Easy Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings

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 (910g) chicken drumsticks and thighs (about 4-5 pieces)
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) 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)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels.

  3. In large shallow bowl, beat the eggs with a fork until combined.
  4. In another large shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, salt, paprika, fresh cracked black pepper and dried herbs.

  5. (optional) Season the outside of the chicken with additional salt.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Serve chicken with your favorite bbq sauce, ketchup or dipping sauce.