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Low Carb Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Smoky Slaw

Low Carb Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Smoky Slaw


Low Carb Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Smoky Slaw

Low Carb Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Smoky Slaw

These deliciously crisp and tender chicken drumsticks offer a low carb alternative to traditional fried chicken. The chicken pieces are smothered in paprika mayonnaise before being coated in a ground almond crumb and are complemented by a smoky cabbage and fennel slaw.
The recipe calls for mayonnaise. This can either be a keto friendly store-bought mayo or a homemade version.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 591 kcal


For the chicken:

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 85 g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the slaw

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 large spring onion (green onion) finely sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • small red cabbage (approx 800g)
  • fennel (approx 235g)
  • a pinch of sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), 180°C (350°F) fan assisted and very lightly grease a shallow oven tray with a little oil.
  • To prepare the chicken, add the ground almonds to a large bowl along with the salt and pepper. Mix together well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, paprika, garlic powder and mustard.
  • One at a time, coat each drumstick generously in the paprika mayonnaise, then roll in the seasoned almond mixture until completely covered.
  • Arrange the crumbed chicken pieces on the oven tray and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown all over and the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Whilst the chicken is cooking you can prepare the slaw. Simply add the sliced vegetables to a mixing bowl and whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, paprika and salt.
  • Add the mayonnaise mixture to the vegetables and stir well to combine, coating the vegetables in the dressing. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Serve the crispy chicken with the slaw and a simple mixed salad.
Keyword Cabbage Slaw, Chicken, Fried Chicken, keto, low carb
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