This is the best oven fried chicken recipe I have ever tried. You will LOVE this easy and DELICIOUS recipe so much you may never make regular fried chicken again! That might be an overstatement but this oven fried chicken is REALLY good.
You use much less oil when you oven fry chicken than you would when you fry chicken the traditional way making this healthier and less expensive to make. I use chicken thighs with the skin on but the thigh bone removed, that may be hard to find so just buy bone in, skin on chicken thighs and remove the bone yourself. I like to use boneless chicken thighs for oven frying because they cook more quickly and they are relatively flat so they cook evenly.
Brine the chicken thighs in cold salt water overnight or for at least 6 hours. I use the large Cambro containers (there is an affiliate link below), I love them because they’re square so they fit easily into my refrigerator. The lids fit really well so they don’t leak, that’s important for food safety issues.
In the recipe below I use a simple salt water brine but feel free to adjust it to your taste. Add fresh thyme sprigs, black pepper-feel free to get creative.
WARNING: This tends to smoke a bit so make sure your oven is clean and turn your vent on. I’ve set my smoke alarm off more than once while making these.
Use a very sturdy sheet pan with at least inch sides to oven fry this chicken, you don’t want a pan that will warp at high heat. Here is an Amazon Affiliate link for good, strong sheet pans.
- 8 chicken thighs- skin on, bone out
- ½ cup kosher salt for brine
- 8 cups of water for brine
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon pepper to season the flour
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic to season the flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika to season the flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- Dissolve the ½ cup of Kosher salt in the water, add the chicken thighs, cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 8 hours
- Pre heat your oven to 450 degrees
- Drain the chicken thighs and pat them mostly dry
- Season the chicken thighs with pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder and paprika. I don't add any additional salt because the brine will make the chicken salty enough.
- Season the flour with the additional salt, pepper, granulated garlic and paprika. Stir or shake in a zip top bag to combine
- Shake or dredge the chicken in flour and shake off excess flour
- Use a sturdy sheet pan with at least 1 inch high sides
- Pour 3 tablespoons of oil on the sheet pan and spread it around
- place the chicken thighs meat side down on the sheet pan then turn the chicken over onto the skin side so that both sides are coated in oil
- Bake the chicken skin side down for 20-30 minutes. The chicken should be golden brown
- Flip the chicken over and bake for another 20-25 minutes until done
the best oven fried chicken recipe