October 17, 2013   By Kelly Bejelly

Gluten free Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Four years ago when I went Paleo, I shed some big unhappy tears when I waved goodbye to crispy chicken.

You know what I’m talking about, chicken that has that satisfying crunch sound after you take your first bite.  I threw myself head first into making roasted chicken, grilled chicken, boiled chicken and the like. Yet, I was still haunted by memories of my family gathered around the table, joking about my plight of understanding the foreign language called algebra and eating crispy chicken.

Enter the recipe for Baked Crispy Chicken Drumsticks from NatureRaised Farms®.

NatureRaised Farms® is a brand that was new to me, but I was drawn to them because they are committed to high animal welfare standards.  They’re also transparent about their farming methods.

From their website:

  • At NatureRaised Foods, we stand by our commitment to “Doing What’s Right, Right from the Start. ™” That’s why all of our products meet strict standards:

  • 100% All Natural Ingredients (Minimally processed and no artificial ingredients.)

  • No Antibiotics, EVER!

  • Certified by Third-party Animal Welfare Agencies

  • 100% Vegetarian Diet—no animal protein or bakery by-products (which could include eggs)

  • No Added Hormones or Steroids (Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in chicken)

I don’t have to tell you food that is raised right, tastes better so I had to give their chicken a try.

This Gluten free Crispy Oven Baked Chicken recipe is pretty straightforward and I was excited to try it out for dinner.  Of course, I had to make some changes to make it fit my diet.

Gluten free Crispy Oven Baked Chicken



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Coat your baking sheet with the bacon grease or coconut oil.

  2. Place flour, sea salt and black pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Blend eggs and water in small shallow dish.

  3. Place the crushed sweet potato chips in a separate shallow dish.

  4. Add drumsticks to flour in bag; shake to coat evenly. One at a time, dip drumsticks in egg mixture; coat evenly with potato chips and place on baking sheet.

  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is done (internal temp 180°F).

The recipe did not disappoint and best of all, I can have crispy chicken again!


Thank you NatureRaised Foods and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • mom2one01
    October 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Mmmm…this looks so good to this southern gal!!! 🙂 Can you tell me where you get sweet potato chips? Thanks, Kelly!!! Loving your recipes! 😀

    • October 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Hoenstly, I switch between the Terra brand and Good Health Natural food’s sweet potato chips. I’m sure that TJ has a version too. You can make them yourself too by slicing them thin and frying them in coconut oil. Happy Eating!

  • Susy
    October 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    HI Kelly, do you have any suggestions for the chips? or did you make them yourself?

    • October 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      If you want to make them here’s a recipe hhttp://www.healyrealfoodvegetarian.com/sweet-potato-chips/. I usually just buy them from the grocery store – The Terra brand is what I used for this recipe.

      • Susy
        October 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        Thank you so much Kelly! 🙂

  • Lisa
    October 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I am absolutely in love with you for posting this recipe. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • October 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I hope you enjoy that first crunchy bite Lisa!

  • October 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    wow I love your recipes!! always a very original and healthy twist to something so regular!

  • October 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Yum! Question…are Rice Crispies or Corn Flakes okay for you? I’ve found putting those in the food processor results in some super yummy crispy chicken, too.

    • October 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Krystyn, they’re aren’t hun – rice and corn are grains 🙂 Thanks for the tip though.

  • October 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I admit to trying oven fried chicken once. It was a greasy mess and not at all crispy. This looks amazing. Now I need to find some Tapioca Flour.

  • October 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    this would go over well with my family! Especially with the drumsticks – I’m a huge dark meat fan!

  • October 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Oven fried chicken is one of my favorite meals, sounds like a great way to make it paleo friendly

  • October 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I am always up for a good oven fried chicken recipe and this looks good. Might give this a try.

  • October 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This looks so good!!! And super crispy mmm

  • mom2one01
    October 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Found some sweet potato chips this past weekend (just sweet potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt) and went to make this recipe, only to find someone has eaten all my sweet potato chips! LOL

    Thanks for posting the chicken source too! I’ve been buying pastured chicken from my local farmers, but I am having a heck of a time cooking the dark meat without it being tough (like eating a rubber tire!). It’s frustrating to buy meat only to have it turn out inedible. 🙁 Do you know if Nature Raised farms uses organic feed? I’ve really made every effort to use purely pastured chicken, but so tired of trying to figure out how to cook it! If anyone has any ideas, please share!

    • October 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Oh no. I know the trick with pasture chicken is slow and low so cooking it in the crockpot is a great way to save time and get moist meat. The chicken would have to be branded Organic to be sure that they are using organic feed.

      • mom2one01
        October 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Thanks, Kelly! I’ve gotten other advice to cook it slow in the crockpot, but I love roasted chicken in the oven and sure wish I knew how to get it to work that way. 🙁

        • October 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          You could roast the chicken for 1 hour and then tent it with foil to keep the moisture in the meat?

  • Carolyn Baeta
    December 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I’m allergic to sweet potatoes. Is there any substitute for the sweet potato chips that I could try?

      • Carolyn Baeta
        January 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        Thanks Kelly! I’ll give a try with the Casava chips.

  • Marian
    January 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I can’t eat sweet potatoes so would regular potato chips work?