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Spicy Almond Crusted Chicken


I live in the south, I grew up in the south, I have lived in the south all but 5 years of my life, I consider myself a southerner and as if there was any question my family loves southern food. The problem with southern food is so many foods I grew up with and love are either not the healthiest or they are full of gluten that I can no longer eat. Well I can, I will just get pretty sick. So what’s a girl to do when craving her favorite foods or when her kid’s are begging for their favorites? I was tired of cooking 2 different meals so I started figuring out how to make versions of the foods that I could eat also.

My kids love fried chicken, breaded chicken strips along with good ole chicken nuggets. They ask for it on a regular basis. Fried chicken is one of the many foods of the south. Right down the road from my house there is not just one but 4 fast food restaurants that sell fried chicken. I knew I needed to figure out how to make it and that I had my work cut out for me. Through some trail and error I created my spicy almond crusted chicken. It is an oven fried chicken and works in a pinch as a replacement for breaded chicken. I know my family loves it! What is even better about this recipe is it is not just gluten free but it is completely grain free making it paleo. So this recipes gets double points for not only being gluten free but being grain free and using almond meal makes it heart healthy. Hooray for making classic southern food even better! Try it for yourself and see just how good it is!

Spicy Almond Crusted Chicken | Country Girl Gourmet



Spicy Almond Crusted Chicken
  • 2lbs chicken breast
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1TB season salt
  • 1tsp chili powder
  • ¼-1/2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1TB parsley
  1. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of about ½-1/4 inch or use a heavy frying pan
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Combine almond flour, black pepper, parsley, chili powder, ground cayenne pepper and season salt. I like to use a pie plate
  4. Coat both sides of chicken breast with almond flour mixture.
  5. Place chicken on pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown and the meat is no longer pink in the center.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

Years ago I was introduced to Buffalo Chicken Dip and I fell in love. It has to be probably my favorite dip. Whenever I bring it to get togethers those who have never tasted it’s deliciousness before fall in love. Buffalo Chicken Dip is very addictive. It is the perfect snack for most any get together from Super bowl weekend to anytime you are hanging out with friends.

Buffalo Chicken Dip | Country Girl Gourmet

Buffalo Chicken Dip


2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (3 chicken breast) cooked and shredded

2 8oz packages cream cheese

3/4 cup hot sauce (such as Franks Red Hot or Texas Pete)

1 cup Ranch Dressing

2 cups colby-jack cheese, shredded and divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot pepper sauce, 1 cup colby-jack cheese and ranch dressing in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Transfer chicken mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle with 1 cup colby-jack cheese.
  4. Bake  20 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and/or vegetables.