A low-carb spin on a classic duo, these keto-friendly chicken & waffles – or “chaffles” – will become a fast favorite in your household. With crispy, seasoned, tender chicken breast and light, fluffy, sweetened almond flour waffles, you’ll want to make this for breakfast or brunch time and time again. If you enjoy this, check out my Pancake Brunch Board or Vanilla Rum Almond Flour Pancakes.
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Name a more iconic duo than chicken & waffles. I’ll wait. That’s right, you can’t. This classic dish is a crowd pleaser for so many reasons. The combination of savory and sweet creates a delicious flavor profile that many of us simply cannot resist. Not that we’d want to.
If you’re following a ketogenic or low-carb lifestyle, then this recipe is perfect for you. The crispy and tender chicken breast is battered in a combination of almond flour and crushed pork rinds, the latter of which contains zero carbs. I crush the pork rinds myself, adding them to a large sandwich bag and then gently grinding with everyday kitchen items, such as the bottom of a mug. I use plain, unflavored pork rinds; if you’re feeling zesty, feel free to use a spicy variety. Because of the sodium content of pork rinds, I tend to use less salt when using them in my chicken batter. You can modify the salt amount used to fit your nutrition needs and taste buds. For another example of how I use pork rinds to batter chicken, check out my Keto Chicken Parmigiana.
For this recipe, which serves two people, you can use either two large chicken breasts, or several smaller chicken breast tenderloins. Feel free to use other cuts of chicken as well; you will need to adapt the cook time. If you prefer your fried chicken on the spicier side, you’re also welcome to include spices and seasonings that you don’t see listed below. I love seasoning my chicken with cayenne pepper to add a little kick.
What are Chaffles?
Simply put, chaffles are waffles that are made with cheese. They’ve gained popularity in the past year or two, especially amongst followers of keto. You may be thinking…”yuck.” Hear me out though – it works! In this chaffle recipe, I use mozzarella which is a cheese with a milder taste that you cannot discern at all once the other ingredients are added. What the cheese does is act as an excellent binder and increase the fat content. The confectioners’ Swerve and vanilla extract more than make up for the mozzarella, you’ll find. Remember that Swerve sweetener does not contain any calories nor does it impact your blood sugar/glucose levels. It also contains no weird aftertaste, which I appreciate. If you use a different sweetener/sugar alternative, make sure you calculate the carb count, if any.
How to Make Almond Flour Chicken and “Chaffles” | Keto, Low-Carb
For the chicken, you’ll preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You’re going to start the chicken on the stove and finish in the oven for internal cooking.
On three plates or separate flat surfaces you’ll place the chicken breasts, almond flour, and crushed pork rinds. The four eggs will be whisked into a wash in a bowl.
You’ll use the following spices & seasonings to season your chicken, egg wash, and almond flour. Add more as desired:
- Smoked Paprika
- Kosher Salt
- Onion Powder
- Dried Basil
- Chili Powder
You’ll then dredge each chicken breast in the egg wash, then almond flour, egg wash (again) and lastly the pork rinds. Be sure to shake off any excess between each dredge.
Next, heat the grapeseed oil over medium high in an oven safe cast-iron skillet. If you have another high heat oil that you prefer to use for frying, then do just that.
Allow the chicken to cook in the oil for approximately three minutes per side before transferring to the oven and cooking for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile in a bowl you’ll whisk together: (quantities are listed in the recipe card)
- Large Egg
- Almond Flour
- Baking Powder
- Confectioners’ Swerve
- Vanilla Extract
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Kosher Salt
You’ll want to whisk hard for at least 2 minutes. Ensure that you achieve a cohesive and well-mixed batter. Before adding the batter to your waffle iron, spray with a baking spray such as Bakers Joy (personal favorite) to ensure an easy release from the waffle iron. The cook time and the amount of batter you will add will largely depend on the type of waffle iron you have, but in general they should be done within two to three minutes; when golden brown.
After that, you will simply plate your chicken and waffles, top with freshly chopped herbs if desired, and serve alongside butter and your favorite low-carb or sugar-free syrup.
As usual, try it out and let me know what you think!
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A low-carb spin on a classic duo, these keto-friendly chicken & waffles – or “chaffles” – will become a fast favorite in your household. With crispy, seasoned, tender chicken breast and light, fluffy, sweetened almond flour waffles, you’ll want to make this for breakfast or brunch time and time again.
- 2 Large Chicken Breast or 4-6 Chicken Breast Tenderloins
- 1 cup Almond Flour
- 1 cup Pork Rinds, crushed
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Dried Basil
- 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
- 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
Waffles or "Chaffles"
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/2 cup Mozzarella, shredded
- 1/2 cup Almond Flour
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 3 1/2 tbsp. Confectioners Swerve
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
- Baking Spray/Oil
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Set the chicken breast, almond flour, and crushed pork rinds out on three plates, or three separate flat surfaces.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs until one cohesive wash forms.
- Use seasonings - paprika, salt, onion powder, dried basil, chili powder - to season the chicken breast, almond flour, and egg wash.
- Dredge each piece of chicken in the egg wash, then almond flour, egg wash once more, and finally the crushed pork rinds, shaking off any excess between each dredge.
- Allow the grapeseed oil to heat (medium high) in a stove top cast iron skillet for about two minutes.
- Place the coated chicken breast in the hot oil, allowing to cook for about three minutes per side.
- Transfer skillet to the oven and allow to cook for an additional 10 -15 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk for 2 full minutes, or until one cohesive batter forms.
- Preheat and spray waffle iron with baking spray/oil.
- Per your specific waffle iron instructions, add a portion of the batter, and cook - flipping if necessary - not exceeding 2-3 minutes.
Cook time and waffle size will vary, depending on your specific waffle maker. Do not overfill your waffle iron.
Granulated Swerve can be used in place of confectioners'.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 61g
Per the manufacturer, "the ingredients in Swerve do not affect blood sugar, so the carbohydrates it contains are considered non-impact."