Even though I write a food blog, love to cook, entertain and enjoy having folks gathered around my family table, sometimes I just get bored of cooking things the same old way. You know, you’ve got a wonderful recipe that everyone loves and you’ve been making it for years with great success but you are just over it! What I mean is, you love that recipe but need a do-over! That’s what has happened between me and fried chicken – we’ve broken up…well, not completely.
A Southern Soul | Oven Fried Chicken


My family loves fried chicken but I do not like standing at the stove cooking it. I also don’t like dealing with all the grease so I had to figure out how to remedy this problem. After a little research and a couple experimental tries, I found exactly what I was looking for and our taste buds agreed.

Oven Fried Chicken

Oven fried chicken that is flavorful, juicy and most importantly, crispy! The key to success with this recipe is my cast iron skillet and a hot oven.  During my “testing” phase, I also discovered that when using Panko breadcrumbs, it’s best to give them a little pounding/crushing to make them into something finer then mix with regular flour to give the chicken an crunchy coating. To kick the flavor up a bit, I used my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning.  So, there you have it friends, my new, really good, really easy way to fry chicken!


A Southern Soul | Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken doesn't have to involve standing over a hot pan of grease, this oven fried chicken recipe gives all the taste, with none of the mess.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 8 chicken legs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs - crushed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • Olive oil


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees. Put butter in a large cast iron skillet then place in oven till butter melts.
  • In a pie pan or shallow dish, beat egg and water until mixed.
  • Place breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and steak seasoning in a zip top bag and shake until blended.
  • Dip chicken legs into egg mixture then into the dry ingredients. Press breadcrumbs into the chicken then place into skillet with melted butter. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over each check leg. Place in oven.
  • Cook for 30 minutes on one side then turn chicken and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • When done, remove skillet from oven and sprinkle chicken with additional kosher salt if desired. Serve hot or enjoy at room temperature.
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