Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

August 6, 2011

Fried chicken is a quintessential summertime picnic food, but when the colder months come around we still crave the crispy goodness of fried chicken. What we don't love are the calories! This oven baked "fried" chicken recipe comes out super crisp yet without all the added fat of a traditional deep-fried chicken. The trick to creating a nice crust on both sides of the chicken is to preheat the oven with a cookie sheet inside - getting that cookie sheet nice and hot! When you are ready to put the chicken in the oven, there will already be a heated surface to crisp the bottom side of the chicken.  

We love this dish any time of year served with the classic side dishes like coleslaw (try this creamy mayo-less recipe!) and potato salad! Try this Old Fashioned Potato Salad recipe.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken


1 Chicken- cut into pieces
2 teaspoons garlic pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Olive oil or cooking spray
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a baking pan, whisk together flour, garlic pepper, sugar and paprika. In a medium size bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, baking powder and baking soda until smooth.
Dip each piece of chicken into buttermilk mixture, shaking off excess. Roll in flour mixture and then dip into buttermilk followed by the flour mixture a second time. Place on the pre-heated baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray).
Bake about 50-55 minutes or until chicken is golden.

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Laura Taylor's picture

Sounds delish and it's easy, too! I'll make it tonight! I love the tip about the cookie sheet - thanks.

Tina's picture

The recipe says to preheat a cookie sheet in the oven so there will be a heated surface so the chicken will get a crisp bottom...do we put the pan we put the chicken on inside the oven on top of the preheated cookie sheet? I am confused as how to do this one.

Leah's picture

Put the breaded chicken directly on the heated cookie sheet. Hope this helps.

Tina's picture

Thank you Leah!

ruthie's picture

I'm only seeing an ingredient list. Where are the instructions? Cooking times and temp?

Leah's picture

To retrieve the recipe instructions, click on the link above the ingredient list. Sorry for the confusion.