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: 418 calories, 22g fat (5g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g 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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sstetzel User ID: 158954 267955
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"This is super!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 267954
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"Love that this is made in the oven instead of deep fried."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 255044
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016 Edited Nov. 13, 2016

"This was so juicy! I always have all of these items on hand, and it was fantastic. I love recipes that use a whole chicken because the leftovers are great for sandwiches, salad toppings, or additions to pasta the next day. This is most definitely going to be a regular recipe in my household!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 250512
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"Really easy, juicy chicken recipe. Perfect flavor though I did add salt."

pinkaroo User ID: 3461560 250267
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"This is a great breading for chicken. I brined the chicken in salt/water and that alleviated the tad of missing salt as other reviewers stated. Definitely a keeper!"

dannalowe User ID: 8889581 250175
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2016

"Out of this world??! The chicken breasts that I did with this recipe were so succulent my son said,"Mom you out did yourself...fantastic??! Well, needless to say this recipe is a KEEPER??!

As side dishes, we had Paula's acorn squash and Green Giant's no sauced peas...What a scrumptious meal. Please enjoy it real soon??."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 248229
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"This was really easy and good.The only thing I changed was I didn't add cumin and since I used chicken breasts I baked it a little longer.Will probably make again with thighs and legs."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 241140
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

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

aldar User ID: 6518085 237331
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!"

SusanneM User ID: 45352 215204
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

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

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