Looking for an alternative to fast food fried chicken? My kids LOVE Oven Fried Chicken with Panko! It’s an awesome substitute for real fried chicken, it’s super easy to make and it’s a lot less messy than deep frying. Plus, you don’t need a gallon or two of oil!
Panko (Japanese style bread crumbs) is so light and airy and the chicken stays nice and juicy after a quick egg bath. I use 4C Spicy Panko, which is available here on Amazon, but you could also add about a teaspoon of Chipotle Powder or some garlic and onion to your plain Panko bread crumbs. Oven Fried Chicken with Panko is open to all of your own interpretations!
I hope you add lots of black pepper! I’ve been increasing the amount of pepper in my recipes lately. It’s the secret ingredient that makes so many recipes just sing!!
Salt isn’t really necessary in this recipe because the Parmesan cheese is a bit salty but feel free to add a pinch of salt to your Oven Fried Chicken with Panko if you’re a salt lover. I’m always trying to cut back on sodium without being bland.
I developed this recipe after several modifications, which can take months. I really think this is one of the best versions of oven fried chicken I have ever made!
Panko crumbs are a staple in my pantry because they’re so light and crunchy. Amazon has about a zillion different varieties! I get most of my recipe ingredients from Amazon Prime, which also has a Prime Pantry feature. They arrive in just two days with FREE shipping! You can try it out for 30 days here.
Oven Fried Chicken with Panko is Just as Crispy as Traditional Fried Chicken
I used bone-in chicken thighs with the skin pulled off for this version but you could also use breasts; and you’ll save yourself a few calories and some fat. A three ounce breast has about 142 calories 3 grams of fat and .9 grams of saturated fat. A skinless thigh has about 170 calories, 9 grams of fat and 3 grams of saturated fat, according to EatRight.Org. I think thighs come out a bit juicier.
We fry our turkey every Thanksgiving in my Deep Fryer but it’s also good for Low Country Boil, Onion Rings and fried chicken or shrimp.
The Secret Ingredient that makes my Oven Fried Chicken Super Crispy
My secret is to spray the chicken with Cooking Spray before it goes in the oven! You could also use melted butter but I’m trying to save calories here! You could also use an oil mister with olive or canola oil if you want to avoid the propellants in Pam or some other spray.
I’ve seen other oven fried chicken recipes that use mayonnaise instead of eggs and cereal crumbs instead of Panko; I’d love to hear your tips for Oven Fried chicken with Panko or without!
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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken with Panko
Save the calories, fat and mess of fried chicken with this crispy, crunchy Oven Fried Chicken with Panko recipe. It is a quick and delicious week night meal that is also delicious served cold for tomorrow’s lunch.
4 to 5 Pounds Skinless Chicken Thighs (About 8)
2 Eggs or Egg Whites
1 1/2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs (Chipotle Seasoned or Plain)
1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
Pepper to Taste
- Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.
- Beat Eggs in a small bowl
- In a larger bowl combine Panko, Pepper, Parmesan and other seasonings.
- Dip Chicken in beaten eggs, then roll in Panko Mixture, pressing crumbs into any bare spots.
- Place on a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan.
- Spray Cooking Spray on chicken pieces to moisten.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until chicken registers 165 degrees using a meat thermometer.
- if you don’t like to use cooking spray because of the propellants you can also drizzle melted butter over the panko-rolled chicken. I’ve tried it both ways and prefer the spray.