“Better Than Fried” Chicken

This chicken is so nice and crispy. Better than fried because it’s healthier and not oily. Mix your spices ahead of time. Add the sugar and almond meal when you are in the mood for chicken. This coating also makes great chicken strips or nuggets. Freeze leftover chicken for a quick meal with vegetables and rice, or in a salad.

“Better Than Fried” Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Cook: 45 minutes

1 tbsp. smoked paprika

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. dried basil

½ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. rosemary

1/8 tsp. allspice

½ tsp. sea salt

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp. sucanat or coconut sugar (optional)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix all ingredients together (except for chicken). Coat chicken with mixture and lay on wire rack placed in roasting pan. Cover with lid or aluminum foil. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Uncover and bake for about 15 more minutes or until golden brown.

"Better Than Fried” Chicken


  • Coconut sugar (or coconut crystals) is produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut tree. It is low glycemic and is a great substitute for refined white or brown sugar. It has a caramel-like taste and is full of nutrients.
  • Sucanat is an unrefined cane sugar.  It is basically pure dried sugar cane juice.  Vitamins,  and minerals are still intact when it is ready for packaging.

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