Crispy Gluten-Free Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Hello there, my fellow foodies! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I’m always on the lookout for delicious yet healthy options in the kitchen. Today, I’m excited to share with you my latest creation – a gluten-free oven-fried chicken recipe!

For those of you who love fried chicken, but struggle with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, this recipe is for you. By using gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs made from rice flour and crushed cornflakes, we can make a crispy oven-fried chicken that is both crunchy and flavorful. And best of all, it doesn’t require any deep frying, making it a healthier option than traditional fried chicken.

But our recipe isn’t just about what it doesn’t have – it’s also about what it does have. We’ll be using a blend of herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning to give our chicken that classic savory taste. And the egg mixture we’ll be using to coat our chicken ensures that each piece is moist and tender on the inside while being crunchy on the outside.

So whether you’re in the mood for some southern-style buttermilk chicken or some keto-friendly chicken strips, this recipe has got you covered. It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and perfect for any occasion. Get your ingredients ready because it’s time to get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken
Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

Do you miss the deliciousness of fried chicken, but want a healthier option that works for your dietary restrictions? Look no further! This gluten-free oven fried chicken recipe will satisfy your cravings without compromising on taste or health.

One of the biggest advantages of this recipe is that it uses gluten-free flour, meaning it’s perfect for those with gluten intolerance, sensitivities or even celiac disease. The chicken pieces are coated in a mixture of tapioca flour, rice flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs to create a crispy crust while staying gluten-free.

But it doesn’t stop there – this recipe is also dairy-free, making it ideal for anyone who is lactose intolerant or following a dairy-free diet. Rather than using butter in the coating mixture or buttermilk to marinate the chicken, unsweetened almond milk and egg are used to create a deliciously crispy crust.

And for those looking to stay low carb, this recipe offers substation options like cassava flour and crushed cornflakes which produce a golden crunch on the chicken for some extra flavor and texture.

Let’s not forget that oven-frying is healthier than traditional deep frying that is all too common when making fried chicken. With this recipe, you’ll have a lower calorie count and won’t be left with greasy clothes or kitchen. You can finally say goodbye to all the guilt and hefty calories associated with indulging in fried chicken.

Trust me, this recipe checks all the boxes for flavor, texture, and most importantly healthiness. Perfect as a dinner dish or snack item at parties – this crispy oven-fried chicken is sure to be your new favorite comfort food!

Ingredient List

 This chicken is not fried, but oven-fried to perfection
This chicken is not fried, but oven-fried to perfection

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for this delicious and healthy gluten-free oven fried chicken recipe.

  • Chicken: This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenders, but feel free to use your favorite parts of the chicken.
  • Tapioca flour: This flour works as a binding agent and helps the chicken get crispy in the oven. It is a great alternative to traditional wheat flour for those who are gluten-free.
  • Rice flour: This gluten-free flour is light and adds crispiness to the chicken coating.
  • Gluten-free panko breadcrumbs: They add a nice crunch and texture to the chicken without using wheat-based breadcrumbs.
  • Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, poultry seasoning: This combination of spices adds flavor and brings out the best in your chicken ingredients.
  • Egg: Beat one egg in a bowl to help your coatings stick together.
  • Water: Use water to help thin out your egg mixture
  • Parsley flakes: Add color and freshness to your coating mix.
  • Optional: Dairy-free milk (such as unsweetened almond milk) can be used in place of egg in this recipe.

If you want to switch things up, you can always add other spices and herbs of your choice that complement poultry seasoning. For a low-carb option, you can also use cassava flour or cornmeal instead of rice flour.

The Recipe How-To

 Crispy, savory and gluten free – a trifecta of flavors!
Crispy, savory and gluten free – a trifecta of flavors!

Step One: Preheat Oven and Prepare Chicken Pieces

To start making this gluten-free oven fried chicken, preheat your oven to 450°F. While the oven is preheating, prepare your chicken pieces. You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken tenders, or chicken strips for this recipe.

Step Two: Make Egg Mixture

In a bowl, mix together one egg and 1/4 cup of water to create the egg mixture that will help the coating adhere to the chicken.

Step Three: Create the Coating

In another bowl, mix together 1 cup of gluten-free flour, 1/2 cup of tapioca flour, and 1 teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning. Mix everything together thoroughly.

Step Four: Dip Chicken in Coating

Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, making sure it’s coated thoroughly, then dip it into the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour before placing onto a baking sheet.

Step Five: Bake Chicken

Place the baking sheet with your prepared chicken into the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until they are fully cooked through and crispy golden brown.

Step Six: Serve Your Delicious Chicken

Once done, remove from oven and let cool for about five minutes before serving with your favorite sauce or sides like salad, steamed veggies or roasted potatoes!

