Fearless “Fried” Chicken

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4 servings

This moist, oven-baked chicken will make you want to give up the high-fat variety.


  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts , halves, drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • dried thyme
  • dried oregano
  • salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper , (optional)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a wire rack on a broiling pan or baking sheet lined with foil for easy cleanup. Remove skin and any clinging fat from chicken pieces and discard.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk egg white with buttermilk. (No buttermilk? Substitute 1⁄2 cup/125 mL milk with 1 tsp/5 mL lemon juice or vinegar; stir and let sit 2 minutes before using.) For easy dipping, pour into a pie plate. Measure flour, baking powder and seasonings into a paper or plastic bag. Close top and gently shake to mix.
  • Dip a piece of chicken into buttermilk mixture, then place in bag with the flour mixture. Close top and gently shake to evenly coat chicken. Place on rack. Repeat with remaining chicken, 1 piece at a time. Discard any flour mixture that does not cling to chicken. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush or dab oil over flour coating on chicken to ensure a crispy crust.
  • Bake in centre of oven until coating is crisp and golden – from about 30 minutes for thighs to 40 minutes for larger pieces. Serve with oven fries and crunchy coleslaw.
  • Makes 4 servings.
  • In a serving: 284 calories, 33.8 g protein, 9.8 g fat, 13.2 g carbohydrates