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Crisp Oven-Fried Chicken

crisp oven-fried chicken Entree
Crisp Oven-Fried Chicken
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 4

Make fried chicken the easy way—in your oven! A surprise ingredient adds some seriously fantastic flavor and crunch to this easy oven-fried chicken recipe without all of the fuss (and fat) that comes with deep frying. Oh, and did we mention it preps in just 15 minutes? With a crispy oven fried chicken recipe this simple, there’s no excuse to go the drive-thru anymore. Try this recipe once, and you’ll agree! MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 2, 2019

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups mashed potato flakes
1
teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2
teaspoon paprika
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
cup butter, melted
1
tablespoon water
1
egg
1
(3 to 3 1/2-lb.) frying chicken, skin removed if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, combine potato flakes, seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder and pepper. Add margarine; mix well. In medium bowl, combine egg and water; beat well.
  • 3
    Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture; thorougly coat all sides with potato flake mixture. Place chicken, skin side up, in sprayed pan.
  • 4
    Bake uncovered at 400°F. for 55 to 60 minutes or until chicken is fork tender and juices run clear.

Expert Tips

  • This baked chicken comes out deep golden brown and crispy, just like fried chicken. Since the chicken is baked however, clean-up is quick and there's no oil spatter or lingering order.
  • Coat chicken, with zero mess! Seal chicken, seasonings and breadcrumbs inside a freezer bag and shake for perfectly covered, crispy results. More smart freezer bag tips.
  • Potato salad, buttered baby peas and biscuits or cornbread make your chicken dinner complete.
  • You can purchase a whole chicken and carve it yourself, or you can purchase pre-packaged drumsticks, breasts or thighs depending on what cut of the bird you want to serve. The legs and thighs, the darker meats, will pack more flavor. Chicken breasts are a meatier option, but won’t have as rich of a flavor as the other cuts of the chicken.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
11g
53%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
200mg
66%
Sodium
580mg
24%
Potassium
560mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
0g
Protein
42g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Traditionally, fried chicken you find at restaurants or at the store is made by cooking breaded chicken in oil on a hot stove. (If that’s what you’re craving, we have a recipe for amazing Buttermilk Fried Chicken.) However, this method can be a little tricky, and also not the healthiest option available to you. That’s why we love this oven-fried chicken recipe as an alternative for novice cooks and people looking for a skinnier dinner option. Since it’s baked in the oven, this recipe is more hands-off than the stove method, and also a bit better for you since it’s not cooked in oil. Have more questions about how to fry chicken, like what part of the chicken you should use or how to store and reheat leftover fried chicken? We have a comprehensive guide to how to make the best fried chicken that you need to read. Loved this recipe and want to add more chicken recipes you can make in your oven to your recipe box? We have a bunch of baked chicken dinners for you too.
  • Traditionally, fried chicken you find at restaurants or at the store is made by cooking breaded chicken in oil on a hot stove. (If that’s what you’re craving, we have a recipe for amazing Buttermilk Fried Chicken.) However, this method can be a little tricky.That’s why we love this oven-fried chicken recipe as an alternative for novice cooks. Since it’s baked in the oven, this recipe is more hands-off than the stove method. Have more questions about how to fry chicken, like what part of the chicken you should use or how to store and reheat leftover fried chicken? We have a comprehensive guide to how to make the best fried chicken that you need to read. Loved this recipe and want to add more chicken recipes you can make in your oven to your recipe box? We have a bunch of baked chicken dinners for you too.

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