Being Southern, I've always loved fried chicken, but since I have been on the first phase of the Atkins diet, I have been unable to use much of anything for a flour substitute. However, I discovered that, because French fried onions have so few carbs, I can have them on Induction, so I came up with the idea to grind them down and use them as a coating for fried chicken. My father suggested to add a little Parmesan cheese to it, which helps solidify it and helps it cling better to the chicken. Honestly, it came out much better than I expected and it actually worked better for me than normal flour, which tends to fall off during the frying process. It tasted great too! :)
- In a food processor or blender, process French fried onions on high for about 30 seconds or until finely ground. The moisture in them may make the mixture feel like a paste, but so long as it retains some texture it will work. Pour Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper into French fried onion mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.
- Fill a large pot, Dutch oven or deep fryer about halfway full with oil (I use Canola, which is healthier and doesn't affect flavor). Turn to medium high heat and let heat until the surface shimmers. Test heat by dropping a pinch of the French fried onion mixture (or flour) into oil; if it begins to cook instantly, the oil is ready.
- Place three plates or large bowls side-by-side near the pot of heated oil. Place chicken breasts on first plate, pour beaten eggs onto second plate, and place French fried onion mixture onto third plate. Dip chicken breast, one at a time, into egg, coating each side, then do the same in the French fried onion mixture. The amount of chicken to cook at a time depends on the size of your pot or fryer, but do not overcrowd. Cook for about 1 minute or until the coating on the chicken is dark brown. Continue until all chicken is fried. Place finished chicken breasts on a plate with a paper towel or two on it to absorb excess grease. Enjoy!
The nutritional facts leave out the French-fried onions. The carbs listed by French's are 3g per 2 table spoons. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup so two cups of French-fried onions would be 48g of carbs. if you divide this by 3 services you get 16g of carbs per serving just from this item. even if some of the mix falls off or is not use this is way more carbs per serving the most low carb diets allow for one meal.