Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 min
(As good as fried chicken, with less calories!!!)
For the Brine
- 1⁄2 cup kosher salt
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 4 cups hot water
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 10 chicken pieces, skin removed, pierced (breasts, thighs, legs)
For the Coating
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 -3 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup buttermilk (can be reduced fat)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Dissolve salt and sugar for the brine in hot water in a large bowl or container. Add the ice and stir to cool the mixture. Prepare the chicken pieces by removing skin and piercing with a meat knife. Add to brine and refrigerate for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 4-quart Pyrex baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine flour, pepper, salt, and paprika in a large, heavy bag. Remove chicken pieces from brine and pat dry. Place a few pieces of chicken in the flour mixture and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour and place on a rack. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Beat egg whites to soft peaks.
- Add buttermilk and stir gently. Dip floured chicken pieces in egg white mixture and place back into the seasoned flour bag. Shake. Gently transfer to a cooking rack. Repeat with remaining chicken.
- Heat oil in the prepared Pyrex dish by placing in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Set prepared chicken meaty side down into the hot dish. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove dish from oven and carefully turn chicken pieces over. Return to oven and roast 20 minutes more. Let chicken set about 15 minutes before serving.
This was my first attempt with brining. This is BETTER than fried chicken, moist and tender, crisp but not greasy. This is the best oven fried chicken I've ever made and the only recipe for it from now on! Made for Alphabet Soup Game. Thanks for posting a winner.
I have never heard of brining chicken but I gave it a try and I am so glad I did. Absolutely delicious, moist all the way through, so tender I could almost cut it with a fork. I cut the recipe because there was only three of us and now we don't have any leftovers! Next time I make the whole thing. Made for Pac, Spring 2008