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Oven “Fried” Chicken

Both of our moms made “the best” fried chicken years ago, but I probably could count on one hand all the times I’ve cooked it.  And that’s mainly for the usual reasons; the messy frying and cholesterol. 

But, the truth of the matter may be that I never really mastered the art of frying chicken.  The times I tried, it was always done on the outside, with a beautiful deep golden brown crust, and under-cooked on the inside with a greasy layer.  

Then I resorted to oven “fried” chicken.  This is a great recipe with just the right blend of ingredients to make everyone satisfied.  Sometimes, I add more garlic powder, and add Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb Seasoning.  The Italian seasoned bread crumbs are perfect ~ a delicious alternative to seasonings blended with flour. 

Oven “Fried” Chicken


1 (3- pound) chicken, cut up or favorite pieces
3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place butter in baking sheet and into oven just long enough to melt.
Wash chicken and pat dry.
Mix coating ingredients together in bowl.
Dredge chicken in coating.
Place chicken on baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes and turn.
Bake for 20-30 additional minutes or until juices run clear and coating is crisp.
Serves 4-6

Try this!  It’s ‘finger lickin’ good’!

By the way----

We’ve had 9 consecutive days of record-high temperatures; this morning the wind chill factor is 27 degrees ~ a return to our usual Spring weather!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking.  She is having a great cookbook giveaway now!


  1. My MIL made the BEST fried chicken and I learned from her. It was a usual Sunday dinner dish at our house when the kids were young. NOW...I can't remember the last time I fried chicken. Simply grilled with a fruit salsa is about the only way we prepare it, but darn....I do think your chicken looks great.

  2. Pam....that looks so good! Spring will be just around the corner for you soon.

  3. I am so glad that you posted this recipe...My husband has always said that I am the queen of making the prettiest fried chicken ever....only problem, it is never yours, it is always golden crispy brown, but undercooked on the inside.
    Now I have a new recipe to cook for him...
    Have a great day.

  4. Looks yummy minus the oil for deep frying..a healthier version.

  5. whats nice idea Pam the kids love really love fried chicken I will try this!

  6. Hi Pam:) hum i'll try it definitely! let's see how is my fried chicken :) my grandmother was a wonderful I ever do in my blog :) kisses and see you soon

  7. I made fried chicken exactly once - in the 1980's. Since then I have made a whole slew of oven versions. So many that I don't remember which ones turned out the best. I'll bookmark this for my next try. The only thing I will do differently is to use plain homemade bread crumbs. I am not fond of the Italian ones. Oh, did you start the chicken skin side down. If you have time to answer:

  8. Amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Pam, Oven fried chicken is one of my favorites... We've never actually fried chicken at home...always fried in the oven. It's just too messy as well as a bit of a gamble actually frying it! Thanks for the recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  10. I always had the same issues with oven baked chicken so I will have to try your recipe - my Hubs will be so happy!! :) Thank you, dear Pam!

  11. Oh this looks so good! I haven't had chicken that looked this great in a long time! I must get cooking!

  12. I used to make chicken quite often, but now that I'm a bit older I don't like the mess, or the calories.
    Your oven baked version looks much easier and delicious.

  13. I need to make "oven fried", but I usually go for the real thing. Yours looks great. 27 degrees...ahhh It's 80 something here.

  14. Susan, I'm guessing your kids realize how lucky they were to have you cook fried chicken on Sunday's. It had to be the best! I wish I had learned the secret to cooking it well. I'll just have to stick with recipes like this one...

    Mr. Bill, thanks! I sure hope spring will be here soon! It is really windy,and chilly and cloudy here today.

    Shug, great! I hope you try this! I'm glad I'm not the only one who can make the greasy kind!

    What's Baking?? Yes, this is much healthier which is great!

    Gloria, this recipe is good. We really like it.

    Amoridoce by coradinha, oh, I bet your grandma's was really good. There's not quite anything like good fried chicken!

    Stephen, evidently your one time wasn't much of a success either. I've made a lot of versions of "baked" and this is my favorite.

    Lia, you're welcome and thanks for the visit!

    Big Daddy Dave, I agree with you all the way on baking the chicken. It's a huge gamble with me!

    Anna, then I hope you are as happy with this recipe as I am---and your hubs too! It's good and easy!

    Debbi, thanks! Chicken always makes for a good dinner.

    jose manuel, Es delicioso pollo. Gracias!

    Lynda, I'm sure yours was delicious back then too. This is so much easier, not so messy and tastes pretty good with a good calorie count!

    Bo, wow, I bet yours is great! Then I want to be around your table! I'm really jealous with that 80 something degrees stuff! Do me a favor and wave it up this way! Mother Nature needs help here!

  15. This is the best kind of fried chicken for a healthy heart. Love this method of still enjoying fried food.

  16. just look at that gorgeous color browned crispy coating wow!~

  17. I've done fried chicken like this a lot.. it's SOOOO incredibly good! I think the universe is telling me to make fried chicken.. this is the third post I've seen today!!

  18. Pam, that looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I remember my mom making fried chicken growing up. I have never made it myself. This sounds like a perfect option! Looks delicious too!

  20. I remember my mother had a deep fryer built right into the stove! For years, it was the Colonel to rescue for fried chicken but this method is so much better for our health. Love the seasonings in your recipe!

  21. yum, great oven chicken recipe! thanks for sharing!

  22. Rita, thanks! Yes, it's a way to still enjoy almost fried chicken.

    Claudia, thanks! I'm glad you stopped by!

    Jenn, I know what you mean! When I posted the coffee cake below, I saw coffee cake everywhere!

    Kat, hi! It's great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by!

    Donna, now you don't have to "fry" it---you can make this. Thanks!

    Susan, wow! I've never seen a deep fryer built into the stove. That's pretty interesting! We usually had the Colonel's back in those days if we wanted fried chicken. Glad you like this version.

    Jenn Kendall, thank you and thanks for stopping by. I will be visiting you soon!

  23. I love oven fried anythin Pam. I remember my mom making the best fried chicken too. She woul make it in an electric frying pan...and not the non-stick kind. We could scrape the good stuff off the bottom of the pan with a fork. I like finding different recipes for oven fried chicken. Yum! Maybe I'll just stop over for dinner! :)

  24. Lyndsey, come on over for dinner anytime! I'd love it!!! I bet your mom's chicken was great! And an electric frying pan would be perfect for it to control the heat easily. Mom always made hers in an iron skillet. That stuff on the bottom is the best and I always tried to get my fair share!!! Have a good evening, dear!

  25. I passed on a blog award to you today! Love your recipes!

  26. Definitely looks finger lickin' good. Have to try this!

  27. My mom always used to oven fry chicken. Never once saw her deep fry it (and I have never fried chicken, either!) Looks delish!

  28. Karen, oven frying is so easy; no splatters, easy clean-up. Have a good rest of the week!

  29. I used to fry chicken - messy job and, like you, not always reliable... Much prefer the oven-fried method. Like your recipe!

  30. Your crispy chicken looks irresistible! A must try dish :) Have a great weekend, Pam!

  31. I agree with everyone - looks fabulous!

  32. I usually use panko when I bake my chicken. I like the seasoning you use in your recipe. I am going to give it a try with my panko breading.


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