Uncle Clarence's Oven-fried Chicken

I read the interesting heart-felt memoir, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, by Kathleen Flinn.

It was filled with great recipes from her growing-up years, and this is her Uncle Clarence’s way of “frying chicken.”  

It’s succulent, tender corn flake-crusted fried chicken.

Simple goes it here, with this chicken tasting about as good as the real thing, with just a fraction of the calories ~ minus the greasy deep-frying mess.

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. 

The key is to lightly glaze the chicken with some kind of fat before putting it in the oven.

Serve it with tangy cole slaw, mashed potatoes, maybe biscuits ~ this will be your go to chicken dinner!

We ate it right up, and I bet you will too!

It's lip-smacking’ goodness!

Uncle Clarence’s Oven-fried Chicken


6 tablespoons butter, melted
1½ cups buttermilk
1½ cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup crushed cornflakes
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning, or dried thyme and/or sage
1 (3½ pounds) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 tablespoon paprika, for dusting


 Preheat oven to 375°.
Using 2 tablespoons of the butter, coat the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold the chicken pieces in on layer without touching.
Place buttermilk in a shallow bowl.
In another bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper, cornflakes and poultry seasoning.
Dip each chicken piece into buttermilk.
Shake off excess and roll in the flour mixture to coat.
Place chicken in prepared pan, skin side up.
Drizzle rest of butter evenly over chicken.
Dust the chicken liberally with paprika.
Place pan in oven, on the middle rack, uncovered.
Bake for 1 hour, until chicken is golden and baked through,  (Small pieces may be done at 45 minutes, so check it to make sure).
Serve warm


Can add cinnamon instead of poultry seasoning, for a little different flavor.
Use whatever chicken pieces you want.
If chicken includes extra-large breasts, cut into 2 portions, for appropriate serving sizes and so that they will cook more evenly.

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  1. Crisp yet tender, fried but healthy...I would love some, Pam.

    1. Great, Angie! Wish I could hand it over! :-)

  2. I've never tried to get crispy chicken like this from the oven but looks like it works well.

  3. Pam, Healthy or not, we love fried chicken. At home we bake it because its easier and neater but we do go for deep fried chicken when we're out and about. Your baked chicken dinner looks great and it's simple to do too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Thanks, Dave! I know what you mean, fried chicken! Take care

  4. Fried chicken is one of the top food trends in 2016, at least where I live.
    "..with just a fraction of the calories.." - that makes your recipe very appealing and worth trying.

    1. Thanks, Duta! Yes, less calories and it's truly good. Thanks for the visit!

  5. It certainly does look good and I bet it tastes even better.

    1. Thanks, Karen! We really liked it! Take care

  6. This is a great way to enjoy fried chicken without the grease. Great recipe!


    1. Thanks, Velva! No grease with this. :-)

  7. i hate deep frying but my husband LOVES fried chicken--this is a fabulous solution! i'm really intrigued by the idea of adding cinnamon to the mix--i might just have to do that!

    1. I'm not crazy about frying chicken either. And I haven't tried the cinnamon yet, next time maybe. Thanks for the visit, Grace!

  8. Love fried chicken! This looks terrific -- loads of flavor. Really like the idea of using cinnamon, too. Thanks!

  9. My mom would make oven fried chicken with either corn flakes or rice krispies---I always liked it with corn flakes better. Hers was very basic, but I'd definitely add the buttermilk dip and seasonings. My family would love it!

    1. Thanks, Liz! Bet it's good with the rice krispies too. Take care

  10. we love fried chicken, my grandma made the best and I am always trying to find something similar, this looks fabulous Pam. Happy 2017!!!!

    1. Thanks, Cheri! It's hard to beat fried chicken! Happy 2017 to you!

  11. I love fried chicken in every form! This sounds great!

  12. We love fried chicken, but the calories and grease certainly do not love us in return. I'll have to try this recipe to continue to enjoy 'fried' chicken but with less grease and fat. Thanks for sharing this Pam!

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  14. Looks great, Pam. Going to try as we love fried chicken.


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