Southern Oven Fried Chicken

Southern Oven-Fried Chicken
The Spruce
Ratings (385)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
267 Calories
19g Fat
18g Carbs
6g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple and lighter fried chicken is coated with a seasoned flour mixture and then it's baked to perfection. Butter is melted in the baking pan and then the chicken is added to the hot pan, creating a flavorful, crispy coating. Depending on the size of your family, feel free to reduce or increase the amount of chicken and breading.

Use a budget-friendly cut-up chicken in this recipe or use your family's favorite pieces. It's excellent with whole chicken legs or thighs. Use a food thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. The minimum safe temperature for chicken is 165 F (74 C).

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken parts (with skin or without)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C/Gas 7).

  2. In a pie plate or a wide, shallow bowl combine flour, paprika, salt, and pepper.

  3. Put the chicken in the flour mixture, turning to coat thoroughly. Or combine the flour and seasonings in a paper bag or plastic food storage bag. Add chicken pieces a few at a time; shake gently to coat.

  4. Put butter in a shallow baking pan; place it in the preheated oven. When the butter has melted, arrange chicken in the baking pan in a single layer, skin side down.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes; turn and bake 15 minutes longer, or until chicken is tender and done (at least 165 F (73.9 C) on a food thermometer.*

Variations

  • Add a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese to the flour mixture for extra flavor and texture.

  • Add about 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the seasoned flour.

  • *According to food safety guidelines, chicken must be cooked to a temperature of at least 165 F (73.9 C).  Use a food thermometer designed for meat or poultry, and insert it into the thickest part of a piece of chicken, not touching bone or thigh. 

  • Serve the chicken with biscuits, baked or mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli or green beans