This Super Low Carb Gluten Free Southern Style Breaded Chicken Breast comes to you from Jen of From My Side of the Kitchen. With her ingenious blend of pork rinds, cheese, and spices you will never miss traditional breaded chicken breast again. I can’t wait to try this in chicken parm and sliced on top of a crisp salad.
Jennifer Krider is a 44-year-old married mother of 7. She and her husband have blended their two families and live a big crazy life and love every single second of it. Jennifer has owned a catering company, worked as an executive chef, taught cooking classes and currently produces, alongside her daughter, a live cooking segment on Facebook and writes an (almost) weekly blog, From My Side of the Kitchen While Jennifer is not currently living a low carb gluten free lifestyle she has in the past and absolutely understands the life and health benefits of this way of eating.
Jen: In 1999 I was 26 years old, the mother of 2 beautiful little girls and around 90 pounds overweight. I, like many other women, was so consumed with the care of my family that I had forgotten about the care of myself.
My very best friend had just gotten engaged and asked me to be in her wedding. I was so happy for her but at the same time knew I needed to do something about myself. There was no way I was going to be “that” bridesmaid in her wedding.
You know the one. The one that all the dresses have to be selected around. So, I purchased 2 Billy Blanks Tae Bo kickboxing VHS tapes and started a low carb and almost gluten-free way of living. (I am happy to share that with dedication and commitment I shed 94 pounds and totally rocked that bridesmaids attire!)
One challenge for me in sticking to this lifestyle was boredom. Keep in mind this was 1999, even though the internet was made public in 1991 and the Food Network went live in 1993 at the time neither of those resources were an option for me so inspiration was somewhat limited.
The second big challenge was keeping my husband content. I was married, at the time, to a red-blooded, All-American, farm boy who was raised on stick to your ribs comfort foods. If I was going to get any support at all I needed to keep him fed and happy. Lettuce wraps and salads every day were not going to cut it.
I came up with this breaded chicken breast meal as a substitution for Southern fried chicken and loaded mashed potatoes. Can you get more classic comfort food than those two dittys? They not only offer all the comfort and love of the originals but they also provide so much satisfying flavor that anyone that eats them will be left saying, “Yum, stinkin’ Yum!”
Super Low Carb Gluten Free Southern Style Breaded Chicken Breast
- Using a food processor puree the pork rinds until they are the consistency of sawdust. If you don’t have a food processor you can place the pork rinds in a gallon size plastic storage bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
- Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Using a meat hammer (or the edge of a plate) pound the thick end of the chicken breast out so that it is close to the same thickness all the way across. This will help ensure even cooking time!
- In a shallow pan (I use a 9x13 baking dish) combine pork rinds, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper and minced fresh herbs. (Don’t skimp on the herbs!!!) In a separate shallow pan combine the beaten egg and the heavy whipping cream, mix well.
- Place chicken breasts one at a time first in the egg cream mixture and then the pork rind breading mixture. Be sure to coat chicken completely. A good tip is to press down firmly on each side of the chicken when you are coating it with the breading. You want the breading to really stick! Continue this process until all of the chicken breasts are breaded. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet or frying pan on medium heat. When the oil starts to have a marbled appearance it is a good indication it is ready.
- Next place chicken breasts in heated skillet. Allow chicken breast to really sear before turning them over. This will take about 4 to 6 minutes and you will see a great golden brown appearance. Turn chicken breasts over and cover your pan with a lid. Cook chicken for an additional 6-8 minutes or until your chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°.
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