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By midweek I am a little busy, and not as creative or up for cooking an intricate meal. Rather than pick up pizza or fast food, I have found a few recipes that only take a few moments of prep, but allow my family to have a delicious home-made meal.
I am excited to share with you today my personal recipe for chicken. I was not sure if I should call this baked chicken or oven fried chicken, because it isn’t really either. It is kind of in between so I am calling it lightly fried chicken. It is super simple and easy to make.
All you need is frozen (or thawed) chicken fryer pieces, I prefer dark meat, but any fryer pieces would work. Olive Oil (or vegetable oil) and seasonings and an oven. You will have a delicious meal of chicken, and I will even suggest some easy sides.
To start, line a cookie sheet or other pan with tin foil (this will make for easy clean up later on).
Pour a generous amount of olive oil (or vegetable oil) on your pan and spread it out using a basting brush (or even paper towels). Spread your seasonings across the bottom. I personally use Johnny’s Seasoning Salt, McCormick’s Poultry Seasoning, and Durkee’s Fried Chicken Seasoning. You can use fresh seasoning if you want, but remember, I am usually making this when I need something quick and easy.
Put your fryer pieces on your pan/cookie sheet. Spray (or coat with a basting brush) the tops of the chicken with olive oil. Season the tops. Place in an oven at 400° F for 90 minutes for frozen or 60 minutes for thawed chicken. Be sure to cook chicken until a meat thermometer shows the internal temperature at 180°.
If you have time, I like to make fresh vegetable sides. Our favorite is oven roasted red potatoes because we can throw them in the oven with the chicken, but if nothing else, get a bag of frozen vegetable steamers and make them your side.
Serve with a roll, fresh bread, and maybe some lemonade. Completely delicious! Will you be trying out this chicken recipe?