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Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken

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


  • 2 cups crushed 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 large eggs
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place a rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; coat the rack with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Turn chicken; bake until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear, 15-25 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked chicken: 418 calories, 22g fat (5g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • Callie
    Jun 23, 2020

    It really did taste like it was fried. My entire family liked it. I do see why people say it's a sloppy mess though. I would highly recommend broiling it at the end to crisp it up.

  • scrambledwithcheese
    Dec 14, 2018

    Disappointing. The chicken comes out soggy, this is nothing like fried chicken and doesn't even qualify as oven-fried chicken. It comes out slimy and mushy. The seasoning mix is barely detectable. Overall just really blah. Definitely won't make this again.

  • proc1969
    Jul 23, 2017

    this was BEYOND TERRIBLE!....the "egg wash/cracker breading is a disaster" - egg wash cooked skin inner meat was RAW! again; wasted a LB of food -not happy!

  • sstetzel
    Jun 13, 2017

    This is super!

  • sstetzel
    Jun 13, 2017

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

  • shannondobos
    Oct 5, 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
    Jul 16, 2016

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

  • pinkaroo
    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
    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
    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.