Love friend chicken but hate the fact that its fried? Who would have thought…Baked Fried Chicken?!?!?! And using cereal for the breading?
Of course its not quite as crispy as the original, but I love this recipe! Yum!! Can’t wait for you try!
- Chicken parts – assorted, legs only, thighs only (whatever you want)
- Salt and Pepper
- Kellogs Special K Cereal – can really be any cornflakes, but I love Special K
- Sugar – brown or white (whichever you have)
- Cajun seasoning
- 2 or 3 eggs or buttermilk – yes…1 or the other
- basting pan if you have one – has the upper sheet with slits and then a lower piece as below or just a metal rack that you can lay on top of a baking pan (metal rack is better because there is more sticking with the pan below…but the one below is what most people have at least handy)
You will want to try to prep the chicken the night before by letting it sit overnight in salt water. If you don’t have time for this or just plain forget…it is ok. Just adds a salt flavor and means you have to salt less later.
The cereal you will want to grind smaller. I would not use a food processor unless you have the ability to control how fine. You actually want it fairly large so it gives you that fried chicken feel and look. I put the cereal in a ziploc bag, seal it and use my hands and smash and crumble it in my fingers to get it to the desired size. Should look a little like this:
Once you have completed that, you will want to add the cajun seasoning and the sugar and shake. Be sure to taste. What you want is a good flavor of both sweet and spicy (and a little salty). Put aside until ready to use.
Tidbit of info…as we all know…I don’t measure. So I would say…for a family of 2-4, I would make one large ziploc full of the now bread crumb mixture. You can always save what you don’t use.
When its time to prepare, you will need 2 shallow bowls or containers such as these:
One will be filled with either the buttermilk or the 2-3 eggs. If using the eggs, obviously both egg whites and the yolk and then mixed together.
Add salt and pepper to the mixture and taste (if you are brave enough to eat raw eggs or taste buttermilk. Ha!!!). If you soaked the chicken the night before…only add pepper.
In the other, you will want to pour some of the bread crumb mixture (in this case…kellogs cereal crumb mixture).
Preheat the oven at 350.
Now you are ready!!!
Dip the chicken in the egg or buttermilk mixture and then in the crumb mixture. It will be messy. And they will not all remain stuck to the chicken. You will have to pat some back on to the chicken pieces. But lay them on the pan.
You will then want to bake for about 35 to 45 minutes.
Hope you love it as much as we do! Tell me what you think!!
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