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Super Easy Oven-Fried Chicken

I’m almost embarrassed to post this recipe, because it’s so easy. How easy? Toddler easy, except for the hot oven thingy. It’s also amazingly tasty and simple to tweak for your preferences, so I pushed aside my embarrassment in order that you, too, may enjoy my super easy oven-fried chicken.

Super Easy Oven-Fried Chicken

I should note, if you have trouble using butter, or BUTTAH! as we call it in our house, you will need to face your fear with this recipe!

No worries, we’re here to hold your hand and talk you through it.

One more thing: I cook for an army, when there are only two people who live here, but we’re big on leftovers, so STOP JUDGING ME!

Super Easy Oven-Fried Chicken


15-20 chicken legs

1/4 cup melted butter (BUTTAH!)

2-3 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp smoked paprika (the regular pap, just doesn’t have the kick the smoked does…no substitutions!)

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh ground salt to taste


Preheat oven to 450°.

Melt butter and divide between two baking pans large enough to hold between 8-10 chicken legs each.

Place flour and all spices into a large Ziplock bag and combine well.

Once oven has reached 450°, place a couple of pieces of chicken into the Ziplock bag and shake well, to coat.

Arrange chicken legs in a single layer, making sure there is a bit of space between legs, to brown evenly.

Repeat until all legs are coated and placed in pans.

Bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn each piece over and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes longer, or until juices run clear (165° on meat thermometer).


Super Easy Oven-Fried Chicken

See? So stinkin’ easy! No huge messes, just loads of super easy oven-fried chicken. Plus, if you see a spice/seasoning in the recipe that causes you to wrinkle your nose, simply omit it and use what pleases your palate. DO IT!

One more thing, before you run off to make this recipe: I have been known to use the drippings from the fried chicken pans to make a cream gravy that is slap-yo-momma good! (don’t slap your mother, for goodness sake) You can use it on mashed taters, to drown biscuits or simply for eating with a spoon (oh, come on…like you’ve never!).

The thing is you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

So, go on. Oven-fry All The Chicken and then pretend it took you all day to make that manna from heaven.

OMT loves you, baby!

Happy Eating.

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Friday 10th of December 2021

I have made this several times, but never commented. It is now about time, excellent recipe. Thank you for your blog and endless hugs!

Patti Tucker

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Lisa! Thank you!

I LOVE when y'all make the recipes and love them as much as I do.

Thank you for coming in and letting me know. So great!

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Monday 30th of January 2017

[…] are days I neeeeed some finger-licking, oven-roasted, BBQ chicken, even in the dead of winter. Hell, especially in the cold when I’m missing sun-kissed days […]

Michael Nicks

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Looks good, is it healthy!

Patti Tucker

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Well, healthy as in full of protein? Yes? Healthy, as in lots of buttah? I'll leave that to you.

Bohemian Babushka

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Wondering if this could be made with whole wheat flour... would it make too big of a difference? Looks delicioso!!

Patti Tucker

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Yes! Make away!


Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Looks delicious, and I laughed reading your post, so how perfect is that! On my way to the store to buy chicken legs, and oh BUTTAH too!!

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

BUTTAH! My kinda gal!

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