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Fried Chicken.

My boyfriend, recently diagnosed with Crohn's, is mourning the loss of one of his favorite foods--fried chicken.
A little bit of KFC results in hours of pain and bleeding afterwards.
What I'm wondering is, are there any homemade fried chicken recipes that would have less of an impact on his guts?


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KFC has been one of my favorites all my life and I have not let Crohn's get in the way. It took some experimenting and I found that I can enjoy two pieces of chicken, with some boiled carrots or similar. I stay clear of any of the KFC salads as they are high in fats. Stay clear of the fries too. Combining those with the chicken will overload my system.


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Fried foods/fast foods are really hard on me as well. The grease, the high fat content, and the seasonings all seem to affect me. I go to KFC rarely, and I only get the mashed potatoes when I do go there. And even those are full of additives and chemicals that I probably shouldn't be eating. Generally speaking, I rarely go out to eat and cook most of my meals at home so that I know what's going into them.

I know there's a such thing as oven baked "fried" chicken (it's battered similarly to fried chicken, but it's oven baked so it's less greasy and fatty). You might want to google some recipes for that and try to make it at home, that might be easier on him than KFC. Baked chicken is a pretty safe food for most of us.

Your boyfriend might also want to keep a food diary so that he can figure out specifically what foods/ingredients are bothering him. I did that for quite awhile myself - I journaled everything that I ate, what symptoms I was having, how much pain I was in and how many bowel movements and their consistency, etc. That allowed me to correlate symptoms to certain foods or ingredients (for example, I figured out that garlic is a trigger food for me).
Find out what about it is causing him problems. It could be the fats, or the spices, or the wheat in the breading.

I make my own gluten-free fried chicken by grinding oats into a powder, I mix spices (usually salt and garlic into it, no peppers / hot spices). I pat a little on the chicken, then mix in an egg to make batter, dip the chicken in the batter and drop it in a frying pan full of butter or coconut oil.

Usually have to pour a little more on it while it cooks, it doesn't cling quite as well as traditional flours.

Still tastes great.
I have also done versions of "breaded" chicken involving almond flour and spices, sometimes shredded cheese or parmesan, or shredded coconut with spices and lime.


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Last night I had two pieces of KFC with carrots after a long day out. I often find that I cannot eat all the breaded coating. There is often that soggy stuff I used to really like in my younger years but I simply cannot get it down. I have to pull that off the chicken.

My personal favorite. One whole chicken roasted in the oven.
I take a clove of garlic and mince it and add in a level teaspoon of seasoning salt and a slightly heaping teaspoon of poultry seasoning. Place the ingredients into a cup with about 1/4 cup water or less. Stir well and pour over the bird. Add a cup of water to the bottom of the casserole dish.
Bake at 375 for about an hour and a half for a 3 pound chicken.

I eat a lot of chicken in my diet. Red meat I cannot tolerate unless its been ground and in small portions. Pork sometimes, but it can be trouble too. Fish is good too, I just have to watch for the bones.
Maybe he could try eating a smallish amount of his favourite food with a larger quantity of plain boiled rice (not french fries!). I'm a veggie so don't know about KFC, though I struggle with anything greasy, but I can occasionally get away with something a bit bad if I have a good helping of mash or boiled rice with it. For example, I had to go to a curry house for my brother's 60th birthday recently - spicy food being a complete nightmare for my gut of course - but I somehow got away with a plate of dahl and rice without any bad ill effects. So I think it's worth trying a small amount of tasty food with a helping of bland stuff. Not the same as before but better than nothing.


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Hi Arasia,

If you must eat meat, the leaner the better. All the bad stuff,(pesticides such as glyphosate from GMO grain consumption and other environmental pollutants) are stored in the fatty tissues of animals. The higher on the food chain the worse it gets too. If you can find free range chickens they are much less contaminated. Look up glyphosate and leaky gut syndrome, it will soon become clearer.

Just my two cents,