Try our healthier oven-fried chicken recipes for that same great fried taste without all the guilt
February 06, 2014
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There's nothing quite like fried chicken. It's a combination of crispy-flaky on the outside and tender-juicy inside. The problem is that it's loaded with hundreds of calories. But don't fret—learn our oven-fried chicken recipe secrets for that same delicious taste with far less calories.
First up is our Parmesan and Pine Nut-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken. The combination of parmesan cheese and pine nuts lends an extra boost of flavor to this dish. The crust gets golden and crisp in the skillet and helps insulate the chicken to keep it supremely juicy.
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Chicken BLT Salad
Crisp chicken in this BLT salad boosts a favorite side salad to a healthy main-course attraction. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute with 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1 tbsp of milk instead. Don’t skip the step of browning the chicken to make sure it stays juicy in the oven and golden brown on the outside. This light and fresh dinner can be enjoyed by the whole family and would be great to serve to company as a different option at a summer barbeque. Great additions to this salad would be sliced avocado, few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or hard-boiled eggs for extra protein.
Fresh mozzarella adds a cheesy finish to portion-perfect Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce.
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Yolanda's Famous Chicken
This chicken is so delicious and tender, you won’t even need a dipping sauce. You can easily double the recipe to accommodate a larger group—crisp two breast halves at a time in a skillet (or four at a time in two skillets), and then finish cooking the whole batch in the oven.
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Crispy Buttermilk Chicken
Marinating chicken breasts for four hours in a classic combination of buttermilk, egg, onion powder, and a hint of red pepper yields tender, flavorful results. Sautéing the chicken seals the juices and develops a nice crispy crust just before transferring to the oven.
This dish is served with a warm broth that creates a glaze-like sauce. Be careful when pouring the broth into the pan so you don’t wet the crispy, brown coating on the chicken.
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If you’re a fan of the deviled egg, you’ll love this Deviled Chicken that features a chicken breast marinated in red pepper flakes and mustard, coated in French baguette crumbs, and finally oven-fried to perfection.
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Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken
Get the crispy taste of fried chicken for less than 300 calories. For a flavor swap, use pecans in place of the walnuts.
Chicken Nuggets with Crispy Potato Chips and Honey Mustard
Chicken nuggets populate almost every kid’s menu in America, but it’s safe to say that adults are fond of these little crispy bites as well. When fries and sauces are added, your meal can rack up to almost 700 calories. We’ve managed to get that same great chicken nugget taste, yet shaved off over half the calories in our lightened-up version.
Cracker meal gives the coating more crunch—look for it on the baking aisle of your supermarket. If you can’t find cracker meal, make your own by pulsing 10 saltine crackers in a food processor until they’re finely ground. Or place them in a zip-top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Add a dinner roll to round out the meal.
This classic family favorite brings succulent chicken to your dinner table in minutes. For an easy weeknight meal, we suggest you pair with an easy starch like
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Oven "Fried" Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
These chicken fingers will have your loved ones—especially the kids—begging for an encore. The crunchy coating of lightly breaded chicken and the sweet and slightly tangy zing of the dipping sauce are a perfect paring.