I’m excited to share with you the best alternative to fried chicken I’ve ever had! Trust me, I know deep-fried food can taste good (and is a fun treat on occasion), but all the refined oil that gets absorbed during cooking is not good for you. So here’s an oven fried chicken recipe you can feel good about making for your family and, trust me, you’ll be picking the crust off this stuff just like it’s the real deal!
Oven "Fried" Chicken
- 2 pounds chicken breasts bone in, skinless (can also use thighs, and/or legs)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or more depending on size of bowl
- cooking spray
- 1 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Marinate chicken in buttermilk (fully submerged) in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or up to 24 hours overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, spray generously with cooking spray, and set aside.
- Stir together the breadcrumbs, cheese, and spices in a shallow, large bowl. One-by-one remove chicken pieces from buttermilk, shake off the excess, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture until fully coated. Place chicken on a baking rack.
- Generously coat chicken with cooking spray and cook until golden brown and the meat is done (165 degrees when inserted with a thermometer), about 35 to 45 minutes.