Oven Fried Chicken

Um?  What can I say?  If you’re looking for a recipe calling for butter and white flour, a serve-it-with-mashed-potatoes-and-soak-it-all-in-gravy dinner that’s the epitome of comfort food (and it’s easy to make, too), then this is for you!

The chicken:
One fryer, cut into parts
1/4 pound butter  (1 stick)
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons chili powder 

The gravy:
3 Tablespoons buttery drippings from the baking dish, combined with scraped up crispy bits of chicken
2 Tablespoons of the leftover flour seasoned for chicken preparation
1 cup milk

For the chicken:
Soak chicken in milk to cover for 20 to 30 minutes. Spray a baking dish (one that will accommodate all the chicken pieces comfortably in one layer) with nonstick vegetable-oil spray.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Put the butter in the baking dish and heat it in the oven until the butter melts. Mix flour and seasonings together in a plastic bag (1-gallon size). Shake each piece of chicken in seasoned flour. Place chicken pieces, skin-side down, in baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over and bake an additional 20 minutes or until cooked through and crispy. Remove chicken and set aside in a warm place.

For the gravy:
Mix the seasoned flour with milk until you see no lumps. Whisk milk mixture into the pan drippings and butter. Boil until thickened, serve.

Enjoy!  (And maybe take a nice, long nap afterward.)

This recipe is adapted from one that originally appeared in Epicurious, May 1998.


8 thoughts on “Oven Fried Chicken

  1. Ummm, I can’t wait to try this recipe. Just wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know you’re missed and thought of and asked about often. Sending you a big hug.

  2. Thank you for bringing up tasty memories. I used to make a similar recipe once a month while at college — even though I desperately wanted to tread the true path with my dedicated vegetarian boyfriend — for the sole reason that I wanted gravy for my mashed potatoes (I would invite friends over to eat the chicken itself). Comfort food indeed.

    Hoping all is lovely in the life you continue to describe so beautifully.

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