Oven Fried Chicken


I love fried chicken, but it takes so long and is such a big mess. I came up with this oven-fried version, and have been making it ever since! Everyone I have given the recipe to has loved it as well.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins

Cut down on oil by making "fried" chicken in the oven. This oven-fried chicken recipe, made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand, is as good as it gets.

Oven-Fried Chicken Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this oven-fried chicken recipe:

This recipe calls for 12 chicken thighs, but you could also use breasts, legs, wings, or drumsticks.

All-purpose flour adds crispness, seals in moisture, and encourages browning.

Bread Crumbs
You can use store-bought Italian-seasoned bread crumbs or make your own at home.

Whole eggs add moisture and give the flour and bread crumbs something to stick to.

This oven-fried chicken is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, plus a little paprika for subtle heat and smoky flavor.

Vegetable oil keeps the chicken moist and juicy. Canola oil or olive oil would also work well for this recipe.

How to Make Oven-Fried Chicken

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You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this oven-fried chicken:

Dredge the chicken thighs by coating them in the flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), the eggs, and then the bread crumbs. Pour the oil into a baking dish, then add the coated chicken thighs. Sprinkle with paprika and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Flip the chicken and continue baking for another 30 minutes. Drain the oven-fried chicken on paper towels before serving.

What to Serve With Oven-Fried Chicken

You can serve oven-fried chicken with traditional fried chicken sides, such as mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. Looking for some delicious inspiration? We've got you covered. Explore our collection of 15 Classic Side Dishes for Fried Chicken.

How to Store Oven-Fried Chicken

Store leftover oven-fried chicken in a shallow, airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Oh goodness, is this a delicious recipe," raves JENMI. "I just finished a piece of this chicken and it was fabulous – and I was eating cold leftovers. I used drumsticks and altered the coating a bit: I used plain bread crumbs and added garlic and red pepper flakes to the mix."

"I used Panko breadcrumbs, added my own preference of seasonings to the flour, and baked it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper," according to jomom75. "It came out nicely crisp on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside, with lots of flavor."

"This is very good," says Jana Nelson Scheidler. "I line my baking dish with foil and use vegetable oil spray to keep from sticking and lower calories. Makes for easier clean-up."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 12 chicken thighs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place flour in a shallow plate or bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Put bread crumbs in another shallow plate or bowl and beat eggs in another bowl.

    Overhead shot of a breading station with three bowls containing flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  3. Dredge chicken piece by piece in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs, until all pieces are coated.

    High angle shot of chicken being coated in a breading station then placed in a baking dish

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  4. Pour oil into a large baking dish; add the breaded chicken thighs and sprinkle with paprika to taste.

    High angle shot of a baking dish with breaded chicken pieces, ready to be baked

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn pieces over and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain on paper towels.

    Overhead angle of a plate of golden brown oven fried chicken

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    overhead angle looking down at a plate of golden brown oven fried chicken


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 234mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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