Gluten-Free Oven “Fried” Chicken Sandwich

Did someone say “fried chicken”!? This week, I am introducing a #SkylerSwap on the classic fried chicken sandwich! I personally don’t love Chick Fil A due to their warped view on humanity, but when I was growing up, I really enjoyed their chicken sandwich. Because I don’t want to go spend my money there now, I figured I would try to make a healthier version at home!

Whether you’re in the mood for something crispy or something savory, this gluten-free, oven-baked, sweet potato bun version satisfies all those cravings! I’m swapping out the classic potato bun with thick, baked sweet potato medallions. Then, I marinate a chicken breast in a pickle juice based marinade, coat it in gluten-free flour and bake it for maximum crispiness. Top with a homemade honey mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles — this is simple and delicious.

Oven-fried chicken with lettuce, tomato and pickles on sweet potato slices

Oven-Fried Chicken Sandwich (Gluten-Free)

This is a gluten-free version of our favorite fried chicken sandwich, except it's not fried! This is inspired by the Chick Fil A chicken sandwich recipe, with a healthy spin. I marinate the chicken breast in pickle juice and milk to bring out flavor and tenderness, then I "fry" it in the oven. The chicken breast is put on two roasted sweet potato medallions, topped with lettuce, tomato and pickle with a generous serving of honey mustard.
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy
Servings 2


Sweet Potato Buns

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp avocado oil

Chicken Marinade

  • 1 large jar pickle juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil can sub olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast

"Fried" Chicken Coating

  • 1/2 cup gluten free, spelt flour bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp dill

Sandwich Toppings

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 head bibb lettuce
  • 1/2 tomato sliced
  • 1/4 red onion sliced in rings


Chicken Marinade

  • In a large bowl or baking pan, add marinade ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Cut chicken breast in half (or if it's a large chicken breast, cut it into thirds.)
  • Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes (you can also do it the night before.)

Sweet Potato Bun

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut sweet potato lengthwise, to make bun shape.
  • Lightly coat in avocado oil and top with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tender.

Honey Mustard & Toppings

  • While your sweet potatoes cook and your chicken marinates, prepare the sandwich toppings to save time. Slice tomato, lettuce and onion.
  • Combine honey and mustard and set aside.

Chicken coating

  • Combine spelt flour bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, dill season, salt, and pepper in bowl.
  • Once the chicken is done marinating, coat each piece of chicken in flour mixture.

Fried Chicken

  • In an oven-safe skillet, pour in half of the marinade and top with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil.
  • Add coated chicken to skillet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. If necessary, broil for 2 minutes on each side, to reach desired crispiness.
  • Top with desired toppings and enjoy!


You can buy honey mustard, or you can make your own.
Keyword chick fil a, gluten free fried chicken, healthy chick fil a, healthy fried chicken sandwich, pickle marinade chicken

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