I have a confession to make: I’m not very good at making fried chicken. My Mother on the other hand can make it like no one’s business so when I’m home, one of my favorite meals is her fried chicken. Made in a VERY large cast iron pan and fried to a golden perfection. Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Since I have yet to be able to replicate it, I make my fried chicken in the OVEN. Yes in the oven! It takes just a few minutes to set up your breading station and then once you have everything properly dredged you simply pop it into the oven where it cooks up like a dream.
It’s absolutely perfect for any night of the week or fantastic for a Memorial Day Picnic! Just add roasted potatoes, a side of vegetables and you’re all set!
What you’ll need:
1 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs – beaten
1 cup whole milk
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
10-12 chicken legs – excess fat removed
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
What to do:
1. Place rimmed baking sheet into oven and preheat to 375 degrees.
2. Set up your breading station. You’ll need 3 medium sized shallow dishes. Into first dish place flour. Second dish place eggs, milk, salt/pepper. Whisk together to combine. Into third dish add: panko, Italian seasoning, salt/pepper. Mix to combine.
3. Take chicken legs and dredge them into flour, then egg mixture and then into panko mixture. Transfer to a baking sheet. Continue until all legs are breaded.
4. Remove baking sheet from oven and drizzle olive oil on top of hot baking sheet. Transfer chicken legs to hot baking sheet, leaving space between each. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes OR until chicken is cooked through. Turning approximately every 15-20 minutes.
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