Baked "fried" Chicken Thighs

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

My husband and I love comfort food like fried chicken. But, in order to keep our diet lower in fat, we make this delicious recipe instead. The chicken comes out crispy on the outside and moist inside. The coating has a little "bite" to it but you can adjust the red pepper to your taste. We both prefer dark meat and when thighs (or legs) go on sale we stock up to make this family favorite. We tried it with chicken breasts but felt it was too dry for our liking. I often serve this chicken with my spicy rice and kale.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 15 1/2" x 10 1/2" baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cornmeal, ground red pepper, garlic powder and Old Bay if using. In another bowl beat the egg white and salt together until foamy.
  3. Dip each thigh in egg, then in the crumb mixture. Place "skin-side" up on baking sheet. Spray thighs lightly with the olive oil cooking spray.
  4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until juices run clear and the coating is crispy.
  5. Serve garnished with green onions.


Most Helpful

I only made 2 breasts and it still turned out wonderful. I didn't use the egg white -- sprayed with olive oil. It was perfect for us. Made for Alphabet Tag Game 2009.

nemokitty October 30, 2009

This was a big hit at our dinner table tonight. E Z recipe too. Tasty, no skin, rather healthy served with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes too.

dogtreatchef March 03, 2009

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