Everyone loves Fried Chicken! It’s one of our favorite comfort foods. But no one loves the mess frying chicken can entail.
Yes fried chicken can be messy to prepare. First you have to batter each piece of chicken, then you have to fry it. Both steps can leave your kitchen sticky and greasy, not to mention hot and smelling of oil. Who wants to stand in the kitchen for hours frying battered chicken parts when there is a much easier alternative. Place all your chicken in a baking dish and cook it in the oven!
I know, fried chicken in the oven? I was a bit skeptical myself, but when I tried it everyone loved it! It’s sort of like that Shake n’Bake mix you find in the store. Yes, fried chicken without the greasy mess!
For my recipe I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, they bake better than bone-in chicken parts and don’t dry out like chicken breasts sometimes can. I serve it with red beans and rice or mashed potatoes with gravy. It’s my version of fast food fried chicken at less than half the cost!
Here’s my recipe for Oven Fried Chicken!
8 – 10 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper
Pre-heat oven to 325°
Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry with paper towel
Measure oil and four into separate bowls
Mix all the spices together
Stir half of the spice mixture into the Olive Oil
Combine the other half of the spice mixture to the flour, toss well so it combines evenly
Brush each thigh with oil mixture be sure to cover all sides
Dredge oiled thighs in the flour mixture
Place on to a non-stick baking pan or tray
Bake for 45 minutes flipping chicken about half way thru the baking time
Increase the oven temperature to 475° and bake chicken for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp
Chicken must have an internal temperature of at least 165° before you take it out of the oven