Grain-Free Buttermilk Baked Chicken

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This time of year is perfect for hearty meat dishes such as this grain-free version of an all-time favorite. Using homemade buttermilk not only adds a rich flavor to this chicken dish, but it also tenderizes the chicken to perfection via the naturally occurring acids in the buttermilk.

Baking the chicken, instead of frying, saves much of the mess and hands-on time involved in the usual breaded and fried chicken. But, because the chicken is marinated in buttermilk, you don’t skimp on flavor or moistness.

Serve this up next to a big pan of roasted vegetables and a large portion of kraut for the perfect winter evening meal. Or use some more of that buttermilk to make a big pan of buttermilk biscuits to serve to the hungry crowd.

Grain-Free Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Prepare the Chicken:

  • 4 to 5 pounds chicken, cut up
  • 2 cups cultured buttermilk

Instructions:
Pour buttermilk into a large bowl; add chicken pieces and mix to make sure all pieces are covered with buttermilk. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, make coating mix.

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Coating Mix Ingredients

Note: this makes more coating mix than you will probably need. You can store the extra in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for several months.

  • 1-1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (ground or rubbed)
  • 1-1/2  teaspoons Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Mix together almond flour and spices. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and pour 1/4 cup melted butter or ghee over the surface. Set aside.
  2. Place 1 cup of coating mix in a bowl with a lid. Remove chicken from buttermilk marinade and shake off excess buttermilk. Drop a few pieces of chicken at a time into the bowl of coating mix, place the lid on, and shake to coat chicken. Place chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all of the chicken, adding additional coating mix to bowl if needed. (Alternately, use a zippered plastic bag instead of a bowl.) Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and crispy. Brush pieces with additional melted butter several times during baking, if desired.

Note: You can use sprouted brown rice flour or sprouted wheat flour in place of the almond meal for a non-grain-free version.

Shannon

Shannon is a mama to three small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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