tendency to brown faster than plain flour when frying. Try this same breading for onion rings, baked pork chops, okra, mozzarella sticks, mushrooms, onion rings and eggplant.

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    this is a good recipe but if you replace the soy flour for coconut flour you have not carbs and it lowers you cholesterol.
    Coconut flour still has carbs
    This is the perfect fried chicken recipe. The only change it made with this... i substituted Carbalose Flour for the soy flour. I stay away from everything soy that has not been fermented. Carbalose is LC and is fantastic! Other than that, it is perfect! YUM!
    My husband and I loved this chicken. I wasn't sure about how the breading would taste because of the soy flour, but it was really quite good. One thing, be sure to follow the instructions about the breading/cooking so the breading does not fall off of the chicken.
    This is a very good alternative for people that cannot, or should not eat carbs. The soy flour gave it a little different taste and texture, but well worth it when you see how low the carbs are! Great recipe!!
    Fast and Easy and Tasty too! We loved this recipe!
    Because I'm diabetic I have to watch my refined carbs but because diabetics also are at higher risk for heart disease I also watch my saturated fat intake. 25 grams of fat per serving is ridiculous! Even the low carb gurus say that you should go crazy with fat. There's no way this recipe should be a regular part of your diet and I'd never feed it to my kids. I bet the cardiologists loved this episode. Job security, indeed.
    I used my own deep fryer, cooked at 350 degrees for only about 3 or 4 minutes, then I cooked in the oven for 25 more minutes. I had large chicken pieces. Make sure your deep fryer screen is hot before putting in the chicken or it will stick. (Prior experience). It cooked so fast, it was easy to cook 2 pieces at a time before baking. Be careful removing from fryer to keep coating on. Everyone's reaction....."wow, this looks awesome" I served with my low carb coleslaw, green beans and diet tea!
    This was great! I was scared of the Soy Flour, but the trick is to not let it burn and also to serve immediately.
     Thank you!
    I just did this recipe tonight and was very happy at how easy the recipe was and how great it tasted also. The Soy Flour works great. The chicken wasn't too rich but still extremely flavorful! Highly recommend for those of you who want to low carb diet but are having a problem with the limitations on what you can eat.
    This was great!!! I had never cooked fried chicken before and I was trying to make the family eat healthy.I was watching the show and decided to try it. This tasted wonderful.I am so glad I tried it now I make it at least twice a month. Loved it keep coming up with great low carb recipes. Thanks George with you recipes I never feel deprived.
    These were delicious!
    Crisp and juicy. Will make again.
    This recipe is so good. It is truly a must for the low carb eater.
    This what I use to get when I went out to eat before low carb, this is so easy to make and taste is what I remeber
    I cooked chicken using this recipe tonight, and it was excellent. This was my first time using soy flower, and I was a little apprehensive thinking that maybe there would be something about the flavor that I wouldn't like. I couldn't tell the difference. I also cooked the onion rings and they were totally awsome!
    Fantastic tasting and soooo easy. It was great and I will do it many times.
    THis was exceptional!!!
    Low carb southern fried chicken is delicious but healthy to eat I make this for my family all the time and I'm only 14 :)
    This was a great recipe, for those of us who don't like salty food. I will try more of your recipes.
    I found the flavor a little bland and a little hard to maneuver between the dry and liquid.
    I made this for my family. my brother has celiac's who can't wheat . I made chicken strips outta boneless skinless chicken tenders. The coating is a excellent idea and tastes just as good as the regular stuff does. In my opinion better. I have to control my carbs cause of diabetes/pcos so I will be trying some of George's other recipes in the future as well.
    Excellent - when the craving hits for Fried Chicken this definitely a great meal- everyone will enjoy!
    This was the BEST chicken! Yes, it is a little messy. But the outcome was wonderful! To season the chicken PRIOR to the flour & egg, I used Paula's Seasoning (salt, peper & garlic powder) directly on the chicken, and then dusted and egged as per the directions. And for all you with spouses that are finicky, mine ate it all up! Didn't even know the difference.
     Thanks again George!
    Easy to make and excellent to taste
    This recipe is simple and wonderful. I served this to guests that were NOT low carbers and they raved about the lightness and the wonderful flavor of the coating. This is going in my permanent recipe file! Thanks George!
    The chicken was really tasty, but it got kind of burnt.
    My family really enjoyed this "fried chicken". It was tasty just as directed but we sprinkled a little Lawry's seasoning salt & it was even better. My only complaint is that it really doesn't look like the picture. I dipped it three times and still couldn't get it coated enough to look like the picture. It wasn't crunchy but the taste was good.
    I did as one person suggested and mixed in some almond flour and made chicken strips for our 4 & 8 year old grandaughters. They loved them.
    This recipe is wonderful! I'm diabetic and I have heart trouble so I can't have sugar or salt. With this recipe I couldn't tell it didn't have any salt.
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