Paleo Fried Chicken Legs

May 28, 2018Kara Woolery

SERIOUSLY guys these Fried Chicken Legs are crispy, delicious, gluten free, and Paleo!! Yup you heard that right … a healthy fried chicken! You fry these chicken legs on the stove, and they come out with a perfect thin crispy outer layer. This recipe has instructions for a thin and crispy outer layer like shown in images or a thick heavy breaded outer layer.  YUMMY

The BEST Fried Chicken Legs!!! YUMMY! These paleo fried chicken legs are delicious and crispy.

Fried Chicken Legs

I was REALLY craving something fried the other day, and knew we had some drumsticks in our freezer. So, I decided to create a healthier and paleo version of Fried Chicken Legs, that the entire family ended up devouring FAST. This is naturally gluten free fried chicken without sacrificing any of the flavor.

I don’t have a deep fryer or an air fryer yet (wink wink), so I went with the stove top method in my large cast iron skillet. I honestly had no idea how to fry chicken legs until I tried. This was my first time making Paleo Fried Chicken and I must say it turned out better than expected. I didn’t anticipate the family wanting 2nd’s … guess I need to make these again soon. Maybe I will fry them up this weekend and add some delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts for the side!

Paleo Fried Chicken Legs that are healthy and delicious.

How To Fry Chicken Legs?

There are many different ways to make fried chicken legs … deep fry, air fry, oven baked fried chicken, and stove top. I chose to go with the stove top method. I used my large 10inch cast iron skillet, and it worked like a charm.

Start by getting all of your ingredients out and ready to use. Then you will fill your skillet with about 1.5 inches of avocado oil. You could also use olive oil, but avocado oil works best because of its high smoke point. Heat your skillet to a medium / medium high heat (depending on your stove). Coat your drumsticks in the almond flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture, then go back and coat in the flour mixture one last time. Drop your chicken leg into the hot oil (careful because it is very hot). Cover with splatter screen and repeat. I was able to do 4 legs at a time in my pan. You can use more or less oil depending on preference.

Easy and yummy gluten free fried chicken legs using almond flour.

My Other Recipes That Pair Well With Paleo Fried Chicken

How to fry chicken legs the easy and healthier way!

Quick Recap: Why This Fried Chicken Recipe Is My FAVE

  • Paleo and naturally gluten free fried chicken
  • Thin crispy outer layer
  • Fewer calories than regular fried chicken legs
  • DELICIOUS seasonings paired with almond flour, eggs, and oil to create a yummy flavorful drumstick
  • Organic and free range chicken legs
  • Option to make a thin and crispy outer layer as pictured or a thick crispy outer layer with more breading

I always try to use organic ingredients when I can. Anything I can do to limit my families intake of pesticides and chemicals … I am all in! That being said living an organic and less toxic lifestyle can get very expensive. You can purchase organic free range chicken from Trader Joes for a reasonable price. You can also head to your local farmers market and talk to the different vendors there who sell chicken. Ask them how they raise their chickens and what all they use to feed them and keep them healthy. If you want to read more on the benefits of free range chickens head HERE.

Now off of my above side note and on to the delicious, paleo, gluten free, crispy, stove top, and flavorful Fried Chicken Legs recipe you came here for!!

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Paleo Fried Chicken Legs

Preparation 5min Cook Time 25-35min Serves 12     adjust servings


  • 6 Chicken Legs / Drumsticks (Roughly 2lbs)
  • 1 Cup Avocado Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp Pink Salt or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Granules
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary


  1. Add the oil to your skillet and heat on medium to medium high (depending on your stove). Cover with a splatter screen (oil will be super hot).
  2. Add your almond flour and all seasonings to a wide bowl and whisk your 2 large eggs together in a separate wide bowl.
  3. You have two options here: Option 1 (thin crisp like in pictures) - Roll your chicken leg in egg mixture then roll in the Option 2 (thicker crisp with more breading) - 


Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 427kcal Calories from fat 314
% Daily Value
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 25g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Delicious and easy paleo fried chicken legs. You can make these with a thin crispy outer layer like pictured or with a thicker crispy outer layer.


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