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crispy oven fried chicken on a white plate next to macaroni and cheese
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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

Crispy oven fried chicken is a lightened up version of the Southern classic. This recipe is so crunchy, juicy and well seasoned that it will fool even the most Southern of Southern Belles into thinking this is real deal deep fried chicken!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 6
Calories: 545.19kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, excess fat trimmed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil

Instructions

  • On a plate of in a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and pepper. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper until evenly combined. In another small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning, paprika, oil, salt and pepper just until all are equally incorporated.
  • Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour to coat, shake off any excess and then dip it into the egg mixture, again shake off any excess and then sit it in the bread crumb mixture, turning and pressing to coat it evenly on all sides.
  • Place the coated chicken onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the bread crumb coating is nicely browned and the meat's cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with coleslaw and one or more of the other suggested sides.
  • Sometimes it may seem like a lot of fat on a chicken thigh, and if you're like me you want to remove as much as possible. Using a knife to do so will cost you a lot of the meat too. Use a good pair of sharp kitchen sheers to easily cut away almost all excess fat quickly and easily without losing any meat. Just watch your fingers!

Notes

  • To trim the excess fat off of the chicken thighs, use a good pair of sharp kitchen sheers to easily cut away almost all excess fat quickly and easily without losing any meat. Just watch your fingers!
  • Adjust the amount of hot sauce and Cajun seasoning to suit your tastes.
  • You could use this method with other cuts of chicken. Just make sure to cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Nutrition

Calories: 545.19kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.05g | Protein: 57.3g | Fat: 21.11g | Saturated Fat: 5.24g | Cholesterol: 198.46mg | Sodium: 304.72mg | Potassium: 963.97mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.72g | Vitamin A: 752.39IU | Vitamin C: 1.62mg | Calcium: 63.91mg | Iron: 3.46mg