Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

It's coming up to the 4th of July and this is the time of year when I start thinking about picnics and one of my favorite things to make is Oven Fried Chicken. This was one of my Father's Favorite ways of eating Chicken but I used to use flour. Now to make it Gluten Free, I use a combination of mostly Corn Flour and a little bit of Corn Meal to give it an extra crunch. I use very little oil and just drizzle some on the pan and over the top. Then I turn frequently in a moderately hot oven for about 45 minutes and I have Oven Fried Chicken. Now if you want to make it extra special, you can use oil underneath and drizzle it with butter on the top. I use Chicken Things because they stay more moist and I like mine in this recipe to be boneless and skinless. If you use ones with the bone in, just cook it about 10 - 15 minutes longer. And of course you can use Chicken Breasts, but don't cook them quite as long.  This is one of those recipes that you will use again and again and it works for making Chicken Fingers or Chicken Nuggets as well. One of my son likes to dip his Fried Chicken in BBQ sauce and the other one swears by Sriracha Mayo. I particularly like to use this chicken cut up in a salad.  Any way you serve it, this is a delicious way to make Crispy, Crunchy Chicken!

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

1 1/2 - 2 pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (about 6)
2 Eggs, whisked until blended in a wide bowl
1 1/4 cups Corn Flour
1/4 cup medium Corn Meal
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I used Lawry's) or Salt mixed with 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
5 - 6 Tablespoons Light Flavored Oil (I used Safflower) or use 3 Tablespoons of Oil and 3 Tablespoons melted Butter

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Take a large baking sheet and drizzle 2 - 3 Tablespoons of Oil all over it  Take 3/4 cup of the Corn Flour and place on a plate.  Take each Chicken Thigh and coat it with the Corn Flour. Mix together the remaining Corn Flour and Corn Meal. Then dip each Chicken Thigh in the Egg and then the Corn Flour/Meal mix. Place each piece on the Baking Sheet and then Drizzle remaining Oil or Butter over the top. Then, put the pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes and turn. Turn again in another 15 minutes and take out after a total of 40 - 45 minutes.

Five Element Analysis

Chicken belongs to the Wood Element so that element is covered. The Corn Meal and Corn Flour contribute the Earth Element. There's a hint of Water in the Eggs used to coat the Chicken but this element needs to be built up in the meal. And, the Fire Element and Metal Element, except for the tiniest bit of Paprika and Spices in the Seasoned Salt are missing so make sure to serve this Chicken with a Salad with some Onions and Garlic in the dressing and Baked Beans would be great on the side to bring in more Water, Fire and Metal in the Beans, Ketchup, Mustard and Worcestershire Sauce which would make this a balanced meal.

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