Like the name implies, with keto naked fried chicken, there is no need for marinade, breading or batter. (Surely, you didn’t think we meant frying the chicken while naked!)
We’re talking deep fried chicken with gloriously crispy skin, ready to be seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder hot out of the fryer after draining on papers towels.
You don’t want to season before cooking so that you can reuse the oil over – and over – without the sediment settling.
You’ll need a deep fryer, oil, seasonings and chicken. Heat oil, pat chicken parts dry and fry. It’s that simple.
I love to fry thighs because they are so juicy. Wings are another good choice.
While I stick with lard, coconut oil and palm oil are other great options. Here’s more about choosing the best oils for deep frying.
For the most flavorful naked keto fried chicken, I use pure, non-hydrogenated lard.
If you can get your hands on it, try to find Leidy’s brand. It is 100% pure leaf lard and it should cost under $4.00.
Have you tried to price comparable lard elsewhere? The cost is astronomical. Leidy’s website has a “where to buy” page, but it is inaccurate and incomplete.
It’s definitely worth looking around for it and, if you can’t find it, ask your local grocer to stock it. This is the good stuff.
You do NOT want to buy the lard on the supermarket shelf. Non-hydrogenated lard requires refrigeration and it can be frozen.
Read this information article about the benefits of lard, with instructions for rendering your own lard.
Naked fried chicken with cauliflower and cheese and collared greens.
Naked fried chicken with a little hot sauce!
I have this Fry Daddy. I love it because it’s small and convenient. I can easily fry a large chicken thigh and a couple of wings at one time. It’s fine for me because I like to cook only what I need and I don’t like reheating fried chicken.
But I’m definitely considering upgrading so that I can fry enough chicken for a small group in one or two batches.
Your deep fryer should come with an instruction booklet with recommended cooking times, depending on the type and amount of pieces being fried. If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can use a heavy pot with a deep fry thermometer like this one.
Naked Keto Fried Chicken
Simple, golden keto naked fried chicken. Zero carbs and crispy skin.
- Chicken pieces (your preference, e.g., 2 thighs, 5 wings or 1 thigh + 3 wings)
- Cooking oil (lard, coconut oil, etc.)
- Seasonings to taste
Set out chicken and blot dry with paper towels
Heat oil according to your fryer’s directions (350° to 375°). Takes about 15 minutes.
My fryer does not have a temperature control – it cooks everything at 375°
- Step 3 Carefully place chicken pieces in the hot oil with tongs or any utensil that came with your fryer. DO NOT SEASON – you want to avoid leaving sediment so that you can reuse the oil without it burning or leaving a bitter taste.
- Step 4 When done, carefully remove chicken to a plate lined with paper towels
- Step 5 Let sit for about 10-30 seconds
- Step 6 Add any seasonings you want. I typically season heavily with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then douse with hot sauce. Now, that’s good eating!
Try this delicious naked fried chicken and tell me about it below. Also, please let us know if you come across a good, economical source for pure lard.