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Oven Baked Fried Chicken Recipe

Updated on July 11, 2013
Oven Baked Fried Chicken is juicy on the inside, really crispy on the outside, and super easy to make!
Oven Baked Fried Chicken is juicy on the inside, really crispy on the outside, and super easy to make! | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Oven Baked Fried Chicken

I have been making this version of Oven Baked Fried Chicken for almost 30 years. It is a hand-me-down recipe from my mother-in-law. She always made the best oven chicken that I can remember.

I continue to use this same simple recipe for family dinners and also as a special treat for dinner guests. My husband has claimed for many years that this is his favorite chicken dish. My 9 year old granddaughter visited a few weeks ago and ate an entire chicken leg quarter!

Give it a try. This recipe is pure southern comfort!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Serves 4 - 1 chicken leq quarter per person
Spices for Oven Baked Fried Chicken are simple:  salt, black pepper and paprika.
Spices for Oven Baked Fried Chicken are simple: salt, black pepper and paprika. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Leg Quarters, Thawed
  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

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How to Make Oven Baked Fried Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thaw chicken let quarters.
  3. Remove excess fat from each leg quarter but leave skin intact.
  4. Mix flour and spices together well in a pie plate.
  5. Spread 1 tsp of sunflower or vegetable oil on the bottom a large baking pan to prevent chicken from sticking.
  6. Dredge each chicken leg quarter in flour mixture until entirely covered. Shake off excess flour.
  7. Place chicken on baking sheet with skin side up.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. At 40 minutes, remove chicken from oven and baste any floured areas that have not yet cooked.
  9. Return to oven for another 20 minutes or up to 50 minutes depending on how well done you like your chicken.
  10. Remove from oven and serve with salad and baked potato.
Removing excess fat allows oven baked chicken to cook crispy.  No additional oil or fat is needed.  The skin of the chicken cooks it and ends up really crispy.
Removing excess fat allows oven baked chicken to cook crispy. No additional oil or fat is needed. The skin of the chicken cooks it and ends up really crispy. | Source

Cook Oven Baked Fried Chicken With Skin Left On

Leaving the skin on the chicken is very important in this recipe. But, it is just as important to remove any excess fat. Once dredged in the flour mixture, the skin of the chicken provides the fat needed to fry it in the oven. The skin will cook down to a really thin crispy outer shell. It is delicious to eat and is something my kids fight over!

Coat the bottom of your baking pan with 1 tsp of sunflower oil or vegetable oil.
Coat the bottom of your baking pan with 1 tsp of sunflower oil or vegetable oil. | Source
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet

Use a large oblong baking sheet or pan with at least 1 inch sides. Oven Fried Baked Chicken will accumulate some drippings in the pan that are needed for basting midway through cooking.

 

Choose a Large Baking Pan with Sides for Baking Chicken

This recipe doesn't require much. 10 minutes to prepare it, and then bake. Choosing the right baking pan is important, though. If the chicken legs are too close together, the chicken will not brown as well and you may have some portions of the skin that do not get crispy because they were touching other pieces.

I like to use a sheet cake pan for my oven chicken. This pan is large enough that I can easily place from 4 chicken leg quarters on it with no worries of them crowding each other.

Use a pie plate for dredging chicken leg quarters in flour and spices before baking.
Use a pie plate for dredging chicken leg quarters in flour and spices before baking. | Source

Use a Pie Plate for Dredging Chicken Leg Quarters

Use a 9 inch pie plate for mixing flour and spices and dredging chicken before baking. The gently sloping sides of the pie plate catch flour that drifts when you are dredging the chicken and helps keep your kitchen tidy.

Use a large enough baking pan so that all of your chicken pieces cook individually.
Use a large enough baking pan so that all of your chicken pieces cook individually. | Source

Dredge Chicken Leg Quarters in Flour and Spices

Coat the chicken well in flour mixture. Place each piece with the skin side up on your baking sheet. Bake for at least 1 hour and up to 1 1/2 hours for really crispy and tender chicken.

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    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I love making oven fried chicken. Easy to make and I think it tastes better than deep fried. Useful directions and pics. Thanks for sharing. Up and useful.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This oven-baked fried chicken recipe looks really good. The recipe seems simple and easy to make. The images of the cooking process really help to show how to make this recipe.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      A wonderful idea for baked chicken. Non-fried, less oil and taste similar to KFC? I sure would love to try out soon. I like the way you lay out the recipe information and your pictures were well taken. Voted up

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