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Baked Crunchy Chicken Recipe

Baked Crunchy Chicken Recipe

I have fixed this dish many times for company, and I've never had anyone fail to ask for the recipe. The leftovers—if there are any—are very good heated up in the microwave. —Elva Jean Criswell, Charleston, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, crushed
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • 1. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk. In another shallow bowl, combine the onions, cheese, bread crumbs, paprika, salt and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then roll in onion mixture.
  • 2. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until juices run clear. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 418 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.

Reviews for Baked Crunchy Chicken

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Mrs.JuneCleaver User ID: 7714446 248914
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"I made this last night. I make a lot of chicken recipes, and this one was SO good. I increased the pepper to 1/4 tsp, added 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and increased the melted butter to 1/2 cup. As did several other reviewers, I laid the chicken on a rack, which kept the bottoms from getting soggy. The only thing I would change is to increase the temperature to 375. Maybe it's just my oven, but at 350 the chicken wasn't quite done in 60 minutes and had to do a bit longer. Other than that, it was perfect. AND, it tastes great hot or cold - I could easily see this as picnic chicken."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 241533
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"I've tried many (baked & crunchy) chicken recipes, but this one is by far, the VERY BEST!! The chicken was very tasty & juicy, so I'll stick with this recipe. The only bread crumbs which I had on hand were 'whole wheat Panko bread crumbs', so I used 'em. If anything, they made the chicken even crunchier! Thanks Elva Jean, for the very best Baked chicken recipe ever!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 173040
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"Yummy and easy! This is a keeper!"

fishrgal User ID: 1182152 103868
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"I made this recipe exactly as written. It was delicious, my husband and daughter raved about it and the onions were the reason. The only thing I would do different is like Paul3303 said, use a rack and elevate the chicken. The tops were so crispy, but the bottoms were soggy. This is a keeper and I will make it many times after that one change."

Pdogg User ID: 7869241 160917
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"simply awesome!!"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 160914
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"This is one of the best of this type of oven-baked "fried" chicken recipes that I have ever tried - in fact, it may be the best. My husband gave it 5 stars! I think it is the French-fried onions that make the difference. Thanks for sharing!"

laurshay User ID: 6368444 100502
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014


MamawVal User ID: 7705358 209761
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Awesome recipe! I have also used this recipe on pork chops and fish. YUM!!"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 140933
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Very nice oven fried chicken. Substituted panko for bread crumbs w/ extra paprika. Cooked perfect in 55 min. Be careful to not over cook. White meat may need to be pulled out at 50 min."

Heather111484 User ID: 7549267 156772
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Sweet Baby Jesus this was great. My super picky eight year old loved it too! I make it with drumsticks and no parm. cheese. Yum yum yum."

Screes User ID: 7445100 112320
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Under cooked chicken can spoil the whole dinner. Recommend cooking another 15-20 min."

bablack User ID: 7199376 104414
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Very good! Let's just say there were no leftovers after I made this!"

UmmmmGood User ID: 6666340 209760
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"This is truly FABULOUS! It is the absolute BEST crunchy baked chicken ever. It is perfect every time...mouth-wateringly tender and moist yet deliciously crunchy. As soon as I tried it for the 1st time it became and remains my favorite and is a recipe everyone asks for."

jlynn173 User ID: 6224544 112317
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"This is the best chicken recipe I have ever had! And my family loved it I will definitely make it again!"

lalg User ID: 6112442 209759
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"The onions in the breading really make this chicken shine! We loved it ... it's delicious."

NaplesGirl User ID: 7398388 156767
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"This was so delicious...I only added some garlic powder with parsley and onion powder to the dry ingredients, only because I add that to practically everything I cook :) My family lost their minds when they ate's a total keeper!"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 140932
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"I baked the chicken on a sheet pan covered with foil for easier cleanup and used a rack to elevate the chicken and keep it crispier. I also used Crisco butter spray instead of butter. Great tasting chicken. Thank you for a great recipe."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 158403
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This is one of the easiest chicken recipes that is really good. You can make as much or as little as you want and it is great the next day too."

sungalforever User ID: 6497701 160913
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"Delicious and very easy to make! Its become a regular meal in our dinner rotation."

