Spicy Oven Fried Chicken

by jerseygirl on March 7, 2012 · 22 comments

My family loves fried chicken. They think there is nothing better than picking up a nice greasy bucket of chicken from a fast food joint. In fact, that has been the kids’ birthday dinner choices for more times than I care to admit. I, on the other hand, am not so happy with the sluggishness and heartburn after eating a few pieces of fried chicken. Now don’t get me wrong. I can put down a few pieces like the rest of them but I really could do without the after effects and extra calories.

A few years back, I was reading my friend, Julie’s blog and came up with a way to make everyone happy.  She created this great recipe for oven baked fried chicken. I have made this recipe so many times and decided to slightly adapt it to my family’s taste. I changed some of the seasonings and added extra coating. I can never get enough of the crispy spicy coating. I also make mine by removing the skin. It gets rid of a few calories and the coating is so good that no one misses it.

This recipe is definitely a little more work than I can handle if we have a busy night of sports  practices.  But it can be made in advance and reheated. My husband loves to eat it cold too. It is definitely worth the extra work. There will be no more fast food for birthdays at my house!

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Spicy Oven Fried Chicken
Recipe type: Main - Chicken
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Serves: 6
This oven chicken is better than fried!
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 12 chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks) on bones, skin removed
  • 1½ cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  1. In a large casserole dish, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, curry, hot sauce, garlic and 2 teaspoons salt to blend well. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day, turning occasionally.
  2. Place racks on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and spray the racks with nonstick spray. In a large baking dish, whisk the Panko, cheese, flour, thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess to drip off. Add the chicken to the breadcrumb mixture and turn to coat completely. Arrange the chicken on the racks on the baking sheets. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees and place oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Bake the chicken until crisp, golden, and cooked through, about 55 minutes, switching positions of the trays halfway through.



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claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Healthier baked and we love chicken so this would be on the top of the list for must trys with that spicy coating yum!


Kate March 8, 2012 at 6:13 am

We had oven fried chicken last week. I really think the rack is the key to the extra crispness.


Carrie's Experimental Kitchen March 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

Had to pop on over to see your chicken too and it looks phenomenal! 🙂


Ramona March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

I like these kind of recipes. Trying not to fry things right now.

My mean ol Dr. told me I was too fat….the nerve of the guy!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Sorry to hear about your Nana, Lisa! I love fried chicken, but oven-crisped is so much healthier. When it’s filled with good flavors like this, no one misses the fat!! I love cooking with panko!!


Rach March 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Oh wow, this looks so good! I love oven “fried” chicken! Always so tasty and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

This chicken looks so crisp and tender, Lisa! What a lovely and easy recipe. My husband would enjoy this so much, and I would too!


Pam March 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

It looks crispy and delicious without all the guilt! Bookmarked.


patsy March 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I love that this is a flavorful, lightened version of fried chicken!


Deborah March 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

Oooh, I love the spicy twist to this!


Robin March 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

That is a good alternative to a big greasy bucket of KFC (which my kids would get in a heartbeat if I would let them).


teresa March 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

oh i can’t wait to try this, we love fried chicken!


Amanda March 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Oh yum! You got me at spicy oven fried! Who can resist?


Mary March 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Who can resist crisp delcious and good for you all on one plate. Very nice! Have a great day. Blessings…Mary


Wendy L. Kirby March 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

We eat so much chicken in our house. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This sounds like a great meal for dinner. I like that it is chicken on the bone. Cheaper than boneless and on the bone always has more flavor.


Liz March 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Oh, yeah…this sounds delectable. And I hate the mess of deep frying chicken…this is much more doable! YUM.


Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet March 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I made something similar tonight! I should have added hot sauce, good idea!


Cookin' Canuck March 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I used to have an oven-fried chicken recipe that we loved, but I have no idea where it is. This one looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it out on my family.


Krista March 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

That looks great! At least once a year we gotta have some greasy fried chicken. Good to know we can enjoy this version year round!


marla March 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

Love that these are oven fried – bet this chicken has great flavor!


Shelby March 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Yummy! I also love there is curry powder in there! 🙂


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