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Keto Nashville hot chicken sandwich on a cutting board
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Air Fryer Keto Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

Delicious sweet and spicy hot chicken just like you would get in a restaurant, I would say even better.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Oscar
Cost: $10


Spice Blend

Chicken Thighs


Spice Blend

  • Mix the spices and swerve brown sugar together in a small bowl

Chicken Thighs

  • Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the half of the spice blend on both sides of the chicken. Store in an enclosed container in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Take the chicken out of the fridge after 1 hour
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (see notes for oven method)
  • In one shallow bowl whisk together the 1 egg, buttermilk and hot sauce together. In another shallow bowl mix together the almond flour, pork rind crumbs and salt and pepper.
  • Dip each chicken thigh in the egg mixture and ensure it is well coated. Then dredge through the breadcrumb mixture and it is nicely crusted on both sides.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place each chicken thigh in the basket. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken thighs with cooking spray. Air fryer for 8 minutes per side, then spray each side again with the cooking spray and air fry for another 2 minutes per side.
  • Gently remove from air fryer and place on a clean wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Mix the remaining spice blend with the melted butter and brush the paste onto the chicken thighs. If paste is too thick add more melted butter.
  • Chicken thighs can be served on their own or serve on a low carb hamburger bun topped with pickles, lettuce and mayo.



Each chicken thigh has 4g net carbs.  If serving on a low carb hamburger bun with two chicken thighs, pickles, lettuce and mayo it would be roughly 8g net carbs for the sandwich.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
Make sure to use cooking spray or grease the air fryer basket to avoid sticking. You also want to lightly use cooking spray on the chicken to help with crisping them up and to avoid sticking to the basket.
Oven Method: You can bake these breaded chicken thighs in the oven at the same temperature on a wire rack sprayed with cooking spray and a baking sheet.  Times may vary but it would be roughly 6 -8 minutes per side.  Remove from oven once they are crispy and golden.
Please note: Ingredients measurements in the video have been adjusted in the recipe card below. I was left with too much breading once I breaded the chicken and wanted to provide a more accurate amount. See accurate measurements in the recipe card below.


Serving: 1Thigh | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 31g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g