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Accidentally Delicious Oven-Baked Fried Chicken

Wanna start with the good stuff? Yes! The star of the post. The accidentally delicious oven-baked fried chicken!

Accidentally Delicious Oven-Fried Chicken

Oh, momma… Look at that crispy loveliness!

Let me ask you this, though: What do you do when you think you have an item in your pantry, a key item, only to find out after you’ve prepared everything else that the item is missing?

WHAT TO DO?!

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Improvise, mah babies!

We love oven-baked fried chicken. It’s easy to prepare, easy ingredients and easy to eat!

I was craving some of this super easy chicken, only to discover, after I had laid everything else out, I was missing breadcrumbs.

NOOOOOO! Can’t make oven-baked fried chicken without breadcrumbs.

I immediately started tearing apart my pantry. I knew where the breadcrumbs were supposed to be…why weren’t they there? WHY?! Um, because I had already used them? Yeah, probably.

Just when I thought we’d order out for pizza…that works too!…I spied this:

Accidentally Delicious Oven-Fried Chicken

~envision an actual blazing light bulb over my head~

Stuffing is made from bread! Sure it’s chunky pieces, but I thought after I threw some in a gallon Ziplock and took my rolling pin to it, I’d have, wait for it, breadcrumbs!

I was totally right (you know, as I often am).

Witness the finished product moments after I removed it from the oven:

Accidentally Delicious Oven-Fried Chicken

BAMMO!

Oven-baked Fried Chicken!

I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before. It was deliciously Thanksgivingy tasting and worked like it was made to coat poultry. Dee-Lish!

My basic recipe is to let the chicken soak in a bowl of milk for about 10 minutes (add whatever seasonings you like to the milk), then dredge it through the breadcrumbs and placing in a well-buttered pan with generous butter pats also on the bottom of the pan before placing chicken (it melts and helps “fry” the chicken). Bake at 325-350 until internal temp of chicken is 165° (depending on thickness of pieces used, 30-45 minutes).

Perhaps I’m not the first to have a light bulb moment with stuffing mix and chicken.

Anyone else?

Happy Eatin’, Y’all!

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Debbie

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Delicious! What a great idea.

Carlee

Sunday 1st of November 2015

What a great idea!

Patti Tucker

Sunday 1st of November 2015

A deliciously great idea!

Jessica

Monday 26th of October 2015

I've had some kitchen accidents turn into some of my family's favorite meals before. I'm glad you were able to turn this into a success!

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

We were happy with the accidental discovery as I'm sure your family has been!

Jo-Anne

Monday 26th of October 2015

Cool isn't it great when we accidentally make something so yummy

Patti Tucker

Monday 26th of October 2015

Yes!