Baked “Fried” Chicken

Baked “Fried” Chicken

close-up photo of a plate of baked fried chicken

A few weeks ago I came across a recipe for Oven Baked Southern Fried Chicken that just made my mouth water.

I’ve made crispy baked wings before, but I’ve never made them in such a way that they look just like deep fried chicken.
a plate of chicken
Mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the recipe I followed. I was in a rush defrosting the chicken and I also made full-sized drumsticks rather than the party wings of the original recipe.

But these still turned out great. The drumsticks are coated in a herb & spiced flour coating which comes out golden brown and crunchy even when baked. Mr. K really enjoyed these. He couldn’t believe that they were from the oven.

I did find them slightly salty. The original recipe drizzles on orange honey and I don’t usually like honey with my chicken so I left that out. I think the honey would have balanced out the saltiness. But if you’re not adding any honey, then I think some of the salt does need to be reduced, which I adjusted in the recipe below (along with a few other tweaks).
photo of baked fried chicken on a plate


Oven Fried Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

This baked “fried” chicken is coated in a herb & spiced flour coating which comes out golden brown and crunchy even when baked.

Print Recipe


  • 2 lbs of drumsticks
  • 2 eggs whisked (for coating)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil for pan

for the coating

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all coating ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush oil across surface.

  3. Dip chicken drumsticks, first in egg and then coat in flour mixture. Dip again in egg and again in flour. Place onto baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes. Flip chicken over to other side and bake another 25 minutes. At this point the chicken should be cooked through and the batter should be starting to turn a golden brown. Bake at 10 minute intervals, checking on chicken skin and flipping over again if needed. Cook until chicken is a dark golden brown, about an additional 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of your drumsticks.


Recipe slightly adapted from Rock Recipes

Nutrition Facts
Oven Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 484mg21%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 4.3mg24%
Net Carbs 38g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.