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5 from 1 vote
These deliciously crisp and tender chicken drumsticks offer a low carb alternative to traditional fried chicken. The chicken pieces are smothered in paprika mayonnaise before being coated in a ground almond crumb and are complemented by a smoky cabbage and fennel slaw.
The recipe calls for mayonnaise. This can either be a keto friendly store-bought mayo or a homemade version.
Prep Time18 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time53 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Slaw, Chicken, Fried Chicken, keto, low carb
Servings: 2
Calories: 591kcal


For the chicken:

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 85 g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the slaw

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 large spring onion (green onion) finely sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • small red cabbage (approx 800g)
  • fennel (approx 235g)
  • a pinch of sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), 180°C (350°F) fan assisted and very lightly grease a shallow oven tray with a little oil.
  • To prepare the chicken, add the ground almonds to a large bowl along with the salt and pepper. Mix together well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, paprika, garlic powder and mustard.
  • One at a time, coat each drumstick generously in the paprika mayonnaise, then roll in the seasoned almond mixture until completely covered.
  • Arrange the crumbed chicken pieces on the oven tray and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown all over and the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Whilst the chicken is cooking you can prepare the slaw. Simply add the sliced vegetables to a mixing bowl and whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, paprika and salt.
  • Add the mayonnaise mixture to the vegetables and stir well to combine, coating the vegetables in the dressing. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Serve the crispy chicken with the slaw and a simple mixed salad.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 43g | Fiber: 7g

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