By Tim Cebula
February 05, 2018
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A crispy, cheesy crumb coating makes oven-fried chicken taste downright indulgent. These items help make our healthier oven-fried chicken as soul-satisfying as deep-fried.

The Difference Makers

Parmigiano-Reggiano

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This crisps easily, binds the crumbs, and brings salty umami flavor, so there's no need for salt in the breading.

Buttermilk

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Its tangy acids tenderize the meat. With salt, the milk becomes a brine, seasoning the chicken throughout.

Hot Sauce

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A couple teaspoons lend flavor without making the chicken spicy—add more if you like it hot.

Garlic & Onion Powders

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These give it that classic fried chicken flavor. And unlike fresh garlic or onion, they won't scorch or add moisture to the cooking.

Panko

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These light, airy Japanese breadcrumbs make for super crisp coatings in baked and fried foods.

Whole-Wheat Flour

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A healthier choice than white flour, its deeper flavor complements roasted meats.