Thursday, January 12, 2012

Make and Bake Chicken

Being a life-long suburban Yankee, not a whole lot gets breaded and fried in my kitchen.

Don't think for a second I believe breaded and fried to be unhealthy!  Good lard in a big pot just begs to have something dropped in and turned golden.  I love fried chicken.  I love southern people who make delicious, home made fried chicken.

Anyway, remember Shake n' Bake from the 70s?  Sometime back then, my mom found this recipe for a home made version, which tastes better and is better for you.  It's baked in the oven, which means no mess, and the chicken gets golden and crispy and juicy and perfect.


You probably have all the ingredients and equipment - plastic bag, rimmed baking sheet, oven.

And you might as well make some biscuits to go with it.

Make and Bake Chicken


1 whole chicken (bone in, skin on), cut up, or 8 of your favorite pieces
1/4 cup olive or grapeseed oil
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the chicken pieces in the oil to coat, making sure there's oil on the sheet as well.

In a plastic bag, combine dry ingredients.  One at a time, place the chicken in the bag and shake to coat.  Place back on the baking sheet, non-skin-side down first.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, turn chicken to skin-side down and bake for 20 more minutes.  Test temperature of thigh meat to ensure it's fully cooked.

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