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The Best Oven Fried Chicken Recipe (Baked Fried Chicken)

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This is the BEST Oven Fried Chicken recipe! It comes crispy right out of the oven, is much lower in fat and made with lean chicken breast. It takes just like KFC but it’s baked instead of fried! Includes step by step recipe video.

crispy oven fried chicken on a plate lined with parchment paper and title in black text

I seriously love chicken.

I love chicken every way: in pasta, on the grill, in rice, in tacos, in cupcakes (say what?!)…. you name it, we love it.

Since I really got into using my Instant Pot at the beginning of the year, I especially love making chicken breasts in there (check out my tutorial on how to cook chicken breasts from frozen!).

But one thing it cannot do is crispy, oven fried chicken.

And that’s why we’re here 🙂

crispy oven fried chicken on a grey plate lined with parchment paper and one piece cut in half

Maybe this surprises you, but I can’t remember the last time I ate deep fried chicken.

Maybe for some of you that seems really sad.

It’s honestly not something I really long for, but what I do love about KFC is that incredible spice blend. This oven fried chicken is the closest I’ve ever come to KFC at home. It’s a recipe our family loves (and lots of you love!), and one 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 girl! 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.

How to Make Oven Fried Chicken:

This recipe is for oven fried chicken breast, and although you can use the same coating recipe for chicken thighs, chicken tenders, chicken wings or legs (do — it’s delicious!), the cook time will vary according to the cut you use.

The cooking time will also depend on the size and thickness of your chicken, so be sure to always check to make sure your chicken is done before diving in. The safest way to do this is with a meat thermometer. You want to ensure the chicken has reached 165 degrees F in the thickest part.

three pieces of oven fried chicken on a grey plate lined with parchment paper sprinkled with parsley

How to get truly crispy Baked Fried Chicken!

I know some people have had issues with sogginess, so I wanted to follow the recipe exactly as written, once more, and make sure there are no issues with the recipe. We had no issues with the coating falling off or sogginess, so I wanted to add some tips that might help:

  • Use dark non-stick pans — this will help with getting a crispy coating as they heat to a higher temperature than light coloured pans.
  • I keep my chicken breasts in the freezer, then thaw them in the fridge. They are quite moist when I stick them in the bag with the coating, and I have no trouble getting it to stick. If you’re working with fresh chicken breasts, you’ll want to soak them in milk first (buttermilk adds great flavor!).
  • I know you might be tempted to bake the chicken with cooking spray instead of butter. This will not work as the coating needs some fat to make it crispy and golden brown. If you need a healthier substitute, try margarine or reduced calorie margarine.
  • I cook pretty much exactly 10 minutes per side. Again, check the internal temperature to be sure, but be sure not to overcook it or it will not be juicy!
  • As the chicken sits on a plate, the underside got a little soggy. Therefore I recommend serving immediately, and if it is going to be sitting on a plate for any length of time, lay it on some paper towel or place on a wire rack to keep it from getting soggy.
  • 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

4.7 from 49 votes
This is the BEST Oven Fried Chicken recipe! It comes crispy right out of the oven, is much lower in fat and made with lean chicken breast. It takes just like KFC but it’s baked instead of fried! Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 317cal

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts about 1lb, cut in strips (I get about 3 out of one breast)
  • 4-5 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt I use Lawry’s
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a large piece of parchment paper on the rimmed baking sheet (10x15x1″) and brush butter over top (there will be a little extra butter, but you need it to crisp up the coating!)
  • *NOTE: If you’re working with fresh chicken breasts, you will want to soak them for 15-30 minutes in milk or buttermilk before coating. This will help the coating to stick. I use frozen, thawed chicken breasts so they are already very moist on the outside.
  • Combine all ingredients besides chicken and butter in a large paper or ziploc bag. Add the chicken and shake to coat. 
  • OPTIONAL: For extra crispiness, do a double coat — simply dunk coated chicken in a little bit of buttermilk, and coat once again in the flour mixture. You would need extra coating mixture for this step
  • Place your chicken on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a space between each strip. Bake 10 minutes, flip gently with a pair of tongs, and bake another 10 minutes.
  • Be sure to check to make sure your chicken is cooked (165 degrees 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 degree 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 2290mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords baked chicken, chicken breast, crispy chicken, fried chicken breast

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  1. Pam Reis says

    Wow! My husband and daughter are the pickiest eaters ever! I didn’t make enough although I made one more than normal! Love, love this recipe! Thank you!

  2. Kofi Yankey says

    Hi Ashley,

    I used the recipe to make chicken thighs for the first time tonight, cooking it longer remembering that “bone-in” chicken takes longer. The thighs did come out crispy; one thing I did differently was that when I flipped them over, I brushed some of the leftover butter on top of them. Nice and crispy! Next time, I’ll try the recipe using chicken breast!😎
    Thank you!🤓

  3. Domesticdoll says

    My family loves this recipe but I have made a small change. I use chicken thighs and brown them in a cast iron skillet, still in butter then bake them. They come out crispy and amazing! Thank you.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      There won’t be much of a difference between the two, maybe a couple of minutes of cook time. The oven temperature in the video is an error, but even so, it won’t change the recipe.

  4. CASSY says

    This is one of my family’s favorites!! Recipe is easy to follow. I usually double the dry ingredients while I’m making it but put it in another ziplock to use for the next week, or whenever I want since the dry ingredients will stay good. My husband loves chicken thighs and it works great with this recipe. Keeper and highly recommended 👌

  5. Shannon G. says

    So tasty! Husband was a big fan also! I just didn’t pay attention that the batter was enough for 3 pounds of chicken, and I only had 1 (7 strips), so I wasted a lot of batter, but that was on me not reading 🙃

  6. Kacie D says

    This recipe was amazing! It is my go to now. I didn’t have any panko breadcrumbs so I made it with some Italian breadcrumbs that I had and it by far exceeded my expectations! Thank you!

  7. Natasha says

    The end result was awesome! It’s crispy outside, moist and tasty inside. My kids loved it so much.

  8. Lisalia says

    This was absolutely the BEST oven fried chicken. So moist and the perfect crunchy exterior. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

  9. Leo H says

    We made this tonight and it was wonderful. I’ve tried several oven fried chicken recipes and this was the best -BY FAR! Total time from start to eating was 40 min. We will definitely be making this again.

  10. Will says

    So so good!
    Am using chicken thighs which are super juicy and possibly the extra fat helps crisp up the coating 🙂
    Don’t have the seasoning salt here so am using paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, turmeric.
    Found it important to make a lot of the coating powder and not put too much chicken in the bag otherwise it turns into a soggy mess. Can individually coat of course using a bowl for the coating which yields perfect results.
    Enjoy!

  11. Angie says

    This recipe was a huge disappointment. I followed it to the letter, but the coating was soggy and stuck to our teeth. It became dark on the bottom but still wouldn’t crisp up. And if I wasn’t super careful, the coating would slide right off the chicken. 0/4 of my family liked it. I will NOT be making it again, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m sorry to hear that Angie! The coating will become soggy with sitting, but should be crispy and golden out of the oven. There are 516 reviews on this recipe and most have enjoyed it1 I’m sorry you didn’t feel the same.

  12. Kelly says

    My family loves these! They call them the “fancy tenders” and cannot get enough! I usually make a double batch so we can eat them the next day too. I highly recommend this recipe!

  13. Youko says

    I did this, but subbed out the milk for egg when I was double dipping my strips and butter with olive oil. Worked out pretty great!

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