Find a crafted gluten-free, fried keto cashew chicken recipe for you to use, whether you are using your favorite Trifecta a la carte proteins or just want to add some healthy fats and flavor to your Trifecta chicken. This recipe doesn't take long (anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes at most), and you can make it ahead of time for your weekly meal prep!
How To Healthily Fry Chicken
Believe it or not there is a way that you can create the crispiness that is closely associated with deep frying, but with tons less oil.
This process is called shallow frying, meaning adding a small amount of oil on a pan and ‘frying’ both sides of the chicken for a short amount of time, and finishing the cooking process in the oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F degrees. Granted, note this is if you are cooking the chicken from raw. If however, you are using the Trifecta A La Carte chicken, then the process is simpler, as you are both reheating and frying the chicken at the same time. Do aim to get the internal temperature to 160F - 165F for a proper reheat temperature.
Calculating Your Keto Carb Count
If you are unsure of what carb range you need to be in following a keto diet use this keto carb calculator:
If needed, and to avoid burning the chicken coating, fry both sides of the chicken as much as you can (as crispy as possible until a golden-brown color is achieved), and then finish it in the oven for a few minutes. Taking the internal temperature will be key to avoiding a dry the chicken.
Tip: The internal temperature for cooking chicken is 165F. This is key to achieving a moist chicken breast. Anything excessively beyond 165F will dry out the protein.
Another great tip to reduce the amount of fat is to use the air fryer instead. Air fryers are great for not only cooking, but also searing and getting a nice caramelization on the outside of any food.
Though this keto recipe calls for Trifecta's A La Carte chicken breast, you can also make this recipe by cooking the protein from scratch. Granted, you will save tons of time if you have the Trifecta chicken!
If you are cooking the chicken from scratch, make sure you season it with salt and pepper before coating it. You can also marinate the chicken in coconut milk to increase the moisture content, or use chicken thighs for a slight higher fat content (compared to chicken breast).
What to Serve with this Keto Fried Chicken With
- This delicious cauliflower rice
- A low-carb vegetable mix, like green onions, bell peppers, spinach and tomato
- Keto Mac and Cheese
- Top with pickled vegetables
- Dice the fried chicken, and add it to a stir fried rice or noodle dish!
- Make a quick sauce with sesame oil, coconut aminos, soy sauce and garlic and add to it on top of the chicken!
There’s not much to this recipe. It’s as easy as one, two, three, four and enjoy. Let’s dive into it.
How to Fry a Cashew-Covered Keto Chicken in Four StepsPrep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- Cutting board and chef's knife
- Large saute pan
- Mixing bowls
- Food processor
- Air Fryer (optional)
- Thermometer (for chicken and oil)
Step One: Prepare the Cashew Coconut Coating
Preheat the oven to 375F. Add the cashews into a food processor and pulse until coarse dust is formed. Add the coconut flakes, garlic, salt, paprika, and parsley. Pulse once again to combine. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Step Two: Make Egg, Coconut Milk, and Water Mix
In a separate bowl mix the egg, coconut milk, and water mixture. Mix together by whipping with a fork or with a hand blender until fully incorporated. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Step Three: Coat Chicken + Warm Oil
Add oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high heat.
Coat chicken by soaking first in the egg-coconut milk mixture. Dip chicken in the egg mixture followed then by cashew mixture, fully coating both sides of each piece and shaking off any excess. Transfer to a holding plate until all chicken pieces are fully coated.
Step Four: Cook Chicken & Enjoy
Add chicken to skillet by placing the chicken away from you to avoid hot oil from splashing and burning you, and cook until browned on each side (about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Finish in oven for 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Repeat with every chicken piece and serve immediately with your favorite sauces!
Storage and Serving
While the best results of enjoying a crunchy fried chicken are to be served immediately, if you are looking at meal prepping this recipe, we highly suggest you only store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The coating may get soagy if stored for a longer period of time.
Store in an airtight container and reheat in an oven or air fryer for best results.
Too Busy? We Got You!
Want to get more out of your weekly meal prep efforts? Stick to your calorie goals and budget with our A la Carte Ingredients. Pre-cooked and ready to heat, these ingredients are organic, sustainably sourced, and minimally seasoned to maximize your meal prep.