While on a diet, fried chicken is presumably not on your food-choice list for the extra fat contained in the oil. However, fried chicken can literally be a healthy dish if you know how to cook it using different cooking recipes.
Oven frying the chicken is an excellent trick to make it a healthier recipe. Baking the chicken still gives the crisp and crunch of fried chicken but without the oil that comes from deep-frying. It also saves time as you are able to do other work while the chicken is baking. Check out more chicken recipes here and the detailed process of oven frying a chicken below:
1. Firstly, you need to pick your favorite cut of chicken such as breasts, wings, drumsticks or thighs for oven frying. It is a must to split your chicken into smaller cuts for a tastier result. Cuts should not be too small since they will be cooked at high heat and small pieces will become dry before the breading is crispy. Even large pieces aren’t recommended since the coating will burn before they are done inside. To include or separate the bone totally depends on your personal preference. Boneless breasts and thighs are a great choice for being hassle-free. While if you choose to leave the bone intact, remember that the cooking time would be increased.
2. Secondly, you need to coat your chicken. Some traditional coating methods can be chosen to make oven-fried chicken. The first one can be the 1-2-3 method that includes three steps: dredge your chicken in seasoned flour, sip it into an egg wash or buttermilk and last to dredge it in the seasoned breading. The second method is almost the same as the first one, whereas you only need to soak the chicken into the egg wash or buttermilk and dredge it in the breading.
3. After coating your chicken, you can cook it. Those who are committed to healthy eating habits will be glad to know that you don’t need to pan fry it using much oil. Preheat your oven to 400 F, choose and prepare a large baking dish that can accommodate all the chicken pieces and then grease it lightly. Bake one side of the chicken for 45 or 50 minutes and then turn it over for another 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Once your chicken is baked, it’s time to enjoy it. Making healthy fried chicken is very easy plus, you can use the baking time to clean up your kitchen or prepare salads or side liners.