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Cracklin’ Chicken

Cracklin' Chicken is a family favorite! These crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside chicken thighs are tastier & healthier than regular fried chicken! Plus, they're Whole30-friendly, keto-friendly, and gluten-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs, crispy chicken, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Michelle Tam



  • Blot the chicken dry with a paper towel. Then, starting at one end of each thigh, use a sharp pair of kitchen shears to carefully cut out the bone, making sure you don’t cut through the meat. Stay as close to the bone as possible. When you get to the other end, trim around the joint and cartilage and remove the bone.
  • If extra skin or fat is flapping around and hanging off the thighs, you can trim it off as well. But don’t cut too much away, because the skin will shrink when you fry it.
  • Flatten the chicken with a meat pounder (or cut a gash in the thickest part of each thigh piece with your scissors) to ensure uniform cooking.
  • Turn the chicken skin-side-up, and sprinkle salt on the skin.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Melt the ghee in the pan and place four chicken thighs skin-side down in the hot pan.
  • Season the meat side with your favorite seasoning blend. If your seasoning blend of choice doesn’t include salt, you may want to add a bit more kosher salt to the chicken.
  • Let the skin fry undisturbed until crispy and golden brown (around 7-10 minutes), rotating the pan 90 degrees at the halfway point to make sure the heat from the burner is uniformly distributed.
  • Flip the chicken and cook for 3 more minutes or until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack and rest ’em for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat the steps above with the four remaining thighs. When you’re ready to eat, slice them up and dig in!



When frying the chicken, cover the pan with a splatter guard or Frywall to keep your stove (relatively) clean. Otherwise, line your floor in front of the stove with towels, or the deliciousness of Cracklin’ Chicken will come with a slick, oil-splattered price!
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Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g