Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich (Gluten-Free)

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Hey there fellow fast food enthusiasts! Today, I’ve got a fantastic recipe for all of you, especially those who love a good gluten-free option. We’re talking about crispy, perfectly seasoned, gluten-free fried chicken sandwich. Yes, you heard that right, a gluten-free version that doesn’t skimp on flavor or that satisfying crunch. This recipe is perfect for those who have gluten sensitivities or anyone looking to try something new in the kitchen.

I can honestly promise you, this will be one of the most amazing, if not the best fried chicken sandwich that will ever cross your lips! You’re welcome!

If you don’t have to eat gluten free, then going to a restaurant and looking at the menu is easy peasy, you get whatever you want, and you’re done!  Not so easy for those that have to painfully examine each and every item!  I’m not whining here, just saying it’s not as simple as getting what you want.  You see chicken sandwiches are breaded, usually with flour, bread crumbs, or panko. This means you’ll almost never see a gluten free fried chicken sandwich on the menu, at least not anywhere in KY and surrounding states.  Trust me, I’ve looked!  Not only do you have to worry about what the sandwich is breaded with, but you have to worry about having a dedicated fryer.  That’s why people with Celiac Disease can’t just eat any french fries although potatoes are naturally gluten free.  If they are deep fried in a fryer that has had breaded stuff in it, then you can get gluttened. Not fun!

Ingredients you’ll need to make this :

  • Egg-I like to use one room temperature large egg
  • Water
  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour-My favorite brand is Cup 4 Cup, but any should work
  • Salt
  • Paprika-I use regular and sometimes if I’m feeling adventurous, I use smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Chicken breast– thinly sliced

How to Make It:

  1. Prep the Wet and Dry Mixtures: Start by beating the egg with water in a bowl. In another, mix the gluten-free flour with salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. This spiced flour mix is the secret to the flavor punch!
  2. Coat the Chicken: Dip each chicken fillet in the flour mixture, then in the egg mix, and back in the flour. This double-coating is crucial for that extra crunchy exterior.
  3. Fry to Perfection: Heat your deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the chicken for 8-10 minutes until they turn a beautiful light brown and achieve that irresistible crispness.
  4. Drain and Serve: Let the chicken drain on paper towels to keep them perfectly crispy.

Why You’ll Love It:

This recipe is a win-win for both taste and health. It’s an excellent way for gluten-sensitive eaters to enjoy a classic favorite without any worry. The combination of spices in the coating brings a warmth and depth of flavor that complements the chicken beautifully.

So, whether you’re hosting a cozy family dinner or looking for a tasty gluten-free option, this fried chicken recipe is sure to impress. It’s easy, delicious, and will have everyone asking for seconds. Happy frying!!

Moving on to the actual reason of this post, the wonderful amazing chicken sandwich!!  When I first found this recipe in Top Secret Recipes book, I knew we had to try it!  It’s a recipe for Carl’s Jr. breading.  Seeing how I’ve never eaten a sandwich or anything for that matter from Carl’s Jr, I can’t bank on it for being truly authentic, but who cares!  It tastes great and that’s all that really matters!  The easiest way to fix this sandwich is in a deep fryer.  Even if you just use it occasionally, it’s soooo worth it when you’re doing recipes like this and of course my beloved french fries.

We have a large deep fryer from Sam’s Club.  My old one that lasted many years was from Emerrill.  I love that it has a built in filtering device. So handy!

  • This recipe is the same non gluten free, just use regular all-purpose flour.


  1. Chicken: Instead of thin breast fillets, you can use thicker chicken breasts, just know that the cooking time will need to be increased.
  2. Gluten-Free Flour: If unavailable, you can use almond flour or rice flour as gluten-free alternatives.
  3. Egg: In case of allergies, a mixture of water and flaxseed or a commercial egg replacer can be used.
  4. Spices: Feel free to adjust or substitute spices according to your taste preferences.
  5. Frying Oil: Vegetable oil can be replaced with canola, peanut, or sunflower oil for frying.

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Side Dish Recipes to serve with this:

What are some Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use a different type of flour? Yes, you can use almond flour or rice flour as gluten-free alternatives to all-purpose gluten-free flour.
  2. What if I’m allergic to eggs? You can use a flaxseed and water mixture or a commercial egg replacer.
  3. Can I bake the chicken instead of frying? Yes, you can bake the chicken at 425°F for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, though it won’t be as crispy as frying.
  4. What oil is best for frying? Canola, vegetable, peanut, or sunflower oil are all good options for frying.
  5. How do I know when the chicken is fully cooked? The internal temperature should reach 165°F. Use a meat thermometer to check.
  6. Can I prepare the chicken ahead of time? Yes, you can bread the chicken and keep it refrigerated for a few hours before frying.
Fried chicken sandwich on a bun with cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and fries on the side.

Fast Food Chicken Sandwich (Gluten Free)

Now you can enjoy a Gluten Free Fast Food Chicken Sandwich
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Flour multi-purpose/all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breast fillets thin


  • In a small shallow bowl, beat the egg and mix it with the water.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Coat each chicken fillet in the seasoned flour mixture.
  • Dip the floured chicken into the egg and water mixture.
  • Coat the chicken again in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring a thorough cover.
  • Heat the deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fry the chicken fillets for 8-10 minutes or until they turn light brown and crispy.
  • Remove from the fryer and let them drain on paper towels.


I love using Cup4Cup’s flour , but any gf will work.  You can also substitute regular all-purpose flour ONLY if you do not need to eat gluten free. This recipe works great with gluten-free flour and regular flour.
Keyword 30 minute meals, Chicken, gluten free, sandwiches
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