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Five Atlanta Restaurants Serving Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

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Living in a region that is known for all things fried, some may think it is difficult to find gluten-free fried chicken in Atlanta, but they are mistaken. Light, flaky, moist, and flavorful gluten-free fried chicken is on the menu at five local restaurants where caution is taken to prevent cross contact.

An interesting twist to using batter made from gluten-free flours for fried chicken is that it produces a crisper crust. How? Gluten-free flours don't absorb grease the way gluten flour does.

Eater Atlanta contributor Jennifer Harris

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Bantam + Biddy

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This fried chicken is typically served in the form of tenders — and on the bone on Sundays only — that pair nicely with gluten-free jalapeno cornbread and sweet tea. Their proprietary gluten-free batter turns out a crispy and light crust surrounding moist, flavorful chicken. Prepared in a dedicated fryer, it's a testament to safe handling. [Photo: James Camp]

Chick-a-Biddy

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Chick-a-Biddy’s fried chicken tenders are gluten free and the only version on their menu. Unsuspecting consumers usually pair them with gluten-free macaroni and cheese, onion rings, and fries. The tenders are so meaty that one or two is enough for a meal. The restaurant uses a fryer that is dedicated for gluten-free ingredients. [Photo: Chick-a-Biddy/Facebook]

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub

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This restaurant's most popular gluten-free item is the on-the-bone fried chicken. After being brined in buttermilk, it is fried in a blend of cornstarch and rice flour in dedicated baskets and a separate fryer. Fried to order, an order consists of a breast, thigh, leg, and wing. [Photo: UrbanDaddy]

Max's Wine Dive

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Max's Wine Dive serves up Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken that is marinated in buttermilk and coated in batter that includes ground cauliflower to bump up the crispy factor. The chicken, which is served as a breast, leg, and thigh, has a thick layer of peppery crust that stays in place bite after bite. All of Max's gluten-free entrees — and there are many — are noted on the menu and served on separate plates to prevent any confusion in the kitchen. The restaurant's dedicated fryer is across the room from the regular fryers to prevent cross contact. [Photo: Max's Wine Dive/Facebook]

Zeal Modern Eatery

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Zeal prepares fried chicken by starting with Springer Mountain Farms chicken coated in tapioca and rice flour batter before frying it in a dedicated fryer. Diners get a whole breast with attached wing served with habanero pepper jelly, collards, and red-skin mashed potatoes. [Photo: Zeal/Facebook]

Bantam + Biddy

This fried chicken is typically served in the form of tenders — and on the bone on Sundays only — that pair nicely with gluten-free jalapeno cornbread and sweet tea. Their proprietary gluten-free batter turns out a crispy and light crust surrounding moist, flavorful chicken. Prepared in a dedicated fryer, it's a testament to safe handling. [Photo: James Camp]

Chick-a-Biddy

Chick-a-Biddy’s fried chicken tenders are gluten free and the only version on their menu. Unsuspecting consumers usually pair them with gluten-free macaroni and cheese, onion rings, and fries. The tenders are so meaty that one or two is enough for a meal. The restaurant uses a fryer that is dedicated for gluten-free ingredients. [Photo: Chick-a-Biddy/Facebook]

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub

This restaurant's most popular gluten-free item is the on-the-bone fried chicken. After being brined in buttermilk, it is fried in a blend of cornstarch and rice flour in dedicated baskets and a separate fryer. Fried to order, an order consists of a breast, thigh, leg, and wing. [Photo: UrbanDaddy]

Max's Wine Dive

Max's Wine Dive serves up Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken that is marinated in buttermilk and coated in batter that includes ground cauliflower to bump up the crispy factor. The chicken, which is served as a breast, leg, and thigh, has a thick layer of peppery crust that stays in place bite after bite. All of Max's gluten-free entrees — and there are many — are noted on the menu and served on separate plates to prevent any confusion in the kitchen. The restaurant's dedicated fryer is across the room from the regular fryers to prevent cross contact. [Photo: Max's Wine Dive/Facebook]

Zeal Modern Eatery

Zeal prepares fried chicken by starting with Springer Mountain Farms chicken coated in tapioca and rice flour batter before frying it in a dedicated fryer. Diners get a whole breast with attached wing served with habanero pepper jelly, collards, and red-skin mashed potatoes. [Photo: Zeal/Facebook]

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