Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken

I know what you are thinking – Crispy and Oven-Fried sounds like an oxy-moron….but you would be wrong about this recipe. I have worked on this recipe for a while and I believe I finally nailed it! My Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken was a huge hit – my husband ate SEVEN pieces by the end of the night.

Oven Fried Chicken

This recipe does require a little bit of planning ahead, as the chicken needs to sit in the yogurt mixture for at least 6 hours. But it can also sit in the refrigerator over night. So you can make prep it before you go to bed the night before. You can also just do what I did – and get it ready right after breakfast. Trust me when I say – IT IS WORTH IT! I can confirm this as I am sitting here eating a piece of left over chicken as I write up this post and it is still delicious. (I made a double batch because my boys insisted they were starving and they ate almost all of it!)

Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

What about the Sides?

I put some cheesy mashed potatoes on the side of my Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken, but you could do lots of different sides. Any kind of potato or pasta salad would work. Check out my Gruyere Mac & Cheese, Spicy Potato Corn Salad or Lemon Dill Orzo Salad! You could also check out one of the 17 different Side Dish Recipes in my cookbook – Homemade on a Weeknight which is available on Amazon in Paperback or eBook (Kindle) versions.

Oven Fried Chicken w/ Gruyere Mac & Cheese

This is oven-fried version of the classic fried chicken is sure to be a hit in your home. Most aren’t even going to realize it’s not actually fried in a vat of oil – except that it’s not the least bit greasy. It is is just crispy, crunchy deliciousness!

Now let’s get cookin’


Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

Yes you read that right – CRISPY chicken out of the oven – it is so dang good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Dishes, fried chicken, healthier chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Servings 6


  • Baking Sheet w/ Cooking Rack


  • 16 oz Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 14-16 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • Avocado Oil Cooking Spray


  • Combine yogurt, mustard and garlic in a large bowl. Put chicken into bowl and toss until evenly coated. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours (up to overnight)
  • Preheat oven to 425deg.
  • In a bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and baking powder. Dunk each of piece of chicken into the flour mixture and thoroughly coat all sides. Line out (alternating direction, so you can fit them all in) on a baking sheet with a cooking rack. Once done with all pieces, spray with cooking spray and then put into oven for 45 minutes.

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8 thoughts on “Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken

  1. drmargy – Powell River, BC – I live in an off the grid float cabin on Powell Lake in Coastal BC. I also travel frequently to Bellingham, Washington. My work involves grant writing for school districts and editing my husband Wayne's science fiction and Coastal BC Stories books.
    Margy says:

    I like chicken fixed just about any way. I have to be honest, my favourite is on the BBQ grill with Thai sauce for dipping. Even in the winter we BBQ. We just pull the grill under the front porch and cook away. – Margy

  2. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed – Midlands UK / Brittany France – Hi, I’m Sarah and welcome to my blog. Sharing my favourite bakes, cakes and seasonal recipes from the Kitchen Shed is a great pleasure for me and I hope you’ll have a nose around to see what I’ve been up to. As a PR friendly blog I’m happy to review or test products and ingredients related to baking, seasonal cooking or slow cooking.
    Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed says:

    Your crispy chicken looks delicious. I like how you add mustard to the yoghurt for the marinade, what a great idea.

  3. Great coating for this oven fried chicken, I want to try your recipe, it looks really good! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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