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Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

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Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

Having grown up eating boneless chicken breasts on almost a nightly basis, neither I nor Taylor had too much experience with bone-in chicken dinners.  But after watching Food Inc. and learning more about the ramifications of wanting only boneless, white chicken breasts, I watched some videos on YouTube about how to cut up (or pare) a whole chicken and entered a whole new world of cooking.

But still, the price I was paying for whole, natural, local chickens wasn’t saving any money, and was taking up more time than I had for preparing meals.  Then one day while I was at Earth Fare (a wonderful natural grocery chain) I picked up some packs of whole chicken legs.

The price was right–just $1.45 per pound, and with a little luck and practice, I’ve come up with a super easy, gluten-free Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe that has yet to be met with anything less than rave reviews.  So here’s my recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest, non-chicken-on-the-bone eating customers:

Serves 2 People

  • 2 whole chicken legs
  • 2 cans of peas (strained of liquid) or 1 (thawed) bag of frozen peas or veggies of choice
  • *1/2 cup of gluten-free flour of choice*
  • EarthBalance vegan butter spread
  • salt or seasoning of choice

*I have used many different gluten-free flour options, so feel free to experiment, but a surprising favorite (and lower carb option) is garfava flour.  Or you can grind down raw nuts, like pecans (add a little flour to prevent it from sticking).  And a huge crowd-pleaser is to take your favorite gluten-free cereal, like Crispix Rice Cereal and mash it up in a zip lock.

Preaheat oven to 425 degrees.

Dump flour into a paper grocery bag with a bit of salt or seasoning blend like Tony Chachere’s. Pare chicken legs at joint, separating drumsticks from thighs, you will have 4 pieces. Piece by piece, place chicken in the bag with flour, fold down top of bag, hold tightly and shake to coat.

Add a very small pat of EarthBalance spread placed on top of each chicken piece. Place pieces into a baking pan with raised edges. Bake for 10 minutes on top shelf under the broiler.

Remove from oven and add peas or veggies in around the chicken. Add a few more small pats of Earth Balance. Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.  For extra crispiness, try broiling for 1 extra minute.

Kristen Campbell - who has written 71 posts on Gluten Free Fox.

When Kristen and Taylor created The Gluten-Free Search Engine years ago, they never dreamed that just a few years later they would be sharing their lives with a beautiful, gluten-allergic dog named Waylon. Not too long after adopting their new "dog child," they headed closer to home and found themselves in the mountains of North Carolina. It was here that Kristen realized her lifelong dream of creating healthier, gluten-free beauty products and launched Gluten Free Beauty. Having shared her finds for the safest and best natural, g/f beauty products via her first-ever website, NaturallyDahling.com, she is thrilled now to be putting out products that she can enjoy and that she knows are safer than alternatives!

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