Substitutions and Variations

 This gluten-free chicken is perfect for any cozy night in
This gluten-free chicken is perfect for any cozy night in

If you have dietary restrictions or simply want to switch things up a bit, there are many substitutions and variations you can make to this Gluten-Free Oven Fried Chicken Recipe. Here are some options to consider:

– Flour: Instead of tapioca flour, you could use cassava flour or rice flour. All-purpose gluten-free flour blends like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour could also work. If you’re not gluten-free, you could use regular all-purpose flour or cornmeal.

– Breadcrumbs: For the gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, you could try using crushed gluten-free bagels or cornflakes in place of the cornmeal. If you don’t need to be gluten-free, regular panko breadcrumbs or crushed crackers would also work.

– Seasonings: Don’t be afraid to play around with the seasonings! You could add smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for some heat, or swap out the parsley flakes for dried oregano or thyme.

– Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: You can easily substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs for chicken breasts in this recipe. They’ll have a little more fat and flavor than chicken breasts.

– Chicken Fingers and Tenders: For chicken strips, chicken fingers, or chicken tenders recipe variation, cut the chicken breasts into strips before starting the recipe. This will make them easier to eat with your hands!

– Low Carb and Keto: If you’re watching your carb intake, swap out the tapioca flour for almond flour and use crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs in this recipe.

– Buttermilk Chicken: Soak the chicken in buttermilk for several hours (or overnight) before coating it in the flour mixture for an extra crispy crust.

No matter which substitutions or variations you make, this recipe is sure to be a hit!

Serving and Pairing

 Oven frying helps to create a crispy texture without adding any extra oil
Oven frying helps to create a crispy texture without adding any extra oil

Now, let’s talk about how to serve and pair this delicious gluten-free oven fried chicken recipe.

The crispy exterior and juicy interior of the chicken make it a perfect main dish to be paired with a variety of side dishes. You can pair it with baked sweet potato fries, roasted veggies, or a simple green salad. The juicy chicken will complement any side dish you choose.

If you want to go all out Southern-style, you can also serve this gluten-free oven-fried chicken recipe with a side of creamy coleslaw and some fluffy biscuits. It’s comfort food at its best!

For those on a low carb or keto diet, try pairing this recipe with some roasted cauliflower or zucchini noodles instead of traditional carb-heavy sides.

If you’re serving a crowd, you can also make chicken strips or chicken tenders from this recipe and serve them alongside a variety of dipping sauces like honey mustard, ranch dressing, or barbecue sauce.

Lastly, remember to garnish your dish with some fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro to add some freshness and color to your plate.

No matter how you choose to serve this healthy and delicious gluten-free oven-fried chicken recipe, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't deprive yourself of fried chicken, just make it gluten-free and oven-baked
Don’t deprive yourself of fried chicken, just make it gluten-free and oven-baked

Now that you have prepared this delicious gluten-free, dairy-free oven-fried chicken, you may be wondering about its shelf life and how to reheat it for maximum enjoyment later. Don’t you worry! Here are some tips to ensure that your oven-fried chicken stays fresh and crispy.

One of the amazing benefits of this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. This means that if you are planning a party or a family gathering, you can prepare the chicken a day or two before the big day. If you want to make it ahead, let the oven-fried chicken cool completely after cooking, then store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to three days.

When reheating the chicken, place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350°F. Reheating in the oven will help prevent the chicken from getting soggy or losing its crispiness. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. You can also use an air fryer or toaster oven to reheat the chicken for equally crispy results.

If you find that your chicken has become soggy during storage, don’t fret! Just pop it back in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes to crisp it up again.

Another tip is to avoid reheating large batches of chicken all at once. Doing so might cause steam to form, making the coating turn soggy. Instead, reheat smaller portions and enjoy them freshly cooked.

So there you have it! With these tips, your gluten-free, dairy-free crispy oven-fried chicken recipe will stay fresh and maintain its texture even after being stored in the fridge or freezer for a little while.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect combination of juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside
The perfect combination of juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps necessary to make mouth-watering gluten-free oven-fried chicken let me share some tips to guarantee perfect results every time. Here are some important guidelines that I recommend for making this recipe:

1. Coat Chicken Thoroughly:

Ensure that the chicken is coated evenly and thoroughly with the flour mixture. This will help the chicken to bake evenly while also creating a crispy texture.

2. Use a Baking Sheet:

Using a baking sheet instead of a baking dish will allow for proper air circulation around the chicken, which can help it cook more evenly and become crispier.

3. Don’t Overcrowd:

Do not overcrowd the baking sheet as that could prevent proper air circulation, which would result in unevenly cooked chicken pieces. Space them out enough so they have room on all sides.

