Better-than-KFC Baked Oven Fried Chicken

Better-than-KFC Baked Oven Fried Chicken – You’ll never want takeout fried chicken again!

Baked Oven Fried Chicken

While we don’t eat a ton of baked oven fried chicken, there are just those days when all you want is some finger lickin’ good chicken

This recipe will definitely satisfy those cravings – though, be warned, you might be tempted to make it even more frequently.

Over the years, I’ve tested this recipe time and time again, and I finally feel as if I’ve gotten it down to an art. For the best crispy oven fried chicken, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use chicken thighs – these yield FAR better results than does chicken breast. I think the chicken stays juicier
  • Rice Flour – this is a tip I learned from “Help our Yelp.” Rice flour can help make your fried chicken just a little crispier and more delicious. You can still be successful with all purpose flour…but the rice flour is worth getting.
  • Broil if needed – I think over the years, the biggest complaint that comes from this recipe is that it can get a bit soggy. This does happen on occasion. I usually find it happens to the side of the chicken that is facing the butter for the last half of the baking time. To combat this, you can flip it over after the 40 minutes is up – put the oven on broil for 30 seconds to 1 minute – watching it carefully. It can really help to crisp it up just a little bit more.

Baked Oven Fried Chicken

This recipe really is so simple – it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients or a ton of skill. I think it’s one that just about anyone can enjoy and make.

When we most recently made it, Forrest couldn’t stop talking about how perfectly the chicken was cooked inside. I totally agreed! This was due to using the chicken thighs – another way to make sure your chicken stays juicy and not dry is to use an oven thermometer.

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Baked Oven Fried Chicken

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Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think. It’s one our entire family really loves!

Better-than-KFC Oven Fried Chicken
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3-4 chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Season All
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1.5 cup milk
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  1. Soak chicken thighs in milk for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a 9x13 baking dish, slice the butter into about 8-10 pieces and place around dish. Melt in oven while other steps are completed.
  4. In a large bowl, place flour, season all, pepper, and paprika and mix with a wooden spoon. Take each piece of chicken and shake off excess milk, and dip into flour mixture. Flip it until it's covered in the mixture. Place each piece of chicken in prepared baking dish, making sure not to overlap pieces.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, then flip each piece. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Cut into a few pieces to ensure they are cooked thoroughly, and the juices run clear. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
  6. If one side seems soggy, place under broil for 30 seconds to a minute - watching carefully.

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  • Just 2 questions;- You soak in milk when most sites call for buttermilk. Have you tried both and found milk to be superior?- Have you ever tried white pepper in this dish instead of black?Thanks - will be making this tomorrow!
    • Hi! I haven't actually tried buttermilk. Milk always works well for us - but I'm sure buttermilk would be fine. :) I've never tried white pepper, either. Let me know if you do - I can't imagine it would hurt the recipe :)
  • The easiest, most delicious chicken ever. I did 3 split bone in breast and 5 chicken legs. Added more almond milk. I cooked both sides for 30 minutes. Very juicy!!!
  • Found this recipe through Pinterest! Prepping to make it tonight, but I'm VERY new to cooking in general. What kind of dish should I use? (I don't think I can put any of my pans in to the oven) I have glass, dark metal and I grabbed 2 of the disposable aluminum 'roaster' pans. I have the chicken soaking in butter milk right now, in the two disposables. (Which was suggested in the comments of the recipe site that links to this page) I really want this to turn out well! If I cook them in the two pans, how much butter should I use in each?
    • Hi! If you use two pans, but you aren't doubling the recipe, I would just divide the butter among the two - maybe add just a little bit more to each. I always use a glass baking dish like this: you look on the bottom of your pans it should say if they are oven safe, but if you aren't sure, the aluminum pans should be fine!I hope it turns out well!
  • Why do you think that the chicken would end up soggy? maybe too much butter or was there too much milk left on the chicken before dipping? I am going to try this cuz I love KFC flavor but my husband doesn't like the greasiness of it and baking sounds great
    • I would say if someone had too much milk left on the chicken it would be the main cause of it being extra soggy. Ours always turns out nice and crispy (just made it a few sundays ago for a big family dinner. It was delicious!)
    • Hmm that's very strange - I just ran a malware check and there doesn't appear to be any viruses on my computer. I know sometimes that will pop up if there's a virus in the browser you are using (and makes it look like it's the website.) I"ll be putting some extra security in place, just in case!
  • This recipe is great and absolutely delicious, my 7 year old loves that we can have a healthy KFC at home! I sometimes add some Tabasco to the chicken before I dip it in to the flour mix and add a bit of cayenne pepper to the mix to just to add a spice, lovely thanks for the inspiration :)
  • I was really excited about this, but all I got was a bunch of soggy chicken with half the breading peeled off... I'll try it again, with less butter, but I was pretty disappointed.
    • Hi Debra -- it is a seasoned salt. This is the kind I buy:
  • Yum, thanks! This looks delicious and simple - exactly my type of recipe. I will definitely be trying this!

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