Keto/ Low Carb/ Gluten-Free Air Fried Chicken

My Keto/ Low Carb/ Gluten-Free Spicy Fried Chicken recipe is crunchy and crusty on the outside and juicy and flavorful on the inside; infused with spices and seasonings to amp up the flavor. So low in carbs that they don’t even count. This one’s definitely going to be a great addition to your keto chicken recipe collection!

When it comes to the flour mixture, I use lupin flour and flavorless protein powder. I linked my favorite one in the recipe card. Also if you’ve tried my recipes before, you know I don’t skimp on the spice and seasonings. You can keep it simple with just salt and pepper but I like to go the extra mile for that ultra flavorful crust during your first bite.

This Spicy Fried Chicken will be your go-to chicken recipe as it is brimming with flavors, plus a lovely texture. Indeed, a total crowd-pleaser. You can bake it, deep fry it or my favorite, air fry it. Resting the chicken after the dredging helps the coating to stick, so don’t skip that. I like to lightly brush the coated chicken with avocado oil, because it helps the coating crisp up and give a nice golden color.

Keto/ Low Carb/ Gluten-Free Air Fried Spicy “Fried” Chicken legs

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
5 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 252 kcal



For the spice mix

For the batter


  • Whisk all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle some of the spice mix on the chicken legs and set aside. You can even marinate the chicken overnight but it is not necessary.
  • Whisk the eggs with about 1/4 teaspoon of the spice mix.
  • Mix the protein powder and lupin flour in a bowl. Add the rest of the spice mix and mix well. Use less spice mix if you prefer mild.
  • Coat the chicken in the flour, then egg and the the flour mix once again.
  • Arrange on a baking tray with a rack and rest 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, brush the chicken with the avocado oil.
  • Transfer the chicken in to the basket of an air fryer and cook at 370° F for 30 minutes, turning once mid way.  
  • Or bake the chicken at 350° for 45-50 minutes. 
  • You can also deep fry the chicken but that will make the calories go up.
  • Serve with sugar free ketchup and a nice green salad.


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Serving: 1pcFiber: 2.4gCalories: 252kcalFat: 13.6gProtein: 28.8gCarbohydrates: 1.9g
Keyword air Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken, Keto Fried Chicken, Low Carb Fried Chicken, Spicy fried chicken
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