Pickle-Brined Keto Fried Chicken

  • on May 14, 2020

Pickle-Brined Keto Fried Chicken

yield: 6
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 30 MINUTES

This Pickle Brined Keto Fried Chicken is crispy with tender, flavorful chicken. Skip the pickle brine and it will still taste amazing.



  • 3 lb chicken thighs,, boneless and skinless
  • 2 cups pickle juice,, from a jar of pickles
  • 2 large eggs,, beaten
  • 1 heaping tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 cup whey protein isolate, (or 1-2 cups finely crushed pork rinds)
  • 2 cups avocado oil


  1. Place chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag. Pour pickle juice over chicken and place in refrigerator. Marinate for 8-24 hours, depending on how much pickle flavor you want your chicken to have (I go for the full 24)!
  2. Drain chicken and discard pickle juice. Pat chicken dry and cut into 2-3 pieces each, if desired. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Mix together eggs, mayo, dijon, salt and pepper, then toss the chicken in the mixture, taking care to make sure it’s entirely coated.
  4. Preheat the oil in a large, deep skillet until shimmering. Working quickly, dredge each piece of chicken in whey protein (or pork rinds) and place in the oil. Cook until both sides are well-browned and chicken is cooked through, turning just once.
  5. Drain cooked chicken pieces on paper towels. Serve with your favorite sauce. We like the Garlic Mustard Aioli from Trader Joe’s (or make your own) or a good, homemade ranch dressing. Be happy that you can eat yummy things like this on a keto “diet”! 🙂
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