Seasoned Oven Baked Chicken Pieces

Seasoned Oven Baked Chicken
The Spruce
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
807 Calories
67g Fat
16g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 807
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 67g 86%
Saturated Fat 34g 172%
Cholesterol 227mg 76%
Sodium 1040mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 35g
Calcium 83mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The distinction between roasting a whole chicken versus baking the pieces is important for this recipe. With a roasted chicken, you're looking to elevate the bird as much as possible - using a roasting pan with a rack. That way it's the hot, dry air of the oven that cooks it, producing a beautiful crispy skin while the meat stays juicy. With baked chicken, you cook it at a lower temperature than a roasted chicken, shooting for 375 F.

Since the chicken is cut up, and the pieces lie flat in a baking dish, the dish is conducting heat directly into the bottom half of the chicken, which is different than air. You get the sizzling fat on the bottom, for one thing, making it wonderfully crackly underneath. Thus, a chicken prepared in this manner is midway between roasting and braising. Or maybe not quite midway. Forty percent, let's say. 

Another difference is that a baked chicken is typically dredged in seasoned flour before cooking, which we don't do when roasting a whole bird.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large fryer chicken (cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  3. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and other seasonings in a shallow dish.

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  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

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  5. Working one piece at a time, dredge each piece of chicken in the flour and dip it in the melted butter.

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  6. Transfer to a baking dish skin-side-up.

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  7. Bake for about an hour or until the juices run clear and the chicken is nicely browned and cooked all the way through.

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  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • When dredging, if you use your hands versus tongs, the goal is to use one hand only for handling the items when they're dry - before they go into the butter - and your other hand will be your "wet" hand - for transferring buttered items into the flour and then onto the finished tray. If you get the hands switched around, you'll end up with a gummy mess.