Oven Baked Fried Chicken

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This oven baked fried chicken is super easy to make! It’s perfect for so many dinner ideas. Simply shake and bake! 

this easy oven baked fried chicken recipe is a healthier version of classic fried chicken

Do you ever have one of those easy dinner staples that just works for everything? If you don’t, my friends I want to introduce you to a recipe that is the ultimate protein for 99% of dinner dishes. Okay, it might not really be that high, but you get my drift.

It’s the Swiss Army of all dinner ideas— the oven baked fried chicken.

My mother in law introduced us to this super easy shake n’ bake dinner about 6 years ago. Since then it’s been a regular staple in our meal planning routine.

Tender and crispy oven baked chicken with all the savory flavors of fried chicken


It has the best combination of crunchy outside, like fried chicken, and tender inside.  Plus, it’s not super greasy.


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Oven Baked Fried Chicken

Simply toss your chicken in a bowl of milk (or use a gallon bag) before you leave in the mornings and it’s ready for you when you arrive home.

Once you’re ready to make the chicken, all you have to do is combine the spices to make your own homemade version of a ‘Shake n’ Bake!’ But it’s super quick & easy to do. [You’ll have enough coating for about 2 pounds, adjust it as needed!]

A flavorful mix of spices and flour make up the breading for this oven fried chicken recipe


Crispy and delicious oven fried chicken is a healthy alternative to classic fried chicken

Need some dinner ideas?

You could serve the chicken with…

  • A pretty mixed salad (our personal favorite)
  • Caesar Salad
  • Spaghetti for Chicken Parm
  • Alfredo & Sauce
  • With a Fresh Veggie
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

this easy oven baked chicken recipe has so many flavors and spices in the crispy breading

What makes it ‘fried’ chicken?

You’ll melt butter in the bottom of 2 13″ x 9″ glass pans. By baking the chicken and then flipping it halfway, you get this yummy crust– but without any oil.

Clean-up is a breeze. Since you’re shaking on the coating, you won’t dirty a bowl.  The glass pans come out sparkling clean in the dishwasher (but I still give them a good pre-rinse).

this crispy oven baked chicken is a perfect, easy weeknight dinner recipe

And best of all? 

It reheats really well, so we always look forward to lunch leftovers!

Tender white meat chicken coated in a flavorful spiced breading

Delicious oven baked chicken tenders coated in a perfectly seasoned crispy breading

Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

A healthier alternative to classic fried chicken, these tender and juicy oven baked chicken tenders are coated in a perfectly seasoned breading. This recipe makes enough for leftovers for lunch the next day.


  • 2 lbs Chicken Tenderloins, Thawed
  • 2 cups Milk, Enough to cover chicken in bowl
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1.5 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Butter, cut in half


  1. Soak chicken tenders in milk for at least 30 minutes
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. In a gallon bag, mix together the Flour, Salts, Pepper, and Paprika
  4. Cut 1/2 stick of butter in each of your 13" x9" glass pans. Melt butter in preheated oven.
  5. Spread the butter across the entire bottom of the pan. Make sure there aren't any dry spots.
  6. Shake excess milk off the chicken and completely coat each piece with seasoning mix
  7. Place each piece in the glass pan
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Flip the chicken and bake for another 15-18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees
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This oven baked fried chicken is super easy to make! It's perfect for so many dinner ideas.


The best oven baked chicken recipe that's perfect for so many dinner ideas. Quick, easy, and healthy.

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  1. Talk about delicious!!!! THIS OVEN BAKED-FRIED CHICKEN IS BEYOND AWESOME!!! Hubby absolutely gobbled it right up. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Have a happy day!

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