The Great Oven-Fried Chicken Experiment

All food bloggers have those recipes that they think are going to nuts, and no one really seems to notice them.

All food bloggers also have those recipes that get such an incredible response, it’s kind of mind-blowing.

This Oven-Fried Chicken recipe is one those recipes for me.

oven fried chicken in grey bowl with parchment paper and one piece cut in half

It’s a recipe we’d made several times before I even started a food blog, and one that I knew I wanted to share with you shortly after I began. We love this recipe. It has great KFC flavour, but it uses lean chicken breasts, has no fatty skin and is still moist and juicy without being greasy.

The response from readers has been outstanding. The recipe has over 52,000 pins, which is nothing for some bloggers out there, but for me? Nothing else has ever come close, keeping in mind that I only started my blog in March 2014.

But with so many people sharing it, and therefore more and more people making it, there are bound to be some that have mixed reviews. Some of you commented that you made it, and you loved it. Awesome! Others commented that they found it a little greasy, or the coating fell off, or had other issues with the recipe.

I had never had any of these issues with the recipe before, but after hearing from so many of you, I wanted to do a little experiment and test some different methods for making oven-fried chicken, to be sure that I was giving you reliable information.

I never want you to feel like the recipes here are completely unattainable, and I never want you to feel like I’m misleading you. I started this blog because I want to share with you the best food I’ve experienced, and I appreciate your feedback and comments so that I can help you figure out what’s going on when you try something that doesn’t work.

So, I’m done boring you with the mushy stuff.

After reading your comments, I decided I would try 4 different methods.

1. The original recipe as written. I reduced the butter to 3 tbsp because I was only cooking one chicken breast (cut into 3 strips) per baking sheet. If you’re cooking a large amount, you will probably still want 3-5 tbsp.

2. Flour, egg, flour. For this method, I coated my chicken strips in the flour mixture, then dipped in egg, then coated again in the flour mixture. I used 3 tbsp butter, for the same reasons as above.

3. The original recipe, broiled after baking. Because some of you found the chicken soggy, the suggestion to broil it was brought up. I used 3 tbsp butter, for the same reasons as above.

4. Half panko. One reader swapped panko for the flour, and enjoyed the recipe. I swapped half the flour for panko, as I still wanted it to be as close to real fried chicken as possible.

The results:

1. The original recipe as written. Guys, I still love this recipe. The chicken wasn’t soggy and the coating didn’t fall off. I baked exactly 11-12 minutes, flip, bake another 11-12 minutes. I didn’t dry my chicken before coating it in the flour, I just sliced up a thawed chicken breast, dumped it in my ziploc bag and shook it up. Remove the chicken from the pan once it’s done so that it’s not sitting in any excess grease. If you find it a touch greasy, place on a plate on some paper towel to soak up the grease.

three pieces of oven fried chicken on white plate with a number 1 note on plate

2. Flour, egg, flour. This way was also good. I dipped first in the flour mixture, then a beaten egg, and then again in the flour mixture. I did everything else according to the original recipe. I could tell right away that it had a thicker crumb, if that makes sense. After it was baked, I found it had larger chunks of coating, which gave it a nice texture. To be completely honest, the coating stuck really well, but not quite as good as the original because the coating was thicker and slightly heavier. You can see in the pictures though, that both were really well coated.

three pieces of oven fried chicken on white plate with a number two note on it
plate number one and plate number two side by side

3. The original recipe, broiled after baking. Still good. I broiled 2 minutes per side after the cooking time, and I found it not as juicy as the other pieces. I checked after 1 minute and found that not much had changed, so I did 2. I think if you’re going to broil it, you’ve got to be careful and reduce the original cooking time. The coating was maybe slightly crispier, but there wasn’t a really noticeable difference in my opinion.

three pieces of oven fried chicken on white plate with a number 3 note on it

4. Half panko. This was really good. I found it was somewhere in between #1 and #2. The panko gave it a nice texture without becoming crumbly and falling off, but mixing the panko with flour kept that original fried chicken texture.

three pieces of oven fried chicken with number four on plate

Overall thoughts:

There are so many different things that will affect your results, it’s hard to know what is going to work best for every person. The weight and colour of your baking sheet, the type of oil or butter you use, the thickness of your chicken, the temperature of your oven, the positioning of your rack, and the list goes on.

That said, I hope that this experiment has helped you to see the different methods available and pick one that you think will work best for you and get you the results you want.

