The Best Oven-Fried Chicken Recipes
When you love fried chicken but just aren't feeling the mess (or the worry of splattering hot oil), try one of these delicious alternatives.
This irresistible, unfussy recipe from Philia Kelnhofer's new Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes
has you soak chicken tenders in whole milk for 20 minutes, then coat them in a mixture of crushed cornflakes, paprika, salt and pepper. You drizzle melted butter over the coated chicken, then bake for 20 minutes. Golden, tender chicken on a busy weeknight? Sign us up.
Get the recipe: "Unfried" Cornflake Chicken
If you haven't tried breading foods in rice flour, prepare to be amazed. The gluten-free ingredient has a lighter texture than wheat flour, and dredging chicken drumsticks, thighs and breasts in it results in a supercrispy crust. This recipe also incorporates an additional coating of corn-cereal flakes and cracker crumbs, so the crunch factor is off the charts.
Get the recipe: Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken
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Brining (aka soaking meat in cold, salted water prior to cooking) is a technique you can use before roasting, grilling or other methods—but it's especially helpful when oven-frying chicken breasts, which can dry out easily. After the brine, you dip the chicken in buttermilk and seasoned bread crumbs, then cook it on a sheet you've preheated, so it sizzles when it makes contact. The result: deeply flavored meat that's also superjuicy.
Get the recipe: Oven (Tastes Like Southern) Fried Chicken