4. Preheat Your Oven:

Preheating your oven is very important when baking any type of food. It ensures that the oven reaches the correct temperature before food is added, resulting in better cooking times and even cooking.

5. Flip Chicken Pieces Halfway Through Baking:

Flip your chicken pieces halfway through cooking time (around 20 minutes). This will ensure an even golden brown crust on both sides of your chicken pieces.

6. Use a Meat Thermometer:

Using a meat thermometer to check if the internal temperature has reached 165°F/74°C can help you avoid under-cooking or over-cooking the chicken ensuring the best taste, quality and safety.

By following these tips, you’ll achieve incredible results every time you make this Gluten-Free Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe!


Now, we have come to my favorite section of any recipe article, the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). You might be wondering why they are my favorites. Well, FAQs are usually the section where I have the opportunity to address some of the most important concerns that people have about a particular recipe. And I find it deeply satisfying to provide solutions to most of the questions readers tend to ask. So, if you have any question in mind about this Gluten-Free Oven Fried Chicken Recipe, read on and let’s tackle it together!

What flour is best for gluten-free frying?

When it comes to frying gluten-free foods, the choice of flour can have a big impact on the texture and flavor of the dish. In my experience, I find that Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour, available in the red bag, works exceptionally well for frying. Its unique blend of bean flour gives a savory quality to the recipe. I recommend trying this flour with the Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Steak recipe for a perfect crisp and flavor.

Does gluten free flour work for deep frying?

Coating deep fried food with gluten free flour produces excellent results.

Why do you add cornstarch to flour for fried chicken?

If you want to achieve a perfect crispiness for your fried chicken, a mix of all-purpose flour and cornstarch in a 1:1 ratio is the way to go. This combination yields a stunningly browned exterior with an audible crunch that delivers a satisfying eating experience. The cornstarch also adds a lovely golden hue that is difficult for all-purpose flour alone to attain.

Can you eat fried chicken with celiac disease?

This study takes a closer look at potential gluten cross-contact in fried foods, particularly those cooked in shared fryers with wheat-containing foods at restaurants, which is generally discouraged for those with celiac disease.

Why do you add baking soda to flour for fried chicken?

When preparing fried food, a crumbly texture on the outer layer is desirable. Moisture plays a crucial role in achieving this texture, and adding baking powder enhances the process. Acting like a seasoning agent, baking powder draws moisture to the surface, facilitating its evaporation during the frying process. This results in the formation of crunchy fried bits that are delightful to bite into.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free oven-fried chicken recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for the comfort food classic without compromising on health. With a delicious and crispy coating made from gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and tapioca flour, and a mix of flavorful spices, your taste buds will thank you for the burst of flavors.

It’s a perfect alternative for those with celiac disease or who are gluten intolerant but still want to enjoy crispy fried chicken. Plus, it’s dairy-free, low-carb and keto-friendly, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to eat healthy.

This recipe is easy to follow and can be customized according to individual preferences. Whether you want to try chicken strips, chicken thighs or cutlets, this recipe can be adapted to make all of them. You can even use cassava flour or corn flakes instead of rice flour for a different twist!

So, next time you find yourself craving that delicious southern fried chicken, give this recipe a try. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how great it tastes. And don’t forget to share it with your friends and family too! Give them the gift of healthy yet mouth-watering gluten-free oven-fried chicken today!

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Contains NO: wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, or dairy.
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Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 491.6 kcal


  • 3 enjoy life original bagels
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 whole chicken breasts, cut in half (4 pieces total)


  • Split bagels in half.
  • Dry out bagels by letting them air out over night or by heating in the oven. For the oven method, preheat the oven to 200°F Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until bagels are crunchy. Cool.
  • Increase oven temperature to 375°F.
  • Place the dried bagels in a food processor and blend into fine crumbs. If you prefer, leave some pieces pea-size for added texture.
  • Add seasonings to 1 cup bagel crumbs; save remaining crumbs for later. Add oil and mix with fork until coated. Place the crumb mixture in a shallow pan or plate and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together water and tapioca starch.
  • Dip chicken into the liquid mixture and drain of any extra. Roll chicken in.
  • crumb mixture until coated.
  • Place coated chicken pieces in a shallow lightly greased pan. Bake for 15.
  • minutes or until chicken is tender and juices come out clear. The internal temperature should be a minimum of 165°F Enjoy!
  • * To make chicken breast cook more evenly, place the chicken on a piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle a little water over the chicken and cover with another sheet of plastic wrap. Pound the thicker portion of the breast until it becomes a uniform thickness.

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Serving: 244gCalories: 491.6kcalCarbohydrates: 43.3gProtein: 38.7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 92.8mgSodium: 1094.5mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.4g
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