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Clean Chickpea Nashville Hot Chicken

Get your Southern chicken fix with this gluten-free and dairy-free recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: dairy-free, Gluten-Free
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 592kcal
Author: Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN


  • 8 chicken thighs skinless
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs large
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 cups avocado oil

Spicy Oil

  • 1/2 cup frying oil
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


  • In a small bowl, combine almond milk with apple cider vinegar and let sit, allowing the mixture to curdle, about 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine chickpea flour with seasonings in a medium bowl
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, hot sauce, and the almond milk mixture
  • In a deep pot, heat oil to 325°F
  • Pat chicken dry and dredge in the dry mix, then dredge in the egg mixture, and then back into the dry mix again, shaking off excess each time
  • Place the chicken (3-4 pieces at a time) into the oil until golden and crispy, about 10-12 minutes
  • Remove chicken and let cool over a paper towel or drying rack
  • In a medium heat proof bowl, mix together spicy oil seasoning
  • Carefully remove ½ cup of oil from the pot and mix with the seasoning, let cool, and brush over fried chicken


Serving: 1chicken thigh | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 1473mg | Potassium: 610mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1596IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 22
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 22