The BEST Oven-Fried Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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This easy Oven-Fried Chicken turns out perfectly crispy and juicy every time! The special seasoning blend tastes just like KFC, but it’s made with wholesome ingredients in your own kitchen.

crispy oven fried chicken on a plate lined with parchment paper.

This recipe has been updated and republished since its original debut in 2014.

Perfectly Crispy “Fried” Chicken in the Oven

I seriously love chicken.

Whether it’s One Pot Chicken Lo Mein, Caprese Chicken and Rice, or this simple Slow Cooker Chicken Breast… you name it, we love it.

This year, since I really got into using my Instant Pot, I’ve been especially enjoying making chicken breasts in there (check out my tutorial on how to cook chicken breasts from frozen!). But one thing the Instant Pot cannot do is produce crispy, oven-fried chicken.

And that’s why we’re here 🙂

This oven-fried chicken breast recipe is perfectly crispy and juicy, without fail. It captures that KFC, special-herbs-and-spices flavour, without all of the deep frying and processed ingredients that go into the fast-food version.

Most of all, this is a recipe our family loves, and that we make over and over again. The last time I made it, it got rave reviews from our newest taste tester: our 10-month-old daughter! I know it’s a good one when she bounces up and down in her high chair, saying, “Mmm, mmm, mmm!” (and becoming upset when it’s not on her tray fast enough).

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What You’ll Need to Make Oven Fried Chicken

For this recipe, I use chicken breast, but you could substitute chicken thighs, chicken tenders, chicken wings, or even legs. The seasonings and crispy coating are always delicious! Just remember that the cooking time will vary according to the cut of chicken.

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  • Chicken Breast: One batch of this recipe makes about 3-4 chicken breasts, or around one and a half pounds, cut into strips. One chicken breast equals about three strips, the way I cut them.
  • Buttermilk (optional): you can soak your chicken in buttermilk to help the coating stick more.
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter is fine.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour, or you could use gluten-free flour if you prefer.
  • Panko: Panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a crunchy, crispy coating. Original or pork rind panko are fine.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Seasoned Salt: This versatile seasoning goes with everything! I use Lawry’s brand.
  • Paprika: Made from dried, ground peppers, paprika isn’t spicy, but it adds depth of flavor, a slight sweetness, and lots of colour.

How to Make Oven Fried Chicken

Depending on the size and thickness of your chicken pieces, you may need to adjust the cooking time, so always check your chicken for doneness before diving in. The safest way to do this is with a meat thermometer. The chicken should reach 165°F in the thickest part.

  1. Get the Oven and Baking Sheet Ready. To get started, preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet (10×15) with parchment paper, and brush the butter over the surface of the parchment. It might seem like a lot of butter, but that’s fine. It will help to crisp up the chicken coating!
  2. Bread the Chicken Breast Pieces. Soak the chicken in buttermilk (you can skip this step if you like, but it helps the coating to stick!). Combine the flour, panko, seasoned salt, salt and pepper, and paprika in a large paper or zip-top bag. Add the chicken to the bag, and shake the bag to coat the chicken pieces. 
  3. Bake. Place your chicken on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a space between each strip. Bake the chicken for 10 minutes, flip carefully with a spatula, and bake for another 10 minutes. (Note: if the parchment is dry when you flip the chicken, add a drizzle of oil, to the to ensure the bottom pieces of chicken get crispy.)
  4. Check for Doneness. Check to make sure your chicken is cooked (165°F), as the thickness can greatly affect baking time. You want it to be done, but not overdone and dry. If it’s not yet up to temperature, bake for another 4-5 minutes at a time, until it’s cooked through

Why is my baked chicken not crispy?

While baking chicken isn’t always known for crispy results, this recipe really does deliver a crispy “fried” main course right out of the oven! Still, I wanted to add some tips that might help, if you find that your chicken is not as crispy as you’d like.

