Oprah's Unfried Chicken--Made Allergy-friendly! (Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nut free; top-8-free)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 4 servings
 
The fried chicken recipe Oprah herself raves about in her new Weight Watcher's cookbook, developed by her personal chef: Art Smith has now been made allergy-friendly. This unfried chicken is still crispy, oven baked and loaded with flavor but without the typical gluten, dairy or eggs. This winner-winner chicken dinner is also top-8-free!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain rice milk + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce (or hot sauce of choice)
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin pieces
  • 1½ cups Rice Krispies cereal* (see notes)
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large, flat bowl (I like a pie plate) stir together the rice milk and hot sauce. Place the chicken cutlets in the faux "buttermilk" mixture and allow to marinate, covered, for at least 1 hour up to 24 hours. (Note, this will give it a kick, but really doesn't make it too hot. Trust me--I'm a baby. If you'd like it to be quite spicy, see the notes.)
  2. When you're ready to start cooking, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. In your blender, place the: cereal, nutritional yeast, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Pulse until you have your desired texture for breading (I prefer mine not very fine).
  4. Pour the breading mixture into either a zip top bag, or brown paper bag. Place one piece of chicken in the bag at a time, close and shake until the chicken is fully covered.
  5. Put the breaded chicken on a cooling rack that has been placed inside a cookie sheet. I have found that baked chicken breading works better when the hot air can get all around the chicken. If you simply place the chicken on a baking sheet, the entire underside can become soggy.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes (or until the chicken is done). I find my chicken is often done, but I leave it in for a few minutes later to help it brown.
  7. Serve with your favorite sides.
  8. *If you have any chicken leftover, it is better to reheat it in a toaster oven, than microwave otherwise the breading will be soggy.
Notes
*Rice Krispies cereal are wheat free, but not gluten-free because of barley. Feel free to use Rice Chex instead, or use a gluten-free version of Rice Krispies like Erewhon or Malt-O-Meal.
ALSO: The original recipe also called for these spices: 1 teaspoon ground cayenne & 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, however my son cannot have paprika and I think it's too spicy with the cayenne--but if you can handle the heat, feel free to add it in!
Recipe by Allergy Awesomeness at https://allergyawesomeness.com/oprahs-unfried-chicken-made-allergy-friendly/