fried chicken - carnivore style!
Is there anything better than fried chicken? YES! A zero carb fried chicken made completely from animal products! Okay fine. That may not sound as appetizing to some of y'all but if you are trying to cut out all the carbs and sugar from your lifestyle, this is pretty exciting. I am officially on day 4 of my new journey and I would say that I had a pretty pleasant experience this morning. My joint pain (on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being can't get out of bed), my pain and stiffness this morning was at a 3 today. Not as stiff and I can fully make my hands into a fist with only some pain. You guys...that is huge. It usually takes me a while to get moving in the morning and sometimes (ok a lot of times) I am shuffling around like an old (or older) woman. For anyone else who has RA, it's always a surprise in the morning to gauge how the rest of the day will go. Today, the day looks fairly bright so yay!
I've made this fried chicken before but this is the first time that I used bone-in chicken thighs with skin on and it made it soooo much better. For the carnivore way of eating, you want all the animal fat so having the chicken skin was perfect. Using dark meat was also good and since chicken, in general, is more of a lean meat (versus that of red meat), I added a drizzle of the yummy hollandaise sauce that I made yesterday. Sooooo good! Lastly, I coated it with egg and then rolled it in crushed pork rinds...fat on top of fat! So weird right? Delicious? Duh.
I used an entire bag of sea salt & pepper pork rinds for this recipe which made 4 chicken thighs. I literally used all the crumbs. To make it easy, I just threw them in my mini prep food processor and created a small crumb for coating. It worked great and the chicken itself only needed a light sprinkle of salt since a lot of flavoring came from the pork rinds. I can see that this will be a new staple in my pantry for foods. That and bacon. Seems like breading and frying things and wrapping things in bacon are going to be my new go-to when eating steak and bun-less burgers get old. I may or may not have eaten three of the fried chicken last night. The crazy thing is that I felt satisfied but not overly full which is pure insanity given all that I ate!
Now onto the good part! I wanted fried chicken but I also wanted to keep oil out of it because it wasn't an animal product and I didn't have lard at home. So, the air fryer is always the solution! With the chicken skin and the pork rinds, there was definitely enough fat to cook with in the air fryer without adding anything in addition. I cannot stress again and again how much I love this machine!!!
Fried Chicken (Carnivore Style)
4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin on
1 bag of EPIC sea salt & pepper pork rinds, crushed (I used a food processor to make them fine)
salt, to taste (I love using Redmond salt)
Preheat the air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, create your breading station. One bowl with 2 eggs, scrambled and one bowl for the ground pork rinds.
Dip the chicken in the egg and then immediately in the pork rinds. Coat thoroughly. Place on a plate so it's ready for the air fryer.
Once preheated, place the chicken in the basket so that they are in a single layer and not overlapping. Depending on the size of your chicken, you may need to do two batches. If you have my amazing Cosori Air Fryer, press the chicken button which is 380F for 24 minutes. At the 12 minute mark, flip the chicken in the basket.
That is it!! I drizzled my fried chicken with my yummy Hollandaise sauce to add even more fat but you could literally just dive in!
It's crunchy, salty, dreamy and delicious! I am finding that the best part of eating carnivore is that everything is so simple in that all the recipes are based on 2 or 3 ingredients...mainly because that is the extent of what you can eat! If you take into account all the time and energy it usually takes to think of what to eat and then all the ingredients and prep work that goes into a meal...simplifying meals is really just perfect. I really hope that you guys try this recipe if you are looking to cut your carbs because it is an absolute winner. I will definitely be eating this at least once a week going forward.