Baked *Fried* Chicken Recipe

My family is freaking out over this chicken recipe…

A family favorite, this baked chicken recipe, tastes fried, but isn't. No skin. No frying. Just super moist and flavorful! Move over KFC, I think you found your rival! Pin now, make later! Pin now, make later.

They loved it. Mr. Chef adored it! He loved it so much he asked if I could make it again tomorrow! You gotta know something about Mr. Chef…when he finds something he likes, he wants to either go to the same restaurant week after week and get the same thing, or he wants me to make the same meal over and over again. He’s like on repeat mode and I can’t turn it off.

Okay, on to this recipe…how is it you can make incredible fried chicken without frying it in hot oil? The secret is in the sauce…using a SMALL amount of butter and BAKING the chicken. Oh boy, I can just hear some people saying ”well what’s the difference between using oil or using butter? One, I’m baking these babies in a SMALL amount of butter in comparison to the loads of oil you fry chicken in. Two, I’m using skinless chicken breast, making it even healthier. So, even though there is technically “oil” in this, it’s less than if you were actually frying it; making it healthier than the traditional fried chicken.

Now I’m sounding like a preacher. My kids tell me that I’m pretty good at preaching. Yep, I’m in practice for the ministry. I kind of like the idea of pounding my fist and talking hell, fire, and damnation. :)

Any-who…this chicken recipe has no skin. No frying. Just super moist and flavorful. Move over KFC, I think you found your match!

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5.0 from 1 reviews

Baked *Fried* Chicken
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Recipe type: Poultry
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thirds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 stick butter (or 1/4 cup)
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag (optional)
  1. Place thawed chicken strips in a bowl of buttermilk, cover, and let soak 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator..
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Combine and mix thoroughly flour, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and Paprika in a gallon-size Ziploc bag or bowl.
  4. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9- x 13-inch pan. Melt butter in preheated oven.
  5. Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.
  6. Shake excess buttermilk off chicken and completely coat each piece in flour mixture. Either shake in the bag until coated or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.
  7. Place each piece of chicken in the preheated pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken over and continue baking for 20 minutes more, or until cooked through (170 degrees F).
Recipe adpated from Amy Lindstrom's
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  1. This recipe was delicious……But seriously cooking chicken breast at 400 degrees for 40 min total, 20 mins each side is stupid Just say hello to chicken jerky!. Chicken breast should only ever take 20 min. total…..ever! Done flip it……no reason too!
    20 min in 400 degrees is enough. Let it rest. Then come back and get it!

  2. Kinza Khan says:

    I want to add one thing to my comment, i also added meat tenderizer in the chicken when i soaked it in the butter milk & that gave the extra tenderness to the chicken pieces. I think the ppl who are complaining that the coating got stuck to the pan was due to the oven temperature. I preheated the over for about one hour & kept one side for 20-25 mins, if its still soggy than keep the chicken for more time.

  3. Kinza Khan says:

    i made this last night even though i did not have butter milk, seasoned salt nor the one you uses “Lawry’s Seasoned Salt” & the all purpose flour, but still turned out to be the best recipe i ever tried, tasted awesome. I made butter milk myself, made seasoned salt myself & also used self rising flour instead. My ch pieces did not stick to the pan base. Thanks for the recipe, it was amazing & i got a cash reward on making this from my mom ;-)

  4. Very disappointed that all the breeding stuck to the bottom of my glass 9 by 13. Followed,this exactly. Bottom of Pyrex was completely covered with melted butter. Looks nothing like your picture.

  5. Made this last night after scouring over recipes. I must say this is my new one to keep. The chicken was so moist. The breading stayed on ..I have never had such a perfect outcome on first try! Thank you!

  6. My breading fell off when I flipped it :( it seemed too soggy. Guess I should have wiped the extra buttermilk off with my fingers instead of just giving it a couple of shakes. Oh well.

  7. I made this last night, and it was amazing! I also added some creole seasoning instead of the straight paprika and made it spicy chicken. This is definitely on our list of go-to meals now.

  8. Not sure what I did wrong, but I followed the instructions & used a glass dish. One side was slightly crispy & light brown, the other was mushy & floury. I even left it in a little extra hoping it would crisp up, but the chicken ended up being dry & overdone by that point.

  9. Hi Jen! I’m writing from Spain, I’m a big fan of USA and I love southern food, this recipe sounds delicious.
    I only have one question: when you say 170 degrees F you mean 170 Celsius instead of Fahrenheit? Because 170F is like 76C and it is confusing to me…

    Thank you so much and sorry for my English.


    • Hi Francesca! Thanks for visiting Bakerette and for your question. You bake the chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the center of the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit. I hope that makes sense.

  10. How much buttermilk should I use?:)

  11. trying this recipe tonight… :)

  12. I have tried this receipt a few week ago. I must say everyone loved it. I did cut back on the salt. I also soaked the chicken in Coconut milk (overnight) as that was all I has at the time. I have not tried it with buttermilk as yet. Will be making it again next weekend.
    Thank you.

