Oh my Gawd absolute best oven fried chicken

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 10 lbs chicken parts (best to buy chicken leg quarters)
  • plain bottled Italian salad dressing (as needed)
  • Italian breadcrumbs (with cheese)


  1. Skin chicken using paper towels to grab chicken skin so it won't slip when pulling it off.
  2. Cut chicken into individual parts.
  3. Use two bowls big enough to hold a chicken part.
  4. Half fill one with dressing, and the other with bread crumbs.
  5. Use as many oven baking pans as you need.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil, then spray foil with non-stick cooking spray, or coat with oil.
  7. When coating the chicken, use this method to avoid a mess:
  8. Grab a chicken part with your LEFT HAND, and place it in the bowl with the dressing in it, then coat the chicken with the dressing.
  9. Then again with your LEFT HAND, grab the chicken and shake the excess oil off of it, and place it in the bread crumbs bowl, using the same LEFT HAND.
  10. In the bread crumb bowl:
  11. Grab a small amount of crumbs with your clean RIGHT HAND and sprinkle them on top of the chicken, then again with your RIGHT HAND, press the crumbs into the chicken, then flip back and fourth while pressing the crumbs into the chicken.
  12. With your RIGHT HAND again, place the chicken into the baking pan, making sure that each piece of chicken doesn't touch each other, or the sides of the pan.
  13. You do this to permit even browning on all sides of the chicken.
  14. Repeat exact procedure with each chicken part.
  15. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, then check next to bone for doneness.
  16. Be prepared for marvelous chicken like you never tasted before.
  17. NOTE: Skinning the chicken is not necessary, but if you don't eat the skin, it is recommended.
  18. If you remove the skin just before eating the chicken, then you remove the delicious Italian bread crumbs, and the cheese taste.
  19. Here in New Orleans at Kmart, the large bottles of dressings go on sale for$1 each, and I stock up.


Most Helpful

Think this is a great tasting recipe, however, I think that adding some spices (i.e., chili, Tabasco, or similar) would "spike" it up a little more...but then I like my foods hotter and spicy flavored.....with some "zing" to it. So that's what I add whenever I try this recipe. It might work pretty well with fish too, as this is pretty much a mainstay item on my menu....seafood of all kinds,lake trout, bass, bluegill, catfish, etc. Know Cajun Chef and he's a remarkable cook...! If you were to add oven baked potato wedges, a good grouping o of salad greens, a small french roll and a glass of great wine, this would be every bit as good as what you'd eat is one of New Orleans (or anywhere's) famous restuarants...why eat out? Home cookin' is better.....and it's prepared with love.... So, get your aprons on gals...fix your next meal with love--that's the best ingredient of all...Tator02@aol.com

Arly October 28, 2001

I cut this one in half with no problems. The taste of the dressing, combined with the breadcrumbs with cheese was really nice. It was very crispy. I baked potatoes right along with the chicken, so the meal was certainly an easy one!

MizzNezz April 17, 2002

My husband stated this was the best *censored* chicken he'd had in a long time. It was good to me too, but not spectacular. However, it was simple, fast and gave me free time to worry about my side dishes.

~*Sarah*~ December 09, 2009

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