The Crispiest Oven-fried Chicken Recipe Ever (It's Legit) by Donna John

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a month ago
The Crispiest Oven-fried Chicken Recipe Ever (It's Legit)

My grandma made the best fried chicken. You know, the kind fried in lard that tastes like heaven? I could never master her techniques, but found a super-crunchy, oven-baked panko chicken recipe my family loves.

The seasoned panko makes a crispy, flavorful crust on this baked chicken recipe. I like to make this chicken recipe in a cast iron skillet, because it helps make the chicken even crispier.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs or thighs, or a combination
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, for drizzling 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the butter in a  cast iron skillet or oven-proof skillet and pop it into a preheated 425-degree F oven to melt while you get the batter station ready. Put the eggs and water in one bowl and panko and remaining ingredients except olive oil in another bowl.
  2. Dip the chicken in the egg wash and then roll in the crumb mixture, pressing so it sticks to the skin. Remove the pan from the oven and place the breaded chicken into it. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how big your chicken pieces are, turning once.

Note: Dried Italian seasoning could be used in place of the dried basil and oregano.

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
I can almost smell this chicken, wow. I want a piece right now, Donna John ! Love the photos. I think I can actually do this, thanks!
Donna John
It's so crunchy and has lots of flavor. I like it done with legs and thighs, and usually do a combination because I can't decide.
Candy Stephens
Breast for me, but the coating sounds delicious!! Wonder how it would do in an AIR FRYER ;)
Donna John
AIR FRYER???? lol We need to meet up and make that kitchen appliance switch. :-)
Donna John
Need to make this again soon. So good!
Donna John
My stomach has been growling since seeing this recipe again. I've got some legs in the freezer, so think it may have to happen. Not only is this chicken super crispy, it's very flavorful because of the seasonings and parmesan. If you try it, be sure to leave a note here (and snap a photo!).
Cassiday
This. Looks. So. Good. 😋
Jennifer Coken
I think this would be a great recipe for cod as well. I did something similar with coconut but WAY over seasoned it. Thank you for this!
Donna John
Yeah! Great idea. I love cod. I'm making this chicken tonight.
Rosseyes
Do you recommend thighs and legs or can you use chicken wings and chicken breasts looks delicious let me know which is better thanks
Donna John
Use whatever chicken you enjoy. Just watch the cooking times because breasts tend to take longer and wings take less time.
RTSE
OMG!!!! The oven-fried chicken recipe was absolutely delish! I think I'll try it out on some friends this weekend by having them over for dinner. So easy and quick. Thank you!
Donna John
I am so glad you enjoyed it! It's one of my favorite recipes. :-) RTSE
teddy williams
Hi! This seems like a very easy recipe. However I am wondering one thing. Are we essentially deep frying it and baking it at the same time? How much oil is on the bottom of the chicken? Would that be a good idea to deep fry and bake at the same time? Thank you
Donna John
Yes, you are "frying" and baking it at the same time, which results in a super crispy chicken. It's delicious!

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