Guest post from Brigette Shevy
Crystal and I grew up in a family of seven children. Given our family size, and the fact that we had company over for meals at least once a week, our Mom was (is!) the Queen of simple, budget-friendly, crowd-pleasing meals.
Crystal and I were recently reminiscing about different recipes we grew up on and thought it would be fun to share some of our favorites with you.
This Oven Fried Chicken Recipe is a classic!
Oven Fried Chicken was one of my Dad’s favorite meals.
My Mom got the recipe out of the church cookbook from the church my parents attended the first years of their marriage, and it has been a regular in our family for as long as I can remember.
Depending on what you serve with it, this chicken can be a fancy special occasion dinner or a hearty recipe for any night of the week!
What is oven fried chicken?
Oven frying is a low-fat technique for cooking crumb-coated foods in a very hot oven in an effort to recreate that crisp and golden exterior of foods that have been deep fried.
This technique cuts down on fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.
Oven fried chicken is a perfect example of how to make your favorite fried foods a whole lot healthier!
You Will Love This Easy Oven Fried Chicken
Well for starters… it tastes amazing! The outside is perfectly crispy and crunchy while the meat is so tender and juicy.
I love that this simple recipe requires only a few basic ingredients and is less time-consuming than regular fried chicken.
Also, it’s so much healthier since it’s baked and not fried — plus you won’t stink up your house with a deep fryer!
What you’ll need for Fried Chicken in the Oven
- 3lbs chicken pieces; rinsed and patted dry*
- ½ cup melted butter (you can use less)
- ½ cup flour, (possibly a bit more)
- 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
NOTE: The original recipe calls for the skin to be left on, but I usually remove the skin. It’s good either way!
How to Make Fried Chicken in the Oven
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
2. Melt butter in a shallow baking dish or bowl.
3. In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, pepper, and paprika.
4. Dip chicken pieces in melted butter…
5. And then dip the chicken into the flour mixture.
6. Place coated chicken pieces in a single layer on a greased shallow baking pan (skin side down – if you’ve left the skin on).
7. Bake at 400º for 30 minutes.
8. Flip chicken pieces over and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes.
Temp for oven fried chicken:
We recommend setting your oven to 400ºF as that seems to be the best temperature to allow the chicken to fully cook without burning the deliciously crispy, crunchy crust!
At what temperature is fried chicken done?
The recommended “safe” temperature for cooking poultry is 165ºF. So the INTERNAL temperature of the chicken should be stable at 165ºF before eating.
You can use a simple instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature — just make sure you’re not accidentally touching the thermometer to a bone (which will be much hotter).
And keep in mind that white meat usually cooks faster than dark meat.
How to serve this Recipe For Oven Fried Chicken
As I mentioned above, oven fried chicken can be as fancy or as “every day” as you want it to be.
If you’re going for a hearty sit-down dinner, serve it up with baked or mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, homemade applesauce, and dinner rolls.
If you prefer a lighter meal, oven fried chicken pairs nicely with a simple Ceasar Salad and fresh fruit.
For a backyard barbeque, try serving it with baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and watermelon wedges.
Storing Easy Oven Fried Chicken
On the off chance you have any leftover chicken, simply refrigerate it in a food storage container to reheat later.
It’s best to let the chicken cool completely before covering it in the refrigerator — this will help to prevent the crunchy coating to get soggy.
How to reheat fried chicken in the oven
Oven fried chicken tastes amazing as leftovers — but it’s best to reheat it in the oven so you can enjoy the crispy crunchy coating again!
Preheat your oven to 400ºF again and place cold chicken on a foil-lined baking pan. It helps to let the chicken sit at room temperature while the oven preheats.
Pop the chicken in the oven for 15-20 minutes, checking after 10 to see how warm it is.
Oven Baked Fried Chicken FAQs
Chicken needs to be dry in order to get crispy in the oven — so make sure you pat the skin well with a paper towel before coating it with the egg + flour mixture.
In order to get a crispy coating on your chicken, you’ll need to use some type of flour or cornstarch in the breading. Make sure you drench the chicken in melted butter so all the yummy breading has something to stick to.
In addition to making sure the skin is nice and dry, you’ll want to have your oven nice and hot — at least 400ºF. And if you have a wire baking rack that fits in one of your baking pans, set the chicken on that so air can circulate around the entire piece of chicken.
This will mostly depend on your personal preferences. Deep-frying is faster than oven-fried chicken, however, it’s a lot messier and smellier. It also requires the use of a deep fryer and lots of oil. Oven fried chicken takes a bit longer to bake, but it’s healthier and a lot easier.
Classic Recipe for Oven Fried Chicken
- 3 lbs chicken pieces rinsed and patted dry
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup flour
- 1½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Melt butter in a shallow baking dish or bowl.
- In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Dip chicken pieces in melted butter.
- Then dip them into the flour mixture.
- Place coated chicken pieces in a single layer on a greased shallow baking pan (skin side down – if you’ve left the skin on).
- Bake at 400º for 30 minutes.
- Flip chicken pieces over and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes.
- Eat and enjoy!
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.
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