5 from 3 votes
Truly Crispy Oven Fried Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

My favorite MESS FREE way to enjoy Fried Chicken! This Oven Fried Chicken recipe is crispy, crunchy, juicy and tender. So EASY to make!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oven Fried Chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 2-3 pounds chicken parts I like legs and thighs the best!
  • For the marinade:
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce I use Tabasco in this recipe
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • For the coating:
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups corn flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large zip top bag and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the bag with the chicken and seal. Place the bag in a large bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. (Do not marinade longer than 24 hours.)
  4. Add the rice cereal, corn flakes and panko to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients until a fine crumb forms and transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Add the flour, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper to the cereal crumb mixture. Whisk to combine.
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade and dredge each piece in the flour mixture to coat. Shake off excess coating. Set aside.
  8. Place the butter on a sheet pan and transfer to the oven. Remove when the butter is melted.
  9. While the pan is still hot, lay the chicken on the pan skin side down and return to the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the crust is a deep golden brown and crisp.
  10. Turn the chicken over and continue baking for 20-25 minutes until the bottom is golden brown.
  11. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and serve immediately with lemon wedges or hot sauce.

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Recipe Notes

Be sure to shake off any excess coating vigorously or you will end up with soggy spots on your crust.
It's best to select chicken pieces that are approximately the same size so the chicken cooks at the same rate. Otherwise, remove the chicken pieces as they are done cooking so you don't overcook them.

Nutrition Facts
Truly Crispy Oven Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 844mg37%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1105IU22%
Vitamin C 7.5mg9%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.