This keto-fried okra is crispy and extra flavorful! This recipe is perfect for these days when craving some comfort food. This dish is gluten-free, low-carb, and made in the oven with more nutritious ingredients like almond flour instead of white flour, and it’s made without any oil.
This recipe makes a whole meal, with chicken and okra making the perfect crispy comfort-food combination!
This fried okra is made healthy since it’s fried in the oven without any oil.
Okra is seasonal food, and once you get your hands on some, the rest of the ingredients are easy to find.
Okra. You can get fresh okra at the grocery store when in season, or the farmer’s market would be the best option. The best seasons to get okra are late spring till fall. Fresh okra is very perishable; you have to store it in the fridge and use it in the next 2-3 days.
Chicken thighs. This recipe would work the best with chicken thighs to make sure the chicken bites in this dish are juicy and moist.
Almond flour. We’re using almond flour here instead of white flour to create the crispy low-carb coating.
Eggs. The eggs will help to create a sticky coating before dipping in the almond flour mixture. You’ll need two large eggs.
Smoked Paprika. The smoked paprika really busts the flavor.
Optional ingredients to try. Powdered garlic, chili powder, cajun seasoning would work great here as well.
How to Make It
1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven. Using kitchen scissors, slice chicken into bite-sized pieces. Prepare okra by slicing ends off and cutting half an inch size pieces.
2. Prepare two mixing bowls. In the first bowl, whisk the eggs. In the second bowl, mix almond flour with smoked paprika and salt.
3. Add okra and chicken to the egg mixture and mix to coat well.
4. Carefully dip okra and chicken pieces in the almond flour mixture and place them on the baking sheets making sure pieces don’t overlap.
5. Bake in the oven and serve with your favorite sauce.
I recommend slicing okra evenly in about half an inch size.
Crispy texture. To create the real crispy coating, make sure that chicken and okra pieces spread evenly on the two sheet pans and don’t touch.
Serving tips. Serve with ketchup, or marinara source, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Storing tips. Store in the fridge. The coating won’t be crispy after storing, so it’s better enjoyed while freshly cooked.
This recipe would also work great cooked in a cast-iron skillet. The oven-baked method saves time and reduces the amount of used oil.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do you make fried okra crispy again?
If your leftover fried okra lost the crisp factor, use this method. Turn the oven to broil on high, once the oven is heated, place okra on the baking sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes till warm and crispy.
This keto-fried okra is crispy and extra flavorful! This recipe is perfect for these days when craving some fried food. This dish is gluten-free, low-carb, and made in the oven with nutritious ingredients like almond flour instead of white flour and no vegetable oil; it’s a win-win.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Rinse and pat dry the chicken, use kitchen scissors to cut bite-sized pieces trimming the fat away. Prepare okra by slicing ends off and cutting half an inch size pieces.
Prepare two mixing bowls. In the first bowl whisk eggs, in the second bowl mix almond flour with smoked paprika and salt.
Add okra and chicken to the egg mixture and mix to coat well.
Carefully dip okra and chicken pieces in the flour mixture, taking only several pieces at once. Arrange on two baking sheets making sure pieces don’t touch and don’t overlap.
Bake for 15 minutes, then take baking sheets and switch their places in the oven. Bake for 15 more minutes till dry and crispy, no need to turn pieces over. Once cooked, serve with your favorite sauce.
To make sure the chicken bites are soft and moist, I recommend using chicken thigh meat.
Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!