February 07, 2013

Low Carb Fried Chicken (review using Carbquik and Dixie Carb Counters)

If you are doing low carb and craving fried chicken;  just how bad is your craving?   Although this is a 'recipe' it uses very specific products and if you are a low carber, you know LC products are not cheap.  If you are craving the oh-so-yummy comfort food of fried chicken, then before you try this recipe I need to ask;  how bad is the craving?

I love fried chicken.  And when I know I can't have something, that is when I want it.  Over the years I've tried various recipes to use during my 'detox' weeks of low carbing and I never found anything that worked or tasted as good as the real thing.  If you really, really want fried chicken but can't use any 'real' breading or flour, this is about as close to the real thing as I've found so far.  It's not great, it's not the real thing, it's a disappointment if you really truly are expecting the flavor only a true white, refined flour can give you.  Make faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower, make a low carb gravy,  add some low carb biscuits and you have a meal that can almost be the real deal.

I have tried using Carbquik alone as a breading (seasoned of course as if it was really flour), I've also tried a mixture of it with things like flax meal, some almond flour, a little wheat or oat bran...  nothing was remotely acceptable so far.  This time I ordered a breading mix online, mixed it with about a 1/3 cup of the Carbquik mix I have in the cupboard that I rarely use because I can't stand the taste....  and the end result was ok.  It's rather salty on its own, so don't add additional salt to it.  In the end I give this a 6 out of 10.  The next time I am really craving fried chicken, I'm going to just accept the extra carbs and have the real thing.

Fried Chicken

1 package Dixie Carb Counters Breading and Batter Mix
1/3 cup Carbquik Baking Mix
1 egg
Chicken pieces (8)

Beat the egg in a bowl and set aside.  Mix the Carb Counter mix and the Carbquik in a large bowl or baggy for breading the chicken.  Dip the chicken into the egg and then bread in breading.  Place on baking sheet or plate for frying.  Let set for at least 10 minutes for the breading to set up and then fry in hot oil (350 degrees) until golden brown on both sides.  Do not cook in too hot oil or your chicken will turn dark before the inside is done.  Slow and steady, about 15 minutes or so.  Drain on paper towel lined dish.  Serve.

Ready for breading

Ready to fry

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