Crunchy Fried Chicken Without Flour – 3 Best Recipes

Here are top 3 best recipes to cook healthy fried chicken without flour.

So you have got a challenge to cook fried chicken without flour, and it should be crunchy and crispy simultaneously?

It’s really tricky to attain the crisp outside and juice inside without loading your white meat with heavy coatings.

Is there any solution?

Yes, in this article, we’ll be sharing mouthwatering flourless fried chicken recipes for a whole chicken, chicken thighs, and chicken wings. Keep reading and learn how you can fry chicken without flour or any flour alternatives. Here we come.

1. Easy Flourless Fried Chicken – Shallow Frying Method 

Without using a lot of seasoning and flour, you can still achieve perfect juicy and crispy chicken at the same time. And, it’s what this easy shallow fried chicken recipe helps you with. 

You can try it with your whole chicken, chicken pieces, chicken thigh, and wings. Let’s see how you can make it!

Ingredients for Chicken 

  • 1 whole chicken with skin cut into 4 pieces after removing the mid bone
  • Sea salt or rock salt to taste
  • Canola oil for shallow frying

Ingredients for Seasoning 

  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp black salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 4 lemons cut in halves

Method

  • Wash the chicken pieces and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Take a large-sized pan that allows water evaporation to let your chicken achieve the right crisp.
  • Add canola oil to the pan enough that your chicken would be half-dipped into the pan. It would be ¼ of the actual depth of the pan. And heat it.
  • Check the oil temperature by using a thermometer. It should be…… If you don’t have a thermometer, take a wooden stick or spatula and dip it in the pan. If you see bubbles around it, the oil is ready for frying.
  • Season the chicken pieces with salt heavily.
  • Add the chicken into the oil and let it fry over medium heat. Don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • Turn the chicken a bit after every 5 minutes and keep frying until you spot a nice golden color on the chicken. It would roughly take about 30 minutes.
  • At this point, add a few garlic cloves to add a charismatic aroma to your chicken. Let the chicken fry with garlic for 5 more minutes.
  • Your chicken is fried.
  • Now mix the ingredients for seasoning and sprinkle them over the chicken. You can also use your favorite seasoning.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken and give a treat of tons of flavors to your taste buds.

For frying chicken thighs without flour:

You can use the method mentioned above, except you need to double fry the chicken thighs. 

  • First, fry them at 300F until they’re golden brown.
  •  Then remove the chicken thighs, rest for 15 minutes and fry again at a higher temperature of 400F. It’ll make the chicken things perfect, crunchy from the outside, and fully cooked inside.

Note: You can add garlic cloves during the last 5 minutes of double frying the chicken thigh.

2. Deep Fried Chicken Without Flour – Chinese Style

How often do you hate seeing blood near the bones when eating fried chicken? It also can become embarrassing when you serve your best-fried chicken, but your guests don’t eat that undercooked chicken without telling you the actual reason. 

Such a nightmare is over now!

We’ve come up with this flour-free, fully done, golden brown deep-fried chicken. It’s Chinese-style chicken, yet you may experiment with the broth ingredients and seasoning. Follow the basic techniques, and you’re ready to throw a dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken leg quarters 
  • 3 cups water 
  • 2 tbsp salt 

For brine

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup soy sauce  (skip it if you want to go completely gluten-free) 
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 star anise 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 4 slices of chopped ginger 
  • 2 stalks of green onions (skip if you don’t have them)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves (optional)

Method

  • Put the chicken in a large bowl and add 3 cups of water in it. Add 1 tbsp salt into it and mix it.
  • Let the chicken rest in this simple brine for at least 6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • When your brined chicken is ready, prepare the broth.
  • To prepare the broth, add 6 cups of water and all the broth ingredients: ginger, salt, lemon juice, black pepper, star anise, and cloves into the water and let it boil for 10 minutes.
  • In this broth, add chicken and boil for 20 minutes. During parboiling, keep mixing the chicken with a spatula every 5 minutes.
  • After parboiling, remove the chicken from the broth and place the chicken pieces on a mesh tray so the liquid is strained and the rest evaporates. Thus, your chicken will be dehydrated. Furthermore, putting chicken into hot oil, right from the boiling water, can be extremely dangerous.
  • For deep frying, pour canola oil (preferably) into the wok or pan and let it heat on medium flame. Check the oil temperature to be 350F using a thermometer. You can also use a wooden stick or spatula to check the oil temperature suitability. The oil is ready if you see bubbles along with the wooden bar.
  • Deep-fry chicken in this oil till it turns golden brown. 

