Southern Oven Fried Chicken

Southern Oven-Fried Chicken
The Spruce
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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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).

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.*



  • 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
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 267
Total Fat 19 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Sodium 1,371 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)