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Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe
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Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

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I call this America’s best-loved oven-fried chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. —Elaina Morgan, Rickman, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep:15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep:15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups Ritz crackers (about 50)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked chicken equals 418 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 638 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place a rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; coat the rack with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix the first seven ingredients. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs. Dip chicken in eggs, then in cracker mixture, patting to help coating adhere. Place on prepared rack.
  3. Bake 20 minutes. Turn chicken; bake 15-25 minutes longer or until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"I didn't really care for the cracker coating in this recipe. Probably will not make this again."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"Followed this recipe exactly except I baked it a bit longer because my chicken was bigger.

Turned out great and definitely beats standing over a fry pan!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Excellent! Followed the recipe instructions exactly, which is something I don't normally do. A definite keeper."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"This is the best fried chicken recipe I've made......and it's so easy compared to real fried chicken made on the stove top. This will be my new go to for fried chicken!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"This was oh-my-word good! I was just making a small amount of drumsticks, so I halved the amount of crackers I used. I kept the seasoning quantities the same, though. It was so flavorful!"

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