It’s hard to pass up a great batch of fried chicken. But when you’re wanting something a little healthier without all the deep frying oil, then try this easy oven baked chicken recipe that results in a crust that is crispy and almost “fried”. Sometimes we can by-pass all the oil and making this oven baked fried chicken is much healthier and still have a nice crunch. The seasoned bread crumbs on the outside of the baked chicken provides plenty of flavor and texture, similar to fried chicken, but it’s baked in the oven for about 45 minutes.
When making this baked “fried” chicken, try to keep the sizes of the chicken pieces the same size, so that they will cook evenly. Baking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken drumsticks and thighs. To make sure the chicken is completely cooked on the inside, pierce it with a knife to make sure all the juices run clean. If you need to cook it further, then just cover the chicken with foil and bake it till it’s completely cooked. You can even bake chicken wings with this technique and if you do, then just reduce your cooking time. Serve the baked chicken with your favorite salad or corn and your favorite bbq sauce or other dipping sauce.
Here’s a video for a previous Crispy Asian Fried Chicken Recipe w/ Chili Garlic Sauce
Easy Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken Recipe
Yield: Serves 3-4
Total Time: 1 hour
Baking times will vary depending on size of drumsticks and thighs. So to keep the cooking time consistent, try to have about the same size pieces of chicken.
- 2 pounds of chicken drumsticks and thighs (about 4-5 pieces)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano, thyme, basil)
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
- In large shallow bowl, beat and combine the eggs with a fork.
- In another large shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, sea salt, paprika, fresh cracked black pepper and dried herbs.
- (optional) season the outside of the chicken with additional salt.
- Coat chicken in bread crumbs, then shake off excess. Then dip chicken in egg and allow excess egg to drip off. Then gently lay the chicken in the bread crumbs again for one last coating. Shake off any excess bread crumbs. Repeat process till all chicken pieces are coated.
- Lay chicken on lined sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes first, or until outside crust becomes crispy golden brown. Then carefully flip the chicken pieces over and cook other side for about 15 more minutes, or until all the juices run clean. You can pierce a knife into the chicken to make sure it's cooked all the way. If not, then cover the chicken with foil and cook until it's finished.
- Serve chicken with your favorite bbq sauce, ketchup or dipping sauce.