So, here it is just a little more than two weeks before Christmas. The food blog world is slammed with Christmas cookies, Christmas candies, Christmas cakes, Christmas dinner recipes, Christmas gifts from the kitchen, and what am I posting? Uh…buttermilk baked chicken? Well, yeah. Besides all that Christmas goodness, you still have to get dinner on the table, right? Even with everything else going on right now you still have to feed your family! Last Saturday was a long day of shopping for me and BeeBop, so I threw this recipe together early that morning and left it in the fridge while we were gone. Late that afternoon, I pulled that chicken out, quickly dredged it in its corn flake and Parmesan mixture and popped it in the oven. Total prep time less than 10 minutes! Then I left it to bake while I took care of some more Christmas decorating. Easy!
Hope you enjoy this very quick and easy family recipe and I promise all of you that the next two weeks will be nothing but Christmas recipes!
To get started, all you need is a bowl large enough to hold your buttermilk marinade and chicken. One of my large mixing bowls works just fine for this.
Pour in all the marinade ingredients – buttermilk, lemon juice, Tabasco, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper – and stir them together. Add the chicken pieces which you have patted dry with paper towels. Toss it around a little to make sure all the chicken is covered by the buttermilk mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge. It needs a minimum of three hours and no more than 12 hours to marinate.
When you’re read to bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Get out a large baking pan and put a wire rack in it. I also line the pan with foil just to make the clean up easier.
In a small, shallow pan, mix together the corn flake crumbs, Parmesan cheese, thyme and salt. You can purchase crushed corn flakes in the baking aisle of your grocery store, or make your own. It’s up to you. I’ll take the shortcut and buy mine :-)
Remove each piece of chicken from the marinade allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl. Dredge with the corn flake mixture pressing the mixture firmly onto the chicken to help it adhere.
Place the prepared chicken pieces on the wire rack. Cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Chicken marinated in buttermilk, hot sauce, and thyme, coated with corn flake crumbs and baked until crispy and golden brown.
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 tblsp. Tabasco
- ½ onion, sliced
- 5 sprigs thyme
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 chicken, cut up
- 2 cups crushed corn flakes
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. salt
- In a large bowl, mix the buttermilk, lemon juice, Tabasco, onion, thyme, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
- Wipe the chicken dry with paper towels and add to the bowl.
- Toss to coat well with the buttermilk mixture.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place a wire rack in a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a small, shallow pan, mix the corn flakes, Parmesan cheese, thyme and salt.
- Remove the chicken from the buttermilk mixture allowing any excess to drip off.
- Dredge each piece of chicken thoroughly in the corn flake mixture, pressing to make sure the dry mixture sticks to the chicken.
- Place the prepared chicken on the wire rack allowing space around each piece.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
Other baked “fried” chicken recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Apartment Therapy’s Baked Fried Chicken
- Oven Baked Fried Chicken from In Good Taste by Maris Callahan
- Everybody Likes Sandwiches’ Spicy Oven Fried Chicken
- Ina Garten’s Oven Fried Chicken from Food Network
- Oven Fried Chicken from Eating Well Magazine
What I was cooking…