Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken

Total Time
45 min
15 min
30 min
Lighten up this hearty all-American favorite by switching to oven frying. We kicked up the flavor by using buttermilk and a dash of cayenne pepper.


cooking spray

3 spray(s)

uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

1 pound(s), four 4-oz pieces

table salt

½ tsp, divided, or to taste

cayenne pepper

¼ tsp, divided, or to taste

all-purpose flour


low-fat buttermilk

3 oz

cornflake crumbs

½ cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat an 13- X 8- X 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Season chicken with salt and cayenne pepper to taste; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper together in a medium-size bowl. Place buttermilk and cornflakes crumbs in 2 separate shallow bowls.
  4. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and evenly coat both sides. Next, dip chicken into buttermilk and turn to coat both sides. Last, dredge chicken in cornflake crumbs and turn to coat both sides.
  5. Place coated chicken breasts in prepared baking dish. Bake until chicken is tender and no longer pink in center, about 25 to 30 minutes (there is no need to flip the chicken during baking). Yields 1 chicken breast per serving.

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