NQN’s Crunchy Southern “Deep Fried” Chicken

Quick show of hands: who doesn’t like deep fried chicken? Anyone?

I haven’t met anyone who hates deep fried chicken. We may not savour them as often as we like due to obvious reasons, but just hearing those three words alone is sufficient to stimulate my salivary gland.

How I wish there’s no such thing as high cholesterol and saturated fat! How I wish  one day nutritionists will declare that fried chicken is healthy! Well, we can all agree that that day is never going to arrive. But as Nigella Lawson would say, it’s not all or nothing (quoting her in Nigella Bites).  There’s a middle ground: oven baked “fried” chicken.

Crunchy Southern “Deep Fried” Chicken

(adapted from Lorraine from NotQuiteNigella)

Serving size – unable to determine (depending how much of a glutton you are :P )

Note: Just so you know, I’ve seasoned the chicken directly instead of the flour, which, contrary to Lorraine’s method. If you ask why I did that, uhm, all I can say is “through force of habit” (sorry about the  unscientific answer :( ).  Chicken or flour, I reckon you can season whichever way you wish in this instance, right?


1 kg chicken wings or pieces

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper & black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 bunch parsley, chopped finely

1/4 cup of dry breadcrumbs

50grams/1.7 ozs finely grated cheese like reggiano or tasty

4 cups cornflakes

a little oil to drizzle or oil spray


1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line 2 baking trays with parchment.

2. Marinate the chicken with salt and pepper.

3. Place flour in a shallow plate. Beat eggs in a wide bowl until well beaten. Place the cornflakes in a ziplock bag and summon up your inner Jerry Springer (quoting from Lorraine) and bash at the cornflakes with a rolling pin.

Too lazy to find your rolling pin? Clench your fist and “hammer” it instead (which was what I’ve done).  Mix the cornflakes with the chopped parsley, breadcrumbs and parmesan and place on a large shallow plate.

3. Roll the chicken pieces in the flour, then roll them in the beaten egg and then the cornflakes.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Then take the chicken out of the oven and drizzle a tiny bit of oil (less than a teaspoon per wing really) and then place back in oven and cook for another 20 minutes.


24 Responses to NQN’s Crunchy Southern “Deep Fried” Chicken
  1. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    November 23, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    Your fried chicken looks so incredibly flavorful. I love the breading that you put on the chicken, it sounds delicious. And I can’t get over how gorgeous your photos are! :)

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:02 am

      Thanks Lindsey. I’m glad they turned out to be flavourful and crunchy. Thanks to the cornflakes and parmesan! When the baking was almost finish, I thought I smelled the similar scent as KFC (it’s a good thing in my book, hehehe!

  2. Ali
    November 23, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Your photos are delicious looking!

    Great recipe especially to get the deep fried flavor without the guilt.

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:03 am

      Hi Ali,

      Thanks the whole idea. I love X 10000 KFC bucket wings but everytime I had them, I feel like I need to stop eating for the next few days. With these, it just feels right…. :P

  3. meemsnyc
    November 23, 2010 | 8:31 pm

    Yum, I’ll have to try this. At least it’s baked, which is better than what I usually do.

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:05 am

      Ok, there’s some slight difference between baking and deep frying them. I still think deep frying tastes better, but this recipe is not too far behind. :) I hope you’ll enjoy it. :D

  4. Tania
    November 23, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    Look very tasty, great pictures!

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:05 am

      Thanks Tania. :)

  5. Alicia
    November 23, 2010 | 11:03 pm

    Brilliant recipe!
    I feel like everyone always wants fried chicken without having to deal with the mess! Looks yummy!

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:07 am

      Hi Alicia,

      Yeah I know right? I hate cleaning up after a deep frying operation and the potential risk of blistering from oil splatters, scares me a little. All the credits should go to Lorraine from NotQuiteNigella for this awesome recipe. :)

  6. Sara
    November 24, 2010 | 10:27 am

    With so many fried chicken recipes out there, this one is leading the fried chicken race.

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:08 am

      Hi Sara,

      I’m glad that you think that way, hehehe! Thanks for that, this is a huge compliment to me and the original person who wrote this recipe, Lorraine! :P

  7. Jun
    November 24, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    May I just say that this looks so much better than the original version? I can’t wait to try this out!

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:09 am

      Hi Jun,

      Thanks for your compliment. I hope that you’ll enjoy this recipe. :)

  8. Merlin
    November 27, 2010 | 9:47 pm

    I just made them, and they were absolutely delicious, a real hit in my family aswell! Kudos to you and sharing this :)
    Representing all the way from The Netherlands (Europe).

    • Emily
      November 28, 2010 | 1:10 am

      Thanks Merlin. Thanks for trying out the recipe and loving it! :D

      Representing from the land down under, Australia (Orange, New South Wales to be exact) :P

  9. Cindy
    November 29, 2010 | 7:24 am

    I wanna eat it! Especially it’s not even fried!

  10. Buy Online Food
    December 1, 2010 | 1:41 am

    This chicken recipe reminds me of Kentucky Fried Chicken. I love KFC. I agree that I wish there was no such thing as high cholesterol. If we cook one unhealthy food then we need to cook five healthy recipes.

    • Emily
      December 1, 2010 | 10:23 am

      Yeah the recipe does have the KFC vibe (minus the unthinkable amount of grease, of course!) This is what makes the recipe appeals to me, and hopefully to others too. Is that the universal number that I’m not aware of i.e. to cook five healthy recipes after one unhealthy food? I think I’ll crack after the second healthy recipe! ;)

  11. Arudhi
    December 7, 2010 | 1:15 am

    I just spent like 10 mins reading your posts, and I`m officially your fan now :D
    Although KFC always makes me happy, I try avoiding deep frying food in my kitchen because of the oil left over, the smell of oil in my small kitchen and on my hair, and yeah, the health reason. Never thought of baking a “fried” chicken other than chicken wings before. Will try this soon! Thanks!

  12. suzie
    March 8, 2013 | 10:01 pm

    hello emily.I am very new to the use of a computer.so, i really want to quit this 2nd time, and just thank you for your chicken recipie and i have saved you to favorites. i take care of my dad and cook for him. if i do it right, he will love it. thank you.

    • Emily
      March 8, 2013 | 11:32 pm

      Hi Suzie, thank you for your email. I hope you will great fun in cooking this recipe and most importantly ur dad will enjoy it. Happy cooking xoxo

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