  • Use Dark, Non-Stick Pans. Dark pans heat to a higher temperature than light-colored pans, which will help with getting a crispy coating.
  • Use Moist Chicken. I keep my chicken breasts in the freezer, and then thaw them in the fridge. So they’re quite moist when it’s time for me to bread them, and a lot of the coating sticks to them easily. If you’re working with fresh chicken breasts, you’ll want to soak them in milk first (or buttermilk, which adds great flavour!).
  • Use Butter, Not Cooking Spray. I know you might be tempted to bake the chicken with cooking spray instead of butter, but unfortunately, this just doesn’t work as well. The fat in real butter makes a lot of difference in crisping up the chicken! If you need a healthier substitute, try margarine or reduced calorie margarine.
  • Watch the Parchment: When you flip the chicken, you may find that the parchment paper is a little dry. I recommend drizzling more butter or oil onto the parchment to help crisp up the bottom of the chicken as it cooks.
  • Serve with Care: As the chicken sits on a plate, the underside may get a little soggy from condensation. Therefore, I recommend serving immediately. If you’re not serving right away, place the chicken on a rack, a plate lined with paper towel, or just keep it warm in a 225°F oven.
close up image of oven fried chicken piece on a fork.

Can I make this ahead?

Yes! You can make the breading mixture and bread the chicken pieces, and then “flash freeze” them on a tray in the freezer until frozen solid.

From there, transfer the breaded frozen chicken to freezer bags, and keep for up to 3 months frozen. There’s no need to thaw them before baking, but you will need to add more cook time (around 2 to 5 additional minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken).

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving oven-fried chicken breast, I like to go with classic, comforting sides. Here are some of our family favorites:

  • Glazed Carrots: These simple Honey Glazed Carrots are made with honey, brown sugar, butter, and garlic. They add a sweet touch to the dinner table, and go perfectly with crispy, well-seasoned chicken.
  • Mashed Potatoes: These easy, creamy mashed potatoes come together in the slow cooker, which makes them almost completely hands-off! Try Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes once, and you may just find yourself making them every week! (Looking for something even more indulgent? Try my Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes)
  • Baked Beans: A beloved potluck favourite, sweet and savory Instant Pot Baked Beans come together quickly, but taste like they simmered all day.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

To refrigerate leftover chicken, allow it to cool on a wire rack or paper-towel-lined plate. Then transfer the cooled pieces into shallow, airtight containers. Store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

To freeze, place the chicken in a single layer on a tray in the freezer, until frozen solid. Then transfer the frozen pieces to freezer bags, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat oven-fried chicken, place chicken pieces on a wire rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 250 degrees just until heated through.

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The Best Oven-Fried Chicken

4.85 from 439 votes
This easy Oven-Fried Chicken turns out perfectly crispy and juicy every time! The special seasoning blend tastes just like KFC, but it's made with wholesome ingredients in your own kitchen.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 376cal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (about 3-4) cut in strips — I get about 3 out of one breast
  • 1 cup buttermilk (optional)
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt I use Lawry’s
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • Cut chicken breasts into thick strips and soak in buttermilk.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a large piece of parchment paper on the rimmed baking sheet (10×15) and brush butter over the parchment. It might seem like too much butter, but you need it to crisp up the coating!
  • Combine flour, Panko, seasoning salt, paprika and pepper in a large zip-top bag. Add the chicken and shake to coat **
  • Place your chicken on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a space between each strip. Bake 10 minutes, flip gently with a spatula, and bake another 10 minutes. (If the pan is dry when you flip the chicken, add a drizzle of oil to ensure the bottom crisps as well)
  • Be sure to check to make sure your chicken is cooked (165°F), as the thickness can greatly affect baking time. You want it to be done but not overdone and dry. Bake another 4-5 minutes if needed.
  • Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to soak up any excess grease. Serve immediately. To keep warm until serving, place on a wire rack on a baking sheet in a 225°F oven.

Notes

*Nutrition information is estimated and will depend on exact serving size, brands and products used. Calorie count includes all flour and bread crumbs, so it will be less if there is coating mixture left over.
** OPTIONAL: For extra crispiness, do a double coat — simply dunk coated chicken in a little bit of milk or buttermilk, and coat once again in the flour mixture. You would need extra coating mixture for this step.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 376cal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1508mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords baked breaded chicken, baked crispy chicken, baked fried chicken

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  1. Betsy says

    How have I not heard of soaking in buttermilk before? This was spectacular. I do have a couple of questions, tho. My batter did not get crispy. It was still delicious, but do I have to worry that it’s not cooked enough? Should I have gotten rid of more buttermilk on the chicken prior to coating with breading? Also, there were dry spots of batter on the chicken after cooking. Again, do I have to worry about possibly uncooked chicken juice in those little dry areas? I was thinking I might spray a bit of olive oil on them and broil a bit. Would appreciate your input.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Betsy! If you are worried about undercooked chicken, I would just use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Let me know how spraying them goes!

