Oven-Fried Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw — Damn Delicious

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Oven-Fried Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw

These chicken thighs are so wonderfully crisp, no one will believe you when you tell them it’s been baked!

I seriously cannot stand deep-frying stuff. It gets extremely costly since I’m using up bottles and bottles of peanut oil, the floors get splattered on with oil and then I feel so incredibly greasy from head to toe until my next shower. To sum up, it’s greasy and gross. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like deep fried foods. I love it! French fries, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, corn dogs… you name it. But sometimes you just need those special recipes that require an oven but produce deep-fried quality, like this one right here.

Lauren does such a great job by slathering the chicken in some peanut oil before applying on the bread crumb coating. That way it gets “oven-fried,” giving you nice, crisp fried chicken quality with the use of less oil and without all the grease. Amazing, right? Pair that with this easy and super refreshing coleslaw and you’ll never have to order out fried chicken ever again!

So here’s how you make this:

Let’s first start with the coleslaw by mixing together some shredded cabbage, diced onion and grated carrots.

Then we’ll combine the wet ingredients – mayo, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper – in a separate bowl.

We’ll pour that right over the cabbage mixture and give it a good stir. Let it sit in the fridge while you prepare the chicken.

Go ahead and trim off the excess fat off the thighs. I find this easiest to do with kitchen shears.

Then in 3 separate bowls, we’ll combine the flour, salt and pepper in one…

the egg, milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper in the second…

and the Panko, cajun seasoning, paprika, peanut oil, salt and pepper in the third.

Then we’ll take each chicken thigh and dredge it in the flour…

dip into the eggs…

and then coat in the Panko crumbs.

I took half of the chicken thighs and wrapped each of them in saran-wrap to freeze.This will come in so handy when I’m too tired to cook during the work week. (And yes, I made this over a month ago. I don’t know how it took me so long to post this!)

We’ll put the rest on a baking sheet and let it bake in the oven for about 45 minutes.

You want the crust to have that really nice golden brown.

Oven-fried = best thing ever!

Serve with coleslaw and you’re ready to eat!

Oven-Fried Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

These chicken thighs are so crisp, no one will believe you when you tell them it’s been baked!

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