Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken #SundaySupper

Forget the deep fryer! You can achieve, crispy “fried” chicken in the oven with Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken


Happy 4th of July!

The fourth was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid.  I don’t know if it was the food, the fireworks or the fact that it finally felt like summer, but we always had a good time celebrating in our house growing up. 

As an adult, I still love this holiday, but for a different reason, the 4th of July was the day that I met my future husband!  This year will mark 8 years to the fateful day that I decided to head on over to the Brooklyn Brewery for their holiday celebration.  He was in a band playing; I was at a table drinking (and eating!) and the rest is history! 


When the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper was chosen – Celebrating Fourth of July with Family and Friends, I immediately knew I would participate.  However, I had the difficult task of deciding what to make.  Do I chose the first meal I ever made for us as a couple to celebrate our dating anniversary or do I continue to clean out my freezer (for room for all that ice cream making!) and make a different dish? 

I eventually went with the latter.  I can save that first date home cooked meal for a later time.  Instead I chose to make something that is as American as apple pie – fried chicken! Except my version is done in the oven, less of a mess and just a little bit better for you.  Go ahead, have that second slice of pie or add that scoop of ice cream. 🙂 



Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken #SundaySupper

They key to oven fried chicken is creating a mock fried crust, which I have done with a mixture of flour, cornmeal and panko bread crumbs. A drizzle of melted butter and olive oil over the top helps with browning and flavor but reduces a significant amount of fat that you would get from deep frying. Finally, in order to create even browning, placing a cooling rack in a baking sheet will allow the heat to circulate under the chicken and it will also allow all the excess chicken fat to drip underneath.

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  • 2 pounds skin-on assorted chicken pieces (I used thighs and breasts cut in half)
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large zip top bag place your cut up chicken pieces, buttermilk and cayenne pepper. Seal tightly and shake to distribute evenly, place in a shallow dish to avoid any dripping. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator,bring to room temperature and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then place a cooling rack on top of it. Spray the cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray or rub with a paper-towel dipped in olive oil to prevent sticking.
  5. In a shallow dish combine the flour, cornmeal, and panko. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  6. Dredge the chicken in the crust, shaking off the excess and place on the baking sheet.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter and olive oil.
  8. Evenly spoon the butter on top of the chicken pieces and bake for 45 minutes to one hour or until cooked through and browned. You may want to rotate the pan halfway through if you notice spots starting to darkened more.
  9. Wrap up your oven friend chicken, enjoy with some slaw, corn on the cob and biscuits on a picnic with some fireworks!


Be sure to check out these other wonderful #SundaySuper dishes celebrating the Fourth of July!

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43 thoughts on “Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken #SundaySupper

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  2. Renee

    Soaking chicken in buttermilk makes it so good. I like this oven fried recipe. Not only is it healthier but no grease splatters to clean up either. Yum!

    1. Susan

      Seriously, this is the best part. I don’t like to fry at home, it kind of freaks me out actually and the mess. Oh forget about the mess! Just ball up your parchment and throw all that grease away!

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  14. RedKathy

    Oh my gosh I bookmarked your chicken! No exaggeration, hubby could eat fried chicken every night!!! I switched to a spicy oven fried to save his heart :0) Yours looks over the top crunchy and delish. I’m sure he’s going to be in heaven.

    Happy Sunday!

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