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Leon’s GFC (gluten free fried chicken)

By on October 9, 2014 in UK Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

If you are not already aware of Leon, it is a primarily London based chain that serves healthy fast food.

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Back in 2014 Leon trialled a new dish called GFC – Gluten Free Chicken (made with their “not so secret blend of herbs and spices”).  It is great news it is now available in all stores as chicken nuggets.  The original version was flash fried in rapeseed oil and then oven baked, but not sure about the nuggets.  It is perhaps not as healthy as most of their other meals, but super yummy!   I really rate Leon, and you can read about their other menu items here.

Leon GF chicken_optThe Leon GFC is probably the closest thing you could get to KFC on a gluten free diet.  It had a nice crunchy outside with a pleasant flavour from the herbs, and the chicken was beautifully moist on the inside.  The baked fries at Leon are also gluten free.  One serve comes with two pieces of chicken, but my kind husband let me have one of his pieces as he could see how much I was enjoying it!  That is what gluten free deprivation does to you – when you get onto a good thing, you tend to overindulge (or I do, anyway!).   Before going to the store, I checked if the fryer used would not be contaminated by frying wheat based items, and I was assured it was safe.

The only thing I did not really like was it being served on a board with paper.  I am always concerned about how clean a board can be if it has had gluten containing products on it (eg burgers) and the paper gets all ripped up by the cutlery.  I would much prefer a plate.   If you eat at Leon during the day you will get the chicken in a box, but in the evenings plates are used (at Spitalfields, not sure about the other stores).

When I was leaving, I noticed a poster advertising their new milk free shakes – great for those on a dairy free diet.

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Check the website for the full menu and opening hours of the store you wish to visit.  As a general rule of thumb, they are open 7 days for breakfasts until quite late in the evening (eg 8-10pm).  On the weekends they open a little later and close earlier – around 6pm on a Sunday.  Heathrow stores are an exception, which open very early and close late.

Declaration: Leon provided a complimentary GFC meal for two.

This post was updated in November 2018.

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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