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Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken

This gluten free spicy fried chicken is packed full of flavor and has the perfect crispy crunch. It’s soaked in hot sauce spiked buttermilk and fried in a gluten free flour and corn meal crust. Trust me, it’s the new gluten free fried chicken of your Southern dreams.

Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

Have I ever talked about my love for fried chicken? My dad makes the BEST fried chicken in all the world. It has the perfect crispy to juicy ratio and just the right salty bite.

I have tried and tried to make my dads fried chicken but every single time it just doesn’t turn out the same. That’s why when I’m home I just make him make it for me. With a big side of mashed potatoes and corn on the side. I don’t care what time of the year it is, you cannot have fried chicken without mashed potatoes and corn. Oh and the corn has to be served on top of the potatoes.

It’s a rule.

Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

However, this fried chicken is NOTHING like my dads but just as delicious. I decided since I cannot recreate my dads chicken I will just make my own. This version is gluten free and full of spicy flavor. I used my favorite gluten free flour blend from Pamela’s and mixed it with some fine ground yellow corn meal. I also used hot sauce in the buttermilk marinade – Why? Because spice rules.

I also threw in a lot of smoked paprika because I still cannot live without it. I swear this obsession will never go away.

If you’re staring at your screen thinking to yourself “Gluten free? I’m not sure…” stop freaking out. I served this meal to husband and asked him what he thought. His response “It was good…why?” Me: “Ha! It’s gluten free! I bet you didn’t even know!” To which he replied “Nope. Tasted normal to me.” You know what that means? Stop being scared of gluten free flour. It’s awesome and tastes just as good as your standard all purpose. Plus it opens up delicious fried chicken to all your gluten free family members. They will LOVE you for this!

Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

Now, if frying chicken freaks you out I have a few simple ideas that could make it easier:

1. Fry the chicken outside in your outdoor kitchen. What? You’re not Paula Deen? You could always use one of those little side burners that come on grills. Or maybe a little induction burner.

2. Open up all the windows, turn on the oven hood and just hope your house doesn’t smell like fried food afterwords.

3. Don’t open your windows (because it’s summer and it’s freaking hot) and instead just light a thousand candles and make you house smell like a Yankee Candle store. It does a great job at masking the scent.

4. Throw caution to the wind and just fry the damn chicken. It will be worth it.

Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny


Gluten Free Spicy Fried Chicken

This gluten free spicy fried chicken is packed full of flavor and has the perfect crispy crunch. It's soaked in Tabasco spiked buttermilk and fried in a gluten free flour and corn meal crust. Trust me, it's the new gluten free fried chicken of your Southern dreams.

Yield: 6 drumsticks

Prep Time: 15 minutes plus marinading time

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes plus marinading time


6 chicken drumsticks, with the skin
2 cup buttermilk
10 shakes hot sauce
1 cup Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
3 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil


In a large bowl add drumsticks.

In a large measuring cup add buttermilk and hot sauce sauce. Stir to combine and pour over chicken. Cover chicken with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 2 hours.

When you ready to fry your chicken start your flour mixture.

In a shallow dish (I use a 9x9 pan) stir together gluten free flour blend, corn meal, kosher salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

In a large skillet add 1/2 inch vegetable oil and start heating it over medium high heat.

Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and coat thoroughly in flour mixture. Set floured chicken aside until all chicken has been floured.

Once the oil is hot add the chicken and cook 7 minutes per side.

The small sides (you know like the left and right of the drumstick) cook for 3-4 minutes.

Once fully cooked remove from the pan and add to a wire rack lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle with additional kosher salt and let cool slightly before serving.

Serve with hot sauce and a cold beer.

Note: How to check if your oil is ready - You should see ripples in the oil but it should not be smoking. You can test the oil by sprinkling a little flour into the pan. If it sizzles right away the oil is ready.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pamela’s Products. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

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Megan {Country Cleaver}

Monday 31st of August 2015

Woah, Nelly!! I mean Woahh, Nanny? You know what I mean - I have never needed fried chicken so badly in my life!!!


Friday 10th of July 2015

I have been craving fried chicken, but I hate the way I feel after eating fast food. Its always too salty and too greasy. My hubby 's gluten free and as soon as I came across your recipe I had to try it! Perfection! He loved it and went for seconds. Thanks for this great recipe! I spiked the buttermilk with some scotch bonnet pepper (its the Caribbean in me) and it gave just the spicy kick I like!! This is a keeper!

Karin Hoskin

Thursday 5th of February 2015

YUM! I made this and served it with waffles and syrup...OMG spicy, salty, sweet, crispy H-E-A-V-E-N thank you for the Chicken recipe!


Sunday 8th of February 2015

Hi Karin! The addition of waffles and syrup sounds ahhhhhmazing! Thank you so much for coming back to tell me you enjoyed the recipe!


Saturday 24th of January 2015

This looks awesome. It would be a great addition to any Super Bowl party buffet. We are hosting a Snacks for Super Bowl XLIX party. I hope you can run on over and share this.

Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda


Saturday 15th of November 2014

I looked up a recipe for gluten free fried chicken and came across your recipe. I had already been soaking boneless chicken breasts in buttermilk for 2 days & didn't have a specific plan. I liked the idea of the spicy accent so here's what I did. I made a blend of 1/4 cup quinoa flour with 2 Tbsp corn meal, 2 Tbsp buckwheat flour, 1 Tbsp coconut flour with 1/8 tsp each paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper & 1/4 tsp kosher salt. I removed the breasts from the buttermilk letting it drain off, dredged in the flour mix & deep fried. Deliciousness!! I could have been a bit spicier so next time I'll add the hot sauce to the buttermilk. Thanks for the idea!


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