How to make paleo/primal crumbed chicken

Crumbed chicken or pork schnitzel is a top favourite in our family. When we decided to cut out wheat and other grains from our diet, I was determined to find a good substitute for this delicious food. So how does one make a crumbed meat dish without using bread crumbs? The good news is that it is possible and the result is absolutely scrumptious! Here is the recipe.

Paleo/Primal Crumbed Chicken Recipe

Crumbed chicken with masala spice, garlic roasted butternut and mixed salad

Crumbed chicken with masala spice, garlic roasted pumpkin and mixed salad


  • 4 chicken breasts (beaten flat with a meat mallet)
  • 2 free range eggs, whisked
  • 1-1.5 cups ground almonds (almond flour also works fine)
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt (or mixture of salt and garlic salt)
  • 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tsp chicken spice/rub

Note: You can pretty much use any dried herbs and seasoning that tickles your fancy, e.g. paprika, dried sage, dried basil, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, masala spice etc.


  1. Combine ground almonds/almond flour and herbs in one bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs in another bowl.
  3. Dip chicken into egg and then into crumb mixture.

Cooking Method (Oven-baked):

  1. Preheat oven to 180 c.
  2. Prepare a baking tray and grease with melted coconut oil or duck fat.
  3. Lay crumbed chicken on the baking tray.
  4. Spray pieces lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  5. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until just cooked. Turn over half way through cooking.

If you want a crisper coating then I suggest you use the pan-frying method below.

Method (Pan-fried):

  1. Heat 2 generous tablespoons of duck fat or coconut oil in a frying pan.
  2. Fry crumbed chicken fillets on medium heat until cooked, turning once during cooking (about 5 minutes a side).

This recipe is so easy to make and is so much healthier than the ready-made crumbed chicken or pork schnitzels you buy at the shops, which are often laden with vegetable oils, gluten and carbs. All these nasties can cause inflammation, bowel discomfort and a thicker waistline.

I hope you give this option a try and that you enjoy primal crumbed chicken as much as we do.

spam low carb

About Nicky Perks

Passionately sharing information about the paleo/primal, high fat/low carb lifestyle that will rock your world! I am on my own journey to good health and a slim body. My goal? To enjoy the ride as life on this beautiful planet is just too short to do it any other way.

Posted on October 4, 2013, in Meal inspiration, Primal 101 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Love the new different recipes getting bored with the same food – I do the same bread it use buttermilk – thank you

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: