Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken

My gluten free husband hasn’t had real fried chicken in AGES. I’ve made breaded chicken but using almond meal instead of breadcrumbs. It’s surprisingly good, but it’s not fried chicken. And flavoring just the breaking doesn’t do the trick because then your meat isn’t flavorful.

Enter this recipe which is a take off Ina Garten’s. I’ve made some changes with flavoring and measurements. And you’ll notice I use only dark meat. They cook up juicer and is much more forgiving in terms of cooking time. If you choose to use white meat, don’t use boneless meat and remove from the oven about 5-10 minutes sooner.

Its crispy, crunchy, juicy, flavorful fried chicken goodness. Whether you’re gluten free or not, this is the best oven fried chicken recipe I’ve ever made. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

6 chicken legs, separated thighs and legs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup brown mustard

2 cups gluten free breadcrumbs
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Herbs de Provence
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 385F degrees on convection roast, or 400F.

Mix buttermilk and mustard together in a large bowl and submerge all the chicken pieces, including under the skin. Marinade at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Mix all remaining dry ingredients in a shallow dish or loaf pan. Dip chicken pieces in the dry mixture and place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake 25 mins, then flip the pan and bake another 20 mins.

Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 mins. Serve. Makes enough for 5-6 people.

Slow Cooker Lentil Tomato Stew

This Lentil Tomato Stew doesn't photograph so pretty, but it's damn tasty!

This Lentil Tomato Stew doesn’t photograph so pretty, but it’s damn tasty!

It’s been WAY too long since I last wrote on this blog. But my impetus for this entry is, of course, food. This time is a ridiculously simple but hearty stew that’s naturally vegetarian/vegan (if you use veggie stock or broth), gluten and dairy free, high in protein and fiber, and low in fat . And if it tasted too healthy and bland I wouldn’t be writing about it, so trust me on this.

I’ve been making lentil soup for years and frankly, the idea of making another pot of the stuff bored me. But I remembered a pot of lentil stew that one of my former roommates during my college years made without the usual mirepoix of carrots and celery. Could I throw a bag of lentils, some diced tomatoes, and some spices into a slow cooker, have it be done by the time I get home from work, AND actually taste like something I’d look forward to eating?

YES! This stew is awesome! It goes great with rice or with a nice crusty piece of bread. Easy, delish, good for you = the trifecta. Voila!

Slow Cooker Lentil Tomato Stew
16 oz. green lentils, uncooked
One 28 oz. can diced tomatoes & their juice
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3.5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

*Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This should make a good amount of stew (around 6-8 servings). Serve alone, with rice, or with some nice crusty bread.