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Fried chicken is one of my biggest weaknesses, so naturally I’ve been perfecting this lighter version for years. I’ve managed to achieve the same crispy golden texture you get from frying from my oven. Yep, it’s skinnier, easier, quicker, and (bonus) there’s no greasy mess to clean up. Soaking the chicken overnight (sometimes two nights) in a buttermilk bath is a must for meat that’s moist and juicy. To easily remove the skin from the drumsticks, use one paper towel to grasp the joint end and a second one to pull off the skin.
The secret to the crispiness is preheating the baking sheet and the oil! This is a little trick I recently learned and I was very anxious to test it out!
Because you preheat the pan and the oil together, I’d strongly recommend using a metal pan or baking sheet. Adding cool chicken to the hot pan can cause breakage in glass or ceramic due to thermal shock. So play it safe with a pan that won’t break!
“‘Crisp,moist, delicious!!! I was extremely pleased with this recipe and my husband loved it and asked me to make it again. “A Keeper.” I changed things up a bit, but not significantly. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I didn’t have buttermilk so I used regular milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice. I also seasoned the panko crumbs with more garlic, pepper, and all seasoning with salt. Used parchment paper instead of foil, sprayed it lightly with Pam. Helped chicken to become crisp and goldenon the bottom and did not stick. Needed to cook longer, 40 to 45 minutes as the breasts were thicker. There was absolutely no sticking, and it browned and crisped nicely on the bottom. In fact, the bottoms were more golden and crisper than the tops, so after 20 minutes I turned them over so they would brown. I will definitely make this again. Try the parchment paper and you’ll be delighted with both the consistency, and the taste. No sticking, no loss of breading, crispy, golden brown, moist and delicious”
“I read the other reviews and tried without foil and on a wire rack. That didn’t work out so well – the top was crispy but the bottom was mushy. So tried directly on the cookie sheet and using cooking oil. That worked: meat was moist inside and crispy outside. The flavor is great. We just want it a little crisper so will try 425-450 for 20-25 min next time to seal in the juice and work on a crisper outside. Will update my review when we have perfected this!”
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