  2. Kira says

    Its a family favorite at our house! My kids always ask for it for their birthday meal! I do the double breading and it turns out so good every time! I always recommend this to people when they are looking for a new meal idea! Thank you!!

  3. Barb says

    This is my new favourite way to prepare chicken! The best! I made your garlic mashed potatoes to go with it and it made for a great meal! Thanks for sharing your recipes and all your helpful tips!

  4. Carrie Berg says

    this was so good. it came out perfectly and so much flavor. I used a smoked paprika with hot chili powder and garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley snd salt instead of the season salt. everyone loved it

  5. Dalia says

    Just made this last night for dinner and it was sooooooo tasty!!! Will definitely be making it again in the future! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. Maran says

    I made this last week and it was delicious! I used a whole cut up chicken, skin on and it took about 45-50 minutes to bake. I didn’t have milk and I thought the breading looked dry, so I ended up shaking the chicken in the breading, basting the chicken pieces with melted butter, then re-shook in the bag of breading. The butter melted into all the breading and made for a crispy delicious coating.

  7. Kim T says

    Winner Winner Chicken for dinner!
    This was delicious and hit the spit for fried chicken. Thank you so much for an easy delicious and fast recipe. Perfect for a Sunday Lunch!

  8. Trina says

    I tried this last week and it was the best non fried chicken I have made. Making it again tonight. Thank you for your recipe.

  9. Debra S May says

    I made this. It was the first time I have made oven-fried chicken that tastes just like labor-intensive pan-fried chicken, according to the family. I think it is the butter that does it. I had chicken with the bone in, so it took quite a bit longer, about an hour, flipping it halfway through. That freed my time to peel potatoes and get the rest of the meal on. I’m vegetarian and don’t eat meat, but I have to fix it for the rest of the family. I am going to by some extra firm Tofu sometime and try this seasoning on it to see how it does. I bet it will be fine.

  10. Julie says

    Made this recipe tonight with bone in chicken thighs and added 10 minutes to the cooking time. OMG! Amazing!!! I’m not a very skilled cook. My husband loved it so much he wants to eat this the rest of the week. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Rogan says

      The 10 minutes on either side unfortunately isn’t working for me and I followed every letter to the T and they look pale and not crispy at all. I will ask, how long to buttermilk soak? It does not say a time. When I marinate to fry I usually do atleast 2 hours of buttermilk soak but I opted not to since it stated it was not optional and had no time frame. Help! I would love to try this recipe again but I don’t know where it went wrong

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Rogan, you are marinating it while you get the recipe of the ingredients ready. Also how long it’s marinated won’t affect the color. That would be based on the baking process. All ovens are different so you might need to just bake them a little longer or try a different rack. Hope this helps!

  11. Judy Gay says

    This was the best oven fried chicken. I will not deep fry chicken again.
    I will add more flavors next time like a little garlic powder, onion powder and celery salt.
    I also mixed a little olive oil with the butter and it crisped up wonderful.

    Thanks so much, Judy

  12. Helen says

    My husband and I loved this chicken recipe. He doesn’t like chicken but this was a hit.Will make this our favorite go to from now on for us and family.Thankyou so much ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Sandi Kellman says

    I did mine with chicken breast cut into pieces. I dipped in milk first and for whatever reason they did not come out crunchy. I turned them over after 10 minutes. They were all about 167, but they were still moist. I don’t know what I did wrong I followed your recipe to a tea. The only thing it might’ve been was I didn’t have a rimmed cookie sheet I only had to use a roasting pan. They never got very dry. Just not crispy at all.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Sandi, a few things. Check you ovens internal temperature to make sure it is cooking at the right temperature. Also when you flipped them was the parchment paper dried? It might needed a little more butter.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Diane! Seasoning salt is normally a combination of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Hope this helps!

    • Carrie Berg says

      i used garlic powder, onion powder and parsley, regular salt and pepper and i have a smoked paprika with hot chili powder. it was do good

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