4-Ingredient Garlic Mayo Baked Chicken Recipe Is a Double Threat: Moist & Crispy by Donna John

4-Ingredient Garlic Mayo Baked Chicken Recipe Is a Double Threat: Moist & Crispy

This butterflied chicken recipe was the inspiration for these crispy chicken legs. If mayonnaise can make a whole butterflied chicken moist, imagine what it can do for bone-in chicken parts. This crispy panko-crusted baked chicken recipe was a success! Juicy, moist and super crispy on the outside. It was a dinner homerun.

Garlic powder was my seasoning of choice, but you could use whatever seasoning you enjoy. Smoked paprika, seasoned salt, dried herbs or even Indian seasonings would work. Serve this crunchy chicken with your favorite side dishes.

Fun Fact: While most of us think of mayonnaise as an American food, it originated in Europe. Many believe mayonnaise was invented in 1756 in France by a French chef. The Spanish, however, claim they invented the sauce and the French stole it. I'm staying out of that one!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Servings: varies


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Recipe Notes

  • Internal temperature should register 165 degrees F for chicken to be safe to it. 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the mayonnaise into a small bowl and the panko into another small bowl. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste.
  2. If using chicken legs, liberally rub mayonnaise all over the leg, then coat completely with the panko. Put into an ovenproof skillet or baking pan. If using thighs, you can put them into the baking pan and rub about 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise over the top of each, then liberally sprinkle with the panko.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

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Mayonnaise $3 & Up
Panko $2 & Up
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I’m intrigued by the mayo. Great idea to keep the chicken moist.
Fried chicken is such a fan favorite. Love this recipe!
Loved this! Easy to make, flavorful, and juicy.

Used bone-in, skin on chicken thighs. Cooked in a foil lined jelly roll pan.

I can't get over how tasty this was. Will definitely make again!
Donna John
So happy to hear that!

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