  13. I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out wonderful….I even added some Cajun spice. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I followed this recipe exactly and it was DELICIOUS! Definitely a keeper! I used a fork to carefully turn the chicken halfway through the 40 mins and didn’t have a problem……thanks so much for this great recipe!

  15. These were wonderful! My husband thought I’d bought them somewhere. :P Thank you for sharing!

  16. Does it matter if you use a metal or glass pan to bake it in?

  17. How long to bake for a whole boneless chicken breast?

  18. Soak your chicken pieces in ice water for 30 minutes before breading. This helps breading to adhere and not stick to pan.

  19. Cynde Bollinger says:

    I made this for my husband and I for dinner today. I used 1/2 flour and 1/2 Panko, Shoney’s seasoning salt, omitted the salt and butter and sprayed my foil with cooking spray. My husband really liked it and said I could make this again.

  20. Deborah Cohen says:

    don’t use non-stick pans…make sure the chicken is not dripping in the buttermilk (too much liquid), the the coating will not properly adhere. buttermilk can easily be made by adding vinegar to the liquid for tenderizing. i use coconut milk and a tad vinegar….very moist.

  21. Chelsea W. says:

    Sorry if someone already asked this question! But I was wondering if it makes a huge difference to soak the chicken in buttermilk specifically? I’m thinking about experimenting with my homemade almond milk instead. Thanks in advance!

    • By soaking chicken in buttermilk, it acts as a tenderizer and moisturizer. The buttermilk’s natural flavor also imparts a unique taste to the chicken. You can use other milk alternatives. They will just act as moisturizers for the chicken instead of tenderizers.

  22. Hi Jen… I made thus chicken tonight using one whole boneless, skinless chicken breast (split), and cut into 3 to 4 ounce pieces. I pretty much halved the “breading”, and followed Patti suggestions. I used a cookie sheet (with sides), lined it with heavy-duty aluminum foil, melted the butter (in the 400 degree oven), and let the buttermilk drip off of the chicken pieces before I coated them in the flour mixture. I baked one one side for 15 mins, flipped with a large metal spatula (the one that I use for the outdoor grill), and baked for 10 mins on the second side… The results = PERFECT. So tasty, the breading stayed on the chicken, and the chicken was so moist. My only concern was using 1/4 c (1/2 stick) of butter. It was very good, but probably ultra fattening. Perhaps next time I will halve the amount of butter, and use a non-stick baking spray. Other than that, A+ !

    • Thanks for your input Eden. I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor, too. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  23. Dreama Bordeaux says:

    I just had this for dinner. It wasn’t as pretty as the picture, but was tasty. Mine did stick some too, but I drizzled a little grated pepper jack cheese (only because that’s what I had on hand) over the chicken and just let it melt in the oven to help it look better. I think maybe I didn’t drain the buttermilk enough, but the bottom of dish was covered in butter. The chicken was very tender. I will try it again. Thanks!

  24. Gamble Pledger says:

    How do I keep the breading on the chicken when turning it over? I followed your instructions to the letter and when I turned it over, all of the breading that had been underneath all fell completely off! So basically, I ended up with just plain chicken….any ideas?

    • Did the chicken stick to the bottom of the pan before turning it? That may have been the problem. What type of pan are you using?

      • Gamble Pledger says:

        Yes, it stuck to the bottom but I didn’t know that until I was turning the chicken. The pan had melted butter in bottom, too. I used my Pampered Chef stoneware baking dish.

        • Gotcha. A couple of things may have transpired. The glass wasn’t completely covered in butter. However, if it was, use a steel spatula to scrape the bottom of the chicken before turning. There’s no guarantee that it won’t stick, however, it will help. The chicken gets so moist. You can also try smaller chicken breast. That might also help. Some others have expressed the same problem and others have had it come out perfectly. Not sure what the difference is.

          • Gamble Pledger says:

            Not sure what happened….but I even sprayed the bottom of the pan, just in case, like you suggested. It was a stoneware pan, not a glass pan….maybe that’s the problem.

          • What happened with your chicken? Did the breading fall off or did it stick?

          • Gamble Pledger says:

            It actually did both. Weird, I know…but if you have any ideas, I’m listening:):) thanks for your help!!

    • I find my self tweaking the recipe every time I make it. I have had the same problem…so my latest was tonite and they came out perfect. I used a non stick cookie sheet, melted butter then sprayed with Pam but I think the breading stayed on because I gently wiped off excess buttermilk by sliding my fingers down each side before dipping and then I flipped them later in the baking process 15min on 1 side then 10 on the other.

      • Good to hear Patti! Sounds like you’ve mastered it! Thanks for the tips.

      • New baker says:

        I am always debating btn using a porcelain pan vs a non stick rimmed cookie sheet pan. I wonder which one works best. Are small pieces better for this recipe. Hmm.

  25. Rita F. says:

    Would it be alright to use chicken drumsticks or thighs that still have the skin on?

    • Hi Rita. I haven’t tried it with drumsticks or thighs, but I’m sure it would word. You would need to adjust your baking time as drumsticks and thighs aren’t as thick as chicken breast and won’t take as long to cook.

      • I have used this recipe with drumsticks and my husband loved them. I also added cayenne pepper seasoning to my flour mixture.

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