Jenisl User ID: 6929561 171826
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"This was delicious, moist and very flavorful! I didn't use the melted butter and it turned out great. I'll definitely make this again."

jesboc User ID: 6580965 86564
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"Simply the best baked chicken I have ever tasted!"

msweet23 User ID: 5426978 176782
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"FABULOUS! Best home made fried chicken recipe ever and it's not even fried! I skipped the butter and left the skins on the chicken, but would use the butter if I deskinned the chicken first. Pam is a great idea-I'll try that next time I make it as I will be making it many many times to come!"

jhealey73 User ID: 4407235 112214
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Fried chicken is my favorite food, and I never would have thought I'd find a healthier baked recipe I'd like. This method is EXCELLENT. I used bone-in chicken breasts with the skin removed, and cooked it on a rack inside a baking pan to help with crispiness all over. I was afraid removing the skin would make it less juicy, but it was still juicy and delicious. Also, I used Pam instead of butter, and it was still super crispy. The combo of french fried onions and parm gives this such great flavor. Best chicken recipe ever!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6054705 156765
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Best oven baked chicken. This recipe is a keeper!!!"

carnivallady User ID: 6204523 173037
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"made this the other night. husband said it was excellent. we do not like cold chicken but microwave was broken so ate it cold the next day. just excellent. would be lovely for picnics. Have a large group dinner next month am making this. Janet"

marybru78 User ID: 6834893 100500
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"followed recipe as stated except I used boneless chicken breasts. my children asked for seconds."

cook wana be User ID: 2643455 90656
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"Used a baking chicken by mistake ,But was glad I did, Couldn't get enough. Thank you for this one. Just wonderful"

Briadona User ID: 5500759 173861
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"Made this with all chicken legs without the skin delicious! Also skipped the butter just sprayed with butter flavor Pam. The coating was great both hot and cold the next day did not get soggy like most. Will be cooking this for others with pride."

Briadona User ID: 5500759 171825
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"Used all drumsticks without skin... delicious! Also didn't drizzle with butter just sprayed well with Pam Butter Spray. Even cold the coating stayed on great not soggy like most other recipes. Definitely a keeper!"

Springscook User ID: 4280266 100499
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I removed the chicken skin and the dish was delicious!"

Rob Roye User ID: 5509456 172783
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"I made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it. Even my picky eater ate it all and was lavishing me with compliments. This one is getting saved and recommended to everyone. Also, I'm not going to change a single thing when I make it!"

samandpjsmom User ID: 5047762 172780
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I made this for dinner and I have never seen my kids eat so well. They loved it!!!"

creampuff9 User ID: 6638915 160911
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"the recipe worked fine, but wasn't as flavorful as I had hoped."

sj55 User ID: 1420676 160910
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"Excellent recipe-very flavorful-I didn't drizzle the butter on and it was sooo good-also used boneless breasts-yum!!!"

JMD Fremont CA User ID: 5629979 104411
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"My family loved this chicken. The coating was very flavorful and the chicken is moist. Next time I think we will remove the skin so that none of the tasty coating is wasted. But I recommend using the bone in chicken because it doesn't dry out at all."

Ungerdog User ID: 5571029 171823
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"The french-fried onions are great in the breading. I have tried several baked chicken recipes and this one is always my go to. Family/friends have requested the recipe."

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 140931
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"We love this chicken, it is soo tasty! I have made it many times for company and I always get compliments!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 158401
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"This was delicious - healthier than frying but losing none of the flavor. I cooked the chicken on my pizza stone, which I've found helps it stay moist."

grannygourmet User ID: 3148826 209758
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Quick, easy and very tasty. I will make it again, but next time I will use boneless, skinless pieces of chicken as those would be more eater-friendly. I also suggest that the breading needs to be packed on, rather than just rolled. That way more of the flavor will be enjoyed. Otherwise, there is a lot of unused breading left over and it can't be saved for a later use since it has been contaminated by the chicken."

jcg1210 User ID: 1372514 112213
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2009


amcoffeebean User ID: 3469687 90273
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2009

"I'm always looking for an alternative to standing at a stove and frying chicken, this recipe is definitely a winner! I did use buttermilk instead of milk, just 'cause I love using buttermilk whenever possible."

sboblitt User ID: 2030204 140930
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"I wonder if spraying with butter flavored cooking spray (Pam)instead of drizzling with butter would be a satisfactory alternative."

Peggy97478 User ID: 1056159 100460
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"Sounds great but way too much fat for my diet requirements."

billyclyde User ID: 2845654 140929
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"No it's not."

gerlegirl User ID: 2024421 156763
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"I can't find a place to post this comment, so will try it here. Since you list the nutritional ingredients on this page, why isn't it possible for you to add the NI to the recipe cards for printing? It would make it a lot easier for those of us keeping track of the NI in recipes. Please consider adding this feature. I think it's more important than being able to get the picture. Thanks!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.