Oven Fried Chicken

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful.

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Who else wants a big platter of this oven fried chicken in front of them right now?! With a crazy crunch and richness, this recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

Ingredients for Oven Fried Chicken

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bone-in chicken: You can use whatever cut of bone-in chicken that you like. I used chicken thighs because they stay super juicy and dark meat has more flavor than white meat. If you use bone-in chicken breasts, you may need to bake for longer.
  • Buttermilk: For marinating the chicken. This will make the chicken super juicy and tender.
  • All-purpose flour: For coating the chicken.
  • Brown sugar: Adds a little sweetness to the marinade to balance out the flavors.
  • Kosher salt: Balances out and bring out the flavor.
  • Paprika: For color and a little smokiness.
  • Garlic powder: Adds sweet, nutty garlic flavor to the flour coating.
  • Onion powder: This is my favorite onion powder to use.
  • Black pepper: A little spicy flavor.
  • Cayenne pepper: Gives the chicken some kick.
  • Butter: For baking the chicken. I used butter instead of oil because it adds lots more flavor and richness to the chicken.
  • Nonstick spray: For spraying the chicken.
Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

Start with the Buttermilk Brine

Start by soaking the chicken in buttermilk marinade. Whisk together the buttermilk, brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Add the chicken to the marinade. You can do as little as a few hours but if you have the time, I recommend overnight. The buttermilk breaks down some of the protein in the chicken and makes it SO tender.

It will also aid in getting the flour to stick to the chicken.

Dredge the Chicken

After the chicken has marinated, prepare the flour mixture for dreding the chicken.

In a shallow bowl, cake pan or pie plate, whisk together the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and let the excess drip off. Place into flour mixture and press flour into the chicken to coat evenly. Place on a clean plate and proceed with remaining chicken.

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

Time to Bake the Oven Fried Chicken

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Add butter to a large rimmed baking sheet. I always rave about these baking sheets for sheet pan dinner, roasting veggies and whatever else you’re cooking the oven. They are the actual best.

Place the baking sheet in the oven until the butter has melted. Remove from the oven and move the pan around to makes sure it’s fully coated in melted butter.

Place prepared chicken skin side down on the baking sheet. Spray the top and side of the chicken with nonstick spray. Bake for 25 minutes.

Flip the chicken and bake another 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F. If you’re using bigger cuts of chicken, it may take longer.

I always use this digital meat thermometer when cooking meat and poultry to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

SO Much Flavor

Between the spices in the buttermilk marinade and the flour mixture, this oven fried chicken is bursting with flavor. It has the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and nutty flavors to really put it over the top.

The cayenne and black pepper provide a nice kick of heat.

The crust has the perfect crunch thanks to it sizzling away in all that glorious butter.

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

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Oven Fried Chicken

Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time55 mins
Marinate Time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven fried chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Ingredients

For buttermilk marinade:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

For fried chicken:

  • 2.5-3 lbs. bone-in chicken
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  • Whisk together marinade ingredients. Add chicken to a plastic bag or large container with a lid. Pour buttermilk mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Refrigerate for 4 hours or up to overnight. The longer the better.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, stir together flour, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Grab a large plate, set aside. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, let excess drip off. Add to flour mixture and coat. Press gently to ensure it's coated. Set on plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Place butter on large rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven and allow butter to melt, this will only take a minute. Remove baking sheet from oven and move around to make sure butter coats the whole thing. Place coated chicken on the baking sheet, skin side down. Spray top and sides of chicken with nonstick spray. Bake in oven for 25 minutes, flip then bake another 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. If chicken pieces are large, it may take longer. If chicken starts to brown too much, cover lightly with foil for remaining baking time.

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Love fried chicken but hate frying food at home?! This Oven Fried Chicken is perfeclty crispy, juicy and super flavorful. Perfectly spiced and super tender from a buttermilk marinade.

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