The first cookbook I ever cooked from was Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. I turned to this book first as a kid learning to cook and later as a mom feeding two hungry boys. When my kids were growing up, I often made oven fried chicken and my version is based on the recipe in this book. My son Trent really loves this dish and it’s the one he most often requests me to make when he’s craving comfort food. He’s a college student now and recently became interested in cooking it himself, which inspired me to post the instructions in case I’m not available for a phone consult! This post is for you, Trent.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lay the chicken on a clean cutting board and season with salt and pepper.
I buy one pound packages of chicken that contain two large pieces, so I cut these in half to make four pieces total.
Line the baking dish with foil for easy clean up. Put the butter in the baking dish and melt it in the oven while the oven is preheating. Be sure to remove it as soon as the butter is melted so that it doesn’t burn.
While the butter is melting, dredge the chicken in the flour to coat both sides. Gently shake off the excess.
Now sprinkle the paprika liberally over the chicken. The paprika helps give the chicken a nice brown color.
Take the hot baking dish out of the oven. Lay the chicken, paprika side down, in the melted butter. Sprinkle paprika on the side facing up.
Put the chicken in the oven and bake for ten minutes; then turn it over and bake ten more minutes or when the juices run clear when cutting into the thickest part.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound of chicken breasts
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking dish with foil.
- Heat the butter in the baking dish until melted.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- If necessary, cut the chicken breasts into the desired number of pieces.
- Coat the chicken in flour.
- Sprinkle with one teaspoon of the paprika.
- Place the chicken, paprika side down, in the baking dish.
- Sprinkle the side facing up with the remaining teaspoon of paprika.
- Bake uncovered for ten minutes.
- Turn the chicken and cook about ten minutes longer or until juices run clear.