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 wishΒ  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).Β  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 πŸ˜› )

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 theΒ  unscientific answer πŸ™ ).Β  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).Β  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.


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28 thoughts on “NQN’s Crunchy Southern “Deep Fried” Chicken

    • 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!

    • 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…. πŸ˜›

    • 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. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll enjoy it. πŸ˜€

    • 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. πŸ™‚

    • 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! πŸ˜›

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

    • Thanks Merlin. Thanks for trying out the recipe and loving it! πŸ˜€

      Representing from the land down under, Australia (Orange, New South Wales to be exact) πŸ˜›

  2. 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.

    • 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! πŸ˜‰

  3. I just spent like 10 mins reading your posts, and I`m officially your fan now πŸ˜€
    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!

  4. 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.

    • 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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