Cornmeal Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe
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Cornmeal Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

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This dish perks up the dinner table. Its flavorful cornmeal/bread-crumb coating is a good variation form the usual.—Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona
Recommended: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or 4 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 244 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 303mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first nine ingredients. Place the buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in buttermilk, then add to bag, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes; drizzle with butter. Bake 30-40 minutes longer or until juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cornmeal Oven-Fried Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 260801
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Great and easy recipe! We soaked boneless thighs in buttermilk in the refrigerator for several hours before proceeding with the rest of the recipe as directed. The result was a tasty, juicy chicken with a nice crispy crust. The only thing I might change next time will be to give the dredge a little resting time before baking so the coating adheres better."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 232055
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"Very tasty chicken. I used all legs and thighs. Everyone enjoyed this. I will definitely make this again."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 231308
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"easy to make and tasty to eat."

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 228383
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Delicious and easy"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 227394
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"The chicken was juicy and delicious. I used italian bread crumbs, three cheese Parmesan blend, and added 2T buttermilk powder to the cornmeal mixture. I then dipped the chicken in fat free milk. I then took the 1T of butter, cut it in little pieces and put one piece on each of the 5 thighs I was using instead of drizzling them with the melted butter."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 210523
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"This was really good! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and drumsticks because that's what we like to eat. I added 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning and 1/4 tsp. cayenne and it turned out perfectly-- very moist and flavorful with just the right amount of kick. Mac and cheese and corn made a nice comfort food dinner on a cold fall evening!"

mamajoanie User ID: 106194 210522
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I agree that this could use a bit more seasoning, but the cornmeal coating was a hit with my kids and myself. I did put it under the broiler for about 5 minutes to darken the top."

lilac2159 User ID: 6355470 161568
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"I just made this for my residents at the senior home that I work in as cook. They loved it. I did not change a thing, just doubled the recipe, though I did soak my chicken overnight in buttermilk."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 110895
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"I was very disappointed after reading all the reviews. The breading was ok. I think it could have used a little more flavor and I would have liked it to crisp up a little bit more than it did. My family ate it but we all agreed it wasn't worth making again. I will continue on my journey to find a good chicken leg recipe."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 111662
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"This was easy and delicious."

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