Healthier Fried Chicken with Crunchy Vegetable Chip Batter – Gluten-Free! – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Healthier Fried Chicken with Crunchy Vegetable Chip Batter – Gluten-Free!

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Nothing is better than crispy fried chicken. Salty, savoury and so delicious that everyone fights for the last piece.

Fried chicken is so darn good… well, taste wise, not health wise. Until now!

My healthier version of this comfort food favourite is baked, not fried, so you get all the deliciousness for less fat and fewer calories. You gotta try this healthier fried chicken!

Healthier Fried Chicken Battered in Terra Chips - Gluten Free! Christy Brissette media registered dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

Disclosure: I was financially compensated by Terra Chips for this blog post. As always, I only work with companies I believe in and who create foods I enjoy myself. All opinions are 100% my own.

Traditional fried chicken uses lots of white flour. To make these baked chicken thighs gluten-free and have some of the crunch and crispiness of fried versions that use corn flakes or panko bread crumbs, I used TERRA Chips. These aren’t your average chips; they’re a tasty multi-coloured blend of root vegetables such as taro, sweet potato, yuca, batata and parsnip.

 Healthier Fried Chicken Battered in Terra Chips - Gluten Free! Christy Brissette media registered dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

You’re probably wondering… cooking with chips? What’s that all about?

As long as you choose healthier chips that are free of trans fats for your recipes, you’ll get some nutritional benefits along with amazing flavour and texture. I’m not just talking about entrees here.

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 TERRA Chips are non-GMO, gluten-free, trans fat free and a source of fibre. They’re a delicious way to sneak some vegetables into your fried chicken!

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Kids will love the bright colours of this healthier fried chicken – and you can feel good about the fact that the colours are all natural. TERRA Chips are free of artificial colours, preservatives and flavours.

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Healthier Fried Chicken Battered in TERRA Chips – Gluten-Free!

Healthier Fried Chicken Battered in Terra Chips - Gluten Free! Christy Brissette media registered dietitian 80 Twenty Nutrition

Ready for a healthier take on fried chicken? Here is my baked version the whole family will enjoy!

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Healthier Fried Chicken with Crunchy TERRA Chip Batter - Gluten-Free!

This healthier version of "fried" chicken is baked, not fried, so you get all the deliciousness for less fat and fewer calories. Using gluten-free root vegetable chips in the batter ups the fibre for an even healthier fried chicken!
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk or almond milk (try Almond Dream enriched original almond milk) http://hain-celestial.ca/OurBrands/Dream/TetraPak/AlmondEnrichedOriginal
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups Terra Chips (I used Sweets and Beets)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet or glass baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Wash chicken, pat dry and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl beat milk or almond milk and the eggs. In another medium bowl combine the quinoa flour, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper.
  • Put the TERRA Chips in a large bowl. Using the bottom of a glass or mason jar, gently crush the chips into small pieces.
  • Dip the chicken in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture and then in the TERRA Chips crust. Place on the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each piece with olive oil.
  • Bake the chicken for 35 minutes. Increase the heat to 450°F and bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve with a mixed green salad or a healthier homemade coleslaw. Just mix a bag of shredded cabbage, carrots, kale and beets with a bit of Greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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