Baked Fried Chicken (Oven Fried Chicken Breast Recipe) VIDEO!

Baked Fried Chicken, or Oven Fried Chicken Breast Recipe, is so healthy, juicy, flavorful, and CRISPY! You would never guess this Baked Fried Chicken Breast is oven baked and not fried. The spice rub on this Oven Baked Fried Chicken is just like your favorite KFC Fried Chicken. SO MUCH FLAVOR! This is one of our favorite Chicken Breast Recipes!

Baked Fried Chicken in a basket garnished with parsley


Baked Fried Chicken (Oven Fried Chicken Breast Recipe)

Baked Fried Chicken (Oven Fried Chicken Breast) is the perfect kind of recipe for our family. I have a running theme on The Cookie Rookie.  Simple and delicious.  On this journey to learn how to cook, I’ve found that my very favorite meals are those with the simplest ingredients, easiest prep, and brightest flavors.

I’m always looking for recipes that are made in a flash, and cleaned up even faster!! Sometimes the simple meals are simply the best.

Oven Fried Chicken is my newest recipe to prove my point. This recipe is so quick, so easy, and so delicious!

You’ll swear that you ran down the street and got KFC Fried Chicken, but really you made secretly healthy Baked Fried Chicken instead. WINNING!

Oven Fried Chicken in a basket with potato wedges and ketchup

oven fried chicken in a basket


How to make Healthy Oven Fried Chicken Breast

I’ve been attempting to cook healthier meals for the past couple months.  As I’ve said before, Pat and I kind of fell off the diet train after the wedding. We had been good for SO long; after it was done we pigged out on cheese and chocolate for a couple months.

Lately I have realized that summer is here and swimsuit season is upon us. We’re back! This Baked Fried Chicken Breast has got us back in the spirit. Some of our other favorite healthy recipes are Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Enchilada Stuffed Peppers, and Healthy Crockpot Tortilla Soup.

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Can Oven Fried Chicken really be crispy?

YES! I have loved learning the lighter side of cooking. I’m not going to shout from the rooftops that I cook only healthy recipes, but it really is nice to find healthy options for still bringing family favorites to the table.  This Baked Fried Chicken is such an easy way to lighten up a true classic, Buttermilk Fried Chicken. All the comforts of home, in a slimmed down version.

baked fried chicken with potato wedges

Baked fried chicken on a plate with thick potato wedges

This Oven Fried Chicken is so versatile and is a great must-have recipe to have on hand.  I think it would be a fabulous base for Chicken Piccata, Chicken Marsala, and especially Chicken Parmesan.

I might just have to try all three! Isn’t it wonderful when lightened up recipes turn out as flavorful as the sinful ones? Those are the recipes to hold on to and pass down for generations.

Watch this Video on How to Make Baked Fried Chicken Breast:

This Oven Fried Chicken Breast is SO EASY, healthy(er), and yummy. The step by step instructions on the video really show just how simple and fool-proof this recipe is. You guys better give it a try and let me know how you like it!! The outside is crispy and the inside is juicy. What more can you ask for from baked fried chicken?!


The Cookie Rookie is practically famous for amazing Chicken Recipes, mostly due to this Oven Fried Chicken. We have so many other chicken favorites that I hope you check out, and even have a FREE EBOOK for subscribers (click to find out more). I’m here for all your easy chicken recipes needs!

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Can you put floured chicken in the oven?

Of course you can! Complete honesty…the skin does come out crispy from the oven but its not as thick as the crispy skin on truly fried chicken. You still want to do the flour coating and all the spices to create a delicious crispy skin on your Oven Fried Chicken.

What is the internal temperature of the Oven Fried Chicken Breast when its done?

Chicken should read 165F internal temperature when they’re ready to eat. It’s always good to check with a meat thermometer when you’re about to take them out of the oven! You don’t want to undercook chicken, dangerous! Always good to keep a meat thermometer on hand.

Do you have other baked and not fried Chicken Breast Recipes you love?

OH YES! I love the versatility of baking chicken instead of frying. I have all kinds of ideas for you! We love these Chicken Tacos, Simple Spiced Baked Chicken Wings, Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, and Honey Garlic Baked Chicken. So many amazing options when baking instead of frying! Chicken Recipes for the win!

Watch the video or see the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Oven Fried Chicken. Enjoy!

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4.09 from 80 votes
Baked Fried Chicken, or Oven Fried Chicken Breast, is so healthy, juicy, flavorful, and CRISPY! You would never guess this Baked Fried Chicken Breast is oven baked and not fried. The spice rub on this Oven Baked Fried Chicken is just like your favorite KFC Fried Chicken. SO MUCH FLAVOR! Once you try these Baked Chicken Cutlets, you'll never go back to fried chicken again.
Baked Fried Chicken
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Baked Fried Chicken, or Oven Fried Chicken Breast, is so healthy, juicy, flavorful, and CRISPY! You would never guess this Baked Fried Chicken Breast is oven baked and not fried. The spice rub on this Oven Baked Fried Chicken is just like your favorite KFC Fried Chicken. SO MUCH FLAVOR! This is one of our favorite Chicken Breast Recipes!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked fried chicken, chicken breast recipes, oven fried chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
  • 2 large chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning click link for example
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley optional
  1. CUT chicken breasts in half, lengthwise, to create 4 even portions.
  2. PLACE chicken in a large bowl and marinate in milk for about 20 minutes.
  3. MIX together flour, paprika, all-purpose spice, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  4. PREHEAT oven to 400ºF.
  5. Place parchment paper on a 9x13 baking sheet. MELT butter and pour onto the parchment, coating the bottom of the pan/parchment.

  6. Lightly pat each chicken breast with a paper towel to remove excess milk before dipping. DIP each chicken breast, one at a time, in the flour mixture. COAT both sides liberally. PLACE in pan.

  7. REPEAT with all four chicken breasts, making sure there is a small amount of room between each breast in the pan. This will allow them to crisp while baking.
  8. BAKE at 400ºF for 35-40 minutes (or until the breading is golden brown and the juices run clear), flipping each breast after 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 731mg 30%
Potassium 560mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 29.8%
Vitamin C 7.6%
Calcium 23.3%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy)
That sounds absolutely delicious. My family loves chicken for dinner!
Ashley M
Yum! I love baked fried chicken it's such good comfort food.
What a great dish! We have the same baking dish as you :) Thanks for sharing your recipe
Paula Parker
Love chicken recipes as it is a great meat to find on sale. I love this recipe as the finished product looks elegant.
Emily Anne Ploch
That looks a lot healthier than the "fried" chicken I'm used to! It looks amazing!
I do not like fried chicken cutlets.. i prefer it baked and i prefer everything baked.
Joanna Sormunen
How delicious! I love fried chicken but it is so unhealthy, this is a great option!
This looks delicious! I love baking fried chicken!
Platter Talk
Great photos and a great idea for making chicken; a favorite in our household! Nicely done.
Sherrie C.
Yum! I've been searching for a way to do this the healthy way with chicken for ages now since I gave up eating fried foods. Thank you :) I'm pinning this now!
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