Oh-So-Easy Chicken Fried Chicken in 30 Minutes

I came up with this recipe on accident when making another recipe. The fried chicken tasted so good I made it its own meal. It tastes so amazing, and the chicken is so tender that you can cut it with the side of your fork. And I can make this a whole meal in a half hour.

The gravy recipe is a modified version of the gravy recipe from 1000 Gluten Free Recipes by Carol Fenster. If you end up using almond milk like I did, you may need to add more seasoning, so you can modify this recipe to taste. The almond milk adds a touch of sweetness to the gravy. Regular milk would work as well, though. You may want to double the gravy recipe if you love gravy or want to make enough to pour over mashed potatoes. This will make just enough to pour over both pieces of chicken.

Oh yeah, and this recipe is gluten, corn, soy, and dairy free. And Candida Diet kosher.

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These pictures are from the last two times I made this. For the picture on the left, I let the gravy thicken too much. For the picture on the right, I am ashamed by the lack of vegetables. I apparently can’t master the art cooking two sides AND a main dish.

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

2 tablespoons Olive Oil, or 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter

2 chicken breasts, fresh or thawed

1 egg

½ cup brown rice flour

½ teaspoon lemon pepper (or more, to taste)

½ teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)

½ teaspoon pepper (or more, to taste)

For the gravy:

1 tablespoon chicken drippings

1 cup of almond milk, divided into ¾ cup and ¼ cup ( I use the unsweetened coconut and almond milk blend)

2+ teaspoons brown rice flour

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

Sprinkle of garlic powder

Directions:

If chicken is frozen, thaw it out thoroughly. It has to be thawed enough to pound out. Place one piece of chicken in a Ziploc bag and pound out until the meat is only ½ inch thick. Try not to break it into separate pieces. I don’t have a meat tenderizer, so I use the muddler from our bar set. It works perfectly!

Add the olive oil and butter to a large skillet and heat over medium high to high heat. If the oil starts to pop before you are ready, turn heat to low, but you need the oil to be very hot. Mix together the brown rice flour, lemon pepper, salt, and pepper in a pie plate. Beat the egg in a separate pie plate.

Dip the pounded-out chicken in the flour mix, than in   the egg, then back in the flour. Set aside. Repeat with other piece. You can continue re-dipping the chicken until all the egg or flour is used up.

By now the oil should be hot, so add the chicken to the skillet. Fry for 5 minutes, then turn over and fry for another 5 minutes. You may need to add more oil when turning if the skillet looks dry. The time may vary, depending on your stove and how hot the oil is, so watch the chicken and turn when each side is cooked to a nice dark brown. Mine works perfectly at 5 minutes a side though.

Remove chicken. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from the skillet. Add in ¾ cup of milk. Add and let it bubble on high while you mix the rest of the ingredients together – the 2 teaspoons flour, ¼ teaspoons salt and pepper, and garlic powder to remaining ¼ cup of milk. Mix until smooth, then pour into skillet. Cook gravy, stirring constantly, until thickened. If mixture is not thickening fast enough, add another teaspoon of flour. Taste the gravy to see if it needs more seasoning. Once thickened, turn off burner. Pour gravy over chicken and serve.