Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"What can I say? Americans love fried chicken."
-Henry Balzer, Analyst

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You can use white flour for this, but I guarantee that you will love using chickpea (garbanzo) flour. I discovered this when having gluten free fried calamari at Legal Seafood. It makes a great nutty breading and cooks well at higher temperature. There's also over three times the fiber of white flour.


Healthy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 piece chicken

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe makes great leftovers and keeps well, refrigerated, for up to 4 days.

Serve with Plain Mashed Potatoes or Healthy French Fries or Barbara's Potato Salad or Plain Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version or Mashed Yams with Sage


Serve with Herbed Zucchini or Cole Slaw or Healthy Caesar Salad or Parsnip French Fries

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp dried rosemary (crushed)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk
1/8 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup canola oil
4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs

Place three paper towels folded on a plate.

Mix together the flour, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Place on another plate.

Whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Place the canola oil in a medium skillet (an iron skillet is best) over medium high heat. Heat until the oil is 325°F.

Dredge the chicken thighs in the buttermilk mixture until well coated.

Transfer to the plate with the flour mixture and coat well.

Add the chicken thigh to the pan.

Repeat for the other three chicken thighs.

Cook while adjusting the heat so that the oil does not get hotter than 350°F. Turn the chicken over after about 7 minutes.

Cook on the second side for another 7 to 10 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F. Remove the chicken from the oil and place on the paper towels to drain for not more than a minute. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 piece chicken

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 409 Calories from Fat 276
% Daily Value
Total Fat 31g 48%
    Saturated Fat 7g 27%
    Monounsaturated Fat 15g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 240mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
    Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1% Iron 12%
Vitamin K 12 mcg Potassium 292 mg
Magnesium 30 mg