Oven fried chicken is a family favorite dinner recipe that your family will love. You’ll be adding this recipe to you personal recipe box, it’s that good!
This is one of my very favorite Fried Chicken recipes. It isn’t actually fried in unhealthy oil, but baked, and it still has that yummy breading on the outside. That is why I call it Oven Fried Chicken. It is so good that I bet it will quickly become one of your favorites as well.
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve)
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dry ranch seasoning (I make my own dry ranch seasoning and it is amazing!)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 1/2 – 3 pounds chicken pieces
spray butter like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
I prefer to use chicken thighs. This is how they look when I buy them at the store.
In a small bowl combine the egg and the milk.
I like to crush the crackers in my Ninja mixer. I also use about half and half of saltine crackers and ritz crackers. This gives the breading a really good flavor. You can use breadcrumbs as well but the crackers give it a bit more of a crunchy breading.
After the crackers are crushed I add all my spices will still in the mixer and give it one more mix.
Pour the breading mixture into a separate bowl.
Remove the skin from the chicken. I love the skin of the chicken even though I know how unhealthy it is for me. I have tried leaving the skin on with this recipe and I prefer it without. The breading really is good enough all on its own and doesn’t need the skin for flavor.
Dip the chicken pieces, one at a time, into the egg mixture and then the crumb mixture.
Put the breaded chicken pieces in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Give each piece a couple squirts of the spray butter. If you don’t have spray butter you can melt about 2 tablespoons and pour over the top of the pieces. The butter gives a little bit of moisture and flavor while cooking. I have noticed the spray butter keeps the breading a little drier while the butter keeps in wetter, so it really is just a matter of preference.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 60 minutes or until chicken pieces are cooked through and no longer pink. Do not turn the chicken while Baking. When finished they come out golden brown and looking oh so delicious.
Load it up on a plate with a yummy side or two and listen to the lip smacking and yum noises as everyone eats. Chicken is moist and the breading has great flavor.