Make chicken like the Colonel with this KFC-inspired Oven Fried Chicken recipe! The chicken is baked in the oven but comes out crispy and juicy like fried chicken.
Oven Fried Chicken
This recipe is the best thing to make when you are craving that famous KFC flavor but don’t necessarily want to bust out the deep fryer. This is a simple recipe that your family will ask for again and again—it’s on a weekly rotation at our house!
I wish I could take credit for this oven fried chicken recipe because it is simply DELICIOUS! While I did make some adjustments, I originally found the recipe on this blog (via Pinterest, of course!).
What Sides Go with Oven Fried Chicken?
There are so many things that go great with this baked fried chicken. If you want to go for that classic KFC meal, you definitely need to make this KFC coleslaw recipe – it’s a dupe for the one at the restaurant and it is seriously the best!
This crispy baked chicken would also work well with mashed potatoes, but for a fun twist try our baked potato wedges or parmesan baked potato halves. While you are cooking, let your slow cooker make a side of creamed corn for you, and you are all set for dinner.
How to Make Oven Fried Chicken More Crispy
That classic KFC chicken has an irresistible flavor and that perfect crisp. This oven fried chicken definitely nails the flavor, but because it is baked instead of fried, there are a few tricks to make it a bit more crispy.
Experiment by double-coating the chicken before baking or adding a handful or two of panko bread crumbs to the seasoning mix for extra crunch.
Tips and FAQs about This Recipe
We’ve gotten quite a few questions about this baked fried chicken. Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions—be sure to leave yours in the comments if it isn’t answered here.
What can I substitute for buttermilk?
Don’t have buttermilk on hand? No problem! This easy substitution is the perfect way to make some quick.
Simply stir in 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to 1 cup milk, let it sit for about 5 min and the milk will be soured and ready to use in place of buttermilk. Also – did you know we have a whole page devoted to substitutions?
Can I make this oven fried chicken with legs or thighs instead of breasts?
If you are a dark meat fan, you can definitely make this recipe too. You can easily sub in whichever cut of chicken you’d like instead of the breast with no changes necessary to the recipe.
How do I double coat the chicken?
Double coating is a great way to make this chicken extra crispy. To do so, dip the chicken in buttermilk and then crumbs as normal. Then, repeat! Dip back in the buttermilk and coat it in the crumbs again.
Can I fry this recipe?
If you prefer to fry instead of bake this chicken, you can certainly do so. Dip into the mixture as normal, but instead of baking, fry for 7 minutes or so per side until done.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Parts of this recipe can be made ahead of time. The chicken actually tastes best when it has had a chance to soak for several hours in the buttermilk. However, once it is baked, the oven fried chicken tastes best fresh.
Oven Fried Chicken
- Conventional Oven
- Cut each chicken breast in half. If you prefer chicken strips, you can also cut them into strips.
- Place chicken pieces in a large resealable bag and cover with buttermilk. Seal bag tightly, squeezing out all the air. Marinate chicken for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan or 11×17 pan with cooking spray then cut up the butter into pieces and place around the bottom of the pan. This keeps the chicken from sticking to the pan.
- Place the pan in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until the butter is melted and HOT.
- While butter is melting in the oven, combine seasoning salt, pepper, flour, and paprika in a shallow dish or pie plate. Set aside.
- Remove the pan from oven and spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan.
- Shake excess buttermilk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix.
- Place each coated piece of chicken in the pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and carefully turn each piece of chicken over. Continue baking for 15-20 more minutes, or until cooked through.