Note: 

  • You can use this method for frying chicken thighs, wings, and whole chicken as well.  
  • After mixing the seasoning with butter, you can also baste your favorite seasoning on this fried chicken.
  • If you are running short of time, you can skip the first step of bringing chicken in salty water overnight or 6 hours. Yet, this step can help your fried chicken remain juicier.

3. Pan Fried Chicken wings without Flour 

No drama, few ingredients, and simple techniques can do wonders to your wings when fried in little or no oil. No oil, stir-frying?

Yes, you got it right. Here is a simple recipe for flawless fried chicken wings with 3 versions:

  • Pan-fry
  • Oven fry 
  • Air frying

Feeling excited?

Let’s know how you can cook your most yummy chicken wings.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken wings with skin
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp Ginger juice (grate the ginger and squeeze to get juice)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine (you can also use lemon juice in the same quantity)
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp of cooking oil

Method

  • Wash the chicken wings and pat dry them using a paper towel.
  • Add all the ingredients to the chicken wings and mix them well.
  • Marinate the chicken wings for 2 hours in the refrigerator
  • After two hours, let them rest at room temperature for half an hour to thaw
  • Turn on the flame at medium heat.
  • Add oil to a large-sized seasoned cast iron pan or nonstick pan and spread wings evenly in the pan.
  • Let them fry for a minute, then cover them with a lid for 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, flip the wings and cover them again.
  • Repeat the flipping and turning every 2 minutes, and keep them covered during the cooking process. Keep doing so until the wings attain a nice crunchy golden brown color on all sides.

Note: You can also follow the same seasoning for oven or air frying. 

How can you fry chicken wings without flour in the oven?

  • For oven frying these flourless chicken wings, place baking paper on a baking tray. 
  • Spray the chicken wings with oil; place wings in the tray 2 inches apart and bake wings at 400F for 15 minutes. 
  • After 15 minutes, flip the wings and bake again at the same temperature for 15 more minutes. Your crispy brown wings will be ready.

For fried chicken in air fryer without flour:

  • Place wings or chicken pieces at a decent distance in the air fryer basket and fry them at 350F for 15 minutes. 
  • After 15 minutes, open the basket and check the wings. Now fry them again by raising the temperature to 400F, so the wings get a beautiful brown color.

SO WHICH ONE IS THE CRISPIEST?

Among all the methods mentioned above, the wings fried in the air fryer and oven will be more crispy for fried wings without flour.

Enjoy these best recipes, and let us know which you liked the most in the comment section.

We’ll keep bringing you more delicious recipes!

FAQs

Can you fry skinless chicken without four?

You can fry skinless chicken without flour. “Yet, what type of frying is better?” It’s a big question. You can’t fry every chicken piece evenly.

So, here is the list of what type of frying is suitable for no breading, skinless chicken frying:

  • You can stir fry chicken wings and chicken strips. They might get some color and remain soft. However, over-frying can cause the meat to get hard and lose moisture.
  • You stir fry the boneless chicken no matter what part it is.
  • You can deep fry or shallow fry skinless chicken breast, leg quarters, wings, or thighs, yet, it can be a huge mistake to aim for typical “golden brown” color. It’ll cause the meat to lose moisture and become too chewy— that’ll struggle during chewing and be pretty annoying!

Can you substitute flour with egg to fry chicken?

NO!

Replacing flour with eggs can sound like a great idea. Truth is, eggs have got nothing to do with your chicken frying adventure. 

It’s the chicken’s skin that’ll become crispy when fried, not the egg coating. More adversely, the egg coating can burn faster and create an illusion of doneness. 

So, opt for flour or no flour at all, and chicken with skin.

Is fried chicken without flour more healthy?

Flour adds more carbs to your fried chicken and, of course, more calories. So, cutting the carbs and added calories is a good idea. 

Additionally, when carbs are combined with fat, are considered bad for your health. A study reveals that combination forces your body to call for more food and eventually you’re obese.

Fried chicken with flour vs no flour, which absorbs more oil?

In every way, it’s evident that extra coating on your fired items absorbs more fat. Resultantly the food is more calorie-rich, challenging to digest, and bad for your overall health. So, when frying you should choose the healthiest method.

Is fried chicken without flour keto?

Yes, fried chicken with no flour or any other “carbs-based batter” is good for keto. You only need to calculate your macros e.g. fats and protein ratio and customize your portions. All the recipes that we’ve shared are keto-friendly.

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