If you are looking for a great oven-fried chicken recipe with a thin and not overwhelming breading, the original recipe is the way to go. If you’re looking for a little more texture, try adding some panko. If you’re looking for maximum breading, try the egg and the double dip.

four pieces of oven fried chicken on white plate with numbers one through four

Overall, they were all good, and not that different. I ate an embarrassing amount of “fried” chicken this morning, because they were all so good. And even after sitting out on the counter for 20 minutes, the texture didn’t really change. They didn’t get soggy and they were still totally irresistible. The seasoning is just out of this world good.

If you have any other questions or thoughts, I would love to hear about them!

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. mike says

    I really don’t care for the taste, texture and dryness of white meat (breast meat), I only eat dark meat (thighs) any suggestions on making this with thighs?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      If you use boneless, skinless chicken thighs I don’t think the method or cook time would change much. Just be sure it’s cooked through — thighs are smaller so they might cook more quickly.

  2. Natasha says

    I never comment on blogs but I have to tell you that my husband and I LOVE this recipe! I try to watch my carbs though so I swapped the flour for ground almonds and it was amazing! I also tried coconut flour but it was a lot drier. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Natasha! I’m so glad you liked it! It’s good to know that the almond were a good substitution but the coconut flour was not 🙂

  3. Kurt H. says

    I thought I had done something wrong but I had the same results. Not crispy. I decided to blame it on the fact the breasts were frozen previously and were just too filled with moisture. But I could be wrong. Believe it or not I have been wrong in the past a couple of times.

    • Ashley says

      It could be that there was still a lot of moisture in the chicken from it being frozen, but I use thawed frozen chicken breasts all the time. I would make sure they are completely thawed and that your oven temperature is high enough. You might even want to bump it up a bit if you aren’t using a dark pan.

  4. Vivian cotton says

    I tried this chicken recipe tonight. Was disappointed in my results. Mind did not look at all like picture and never got crispy. I used Regular pan no Teflon coating. Sprayed with pam and used 5 tbls of butter. Had five boneless skinless chicken breast cut into strips. Coating was soggy and never got crisp. Had more liquid when it was done than when I started.cooked about 15 minutes on each side. Where did I go wrong.

  5. Diane says

    I just wanted to say thanks for putting the extra effort into this. I’ve been making this chicken after finding it on Our Life Uncommon, and while I don’t have any problems with the recipe, I wouldn’t mind a little thicker of a breading. (We like the extra crispy chicken from KFC…) However, I also hate hate hate dipping in flour, then egg, then flour – it takes me years to make chicken that way. I’m SO happy to know I can just sub a little panko in there and get a similar result, so thank you ever so much for doing all the hard work for me. 🙂

  6. Caitlin says

    Yum! I had huge chicken breasts, so I made them into cutlets then cut each cutlet in 3 pieces. I let the chicken soak in buttermilk for 3 hours, then used your recipe with the flour/Panko mixture. It was tender, crunchy, and delicious! Plus none of the weird cartilage pieces you get in a lot of fast food tenders! Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe!!

  7. Nadia says

    Ça me semble délicieux!

    On va essayer ce soir.

    Je pense que ça pourrait être bon aussi de cette façon :
    1) flour
    2) egg
    3) Panko

    Thank you!

    • Ashley says

      I use Lawry’s seasoning salt. The ingredients doesn’t really say obviously, some garlic, onion, red pepper and not sure what else. Hope that helps!

      • Shelley says

        Hi Ashley! Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your experiment part of this recipe! It was very cool and certainly interesting! Thank you!
        BTW, I made this today and #1 was PERFECT 🙂

      • Ashley says

        Thanks Shelley! I try my best to help everyone get the same results I’ve had with recipes 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

  8. Kurt H. says

    I live in a foreign country where seasoned salt is not available. Can you tell me how to make my own from basic ingredients?

  9. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    I can see why everyone loves this recipe though! It looks awesome and I love that I can have crispy fried chicken without all the work of actually frying. 😀

  10. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    Oh Ashley, this looks perfect! Thanks so much for all the experimenting – it looks so crispy and delicious! Love that it’s made in the oven too – it looks so crispy and amazing! Awesome awesome recipe and I can’t wait tot make this!

  11. Amy | Club Narwhal says

    However you make this oven friend chicken, it looks like a winner to me! KFC is maybe my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures so the idea of having similar flavors while baking it is blowing my mind with awesome 🙂

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