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Crispy Honey Butter Chicken (gluten-free)

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Every now and then, a recipe comes along that is so good it doesn’t make it out of the pan and onto dinner plates before it gets devoured. THIS is one of those recipes. We just skip the plates altogether and eat out of the skillet like heathens.

Gluten Free Crispy Honey Butter Chicken

Honey Butter Chicken Recipe

These chicken bites are the perfect combo of crispy-sweet-savory. The garlic compliments the honey, and the crushed red pepper flakes adds just a little heat. As you can tell from the photos here, I go light on the spicy, so feel free to pour it on if that’s your thing.

Paleo Crispy Honey Butter Chicken

While this isn’t a great make-ahead or leftover meal, the chicken nuggets CAN be made in advance and frozen. They reheat wonderfully in the oven, ready for the sauce to be added just before it’s time to serve. This is actually the best way to make this meal, because you can have loads of pre-made nuggets in the freezer ready to go for a fast weeknight meal.

Crispy Honey Butter Chicken

We also have some other favorite sauce coatings to go with crispy chicken nuggets: Orange Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. All 3 of these disappear really fast in our house!

Gluten Free Crispy Honey Butter Chicken

Crispy Honey Butter Chicken (gluten-free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup Cassava Flour
  • 1/4 cup Potato Starch
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup COLD Water
  • 5 Chicken Thighs, boneless & skinless
  • Avocado Oil, for deep frying

Sauce

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of Butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, to taste

Instructions

Chicken

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cassava flour, potato starch, and baking soda. Whisk to combine, then pour in the cold water. Whisk until smooth. The batter should be somewhat thick, but still pourable, like a tempura. It will thicken as it sits too. Add a little more water, if needed.
  2. Remove any excess fat from the chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add to the prepared batter and stir to coat all the chicken.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add about an inch of avocado oil and bring to about 350°F over medium heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces in batches so you don't overcrowd the pot. Cook about 2 minutes per batch, or until the chicken is golden brown. You may need to increase the heat if the oil temp drops during cooking.
  5. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Sauce

  1. When all the chicken is cooked, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coconut aminos, hooney, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce is thickened and coats a spoon, stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the cooked chicken pieces. Stir to coat all the chicken evenly.
  3. Serve hot. If you'll be making this in advance, wait until you're ready to serve it before coating the chicken with the sauce, so it doesn't get soggy.
Nutrition Information
Yield 5
Amount Per Serving Calories 442Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 173mgSodium 596mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 32g

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Mary B

Thursday 27th of January 2022

This looks amazing! Is there anything that could be used in place of potato starch?

Kendra Benson

Friday 28th of January 2022

I have only used potato starch, it helps to improve the crispy texture of the "breading". Arrowroot or tapioca starch likely wouldn't have the same effect, they tend to get a little more gummy when heated.

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