Oven Fried Ranch Chicken

08 September 2012

Oven Fried Ranch Chicken
Oven Fried Ranch Chicken

This chicken is absolutely yummy.  Best part of it is, it uses very little fat, unlike most oven-fried chicken recipes.  In fact, you can eliminate the fat entirely if you are using leg quarters or thighs with the skin on.  Breasts, because of the low fat content (even with skin on) will require the fat, as well as skinless parts.  Chicken is very juicy and flavorful due to the brining process. 

I serve this many times cold with my Herbed Potato Salad with Pesto Aoli and a green salad.  Nice hot too with either a baked potato or mashed and whole steamed green beans. 

Oven Fried Ranch Chicken
  • 1 whole frying chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup flour or baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1 envelope dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 tbs butter/margarine OR olive oil
  • Brine
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher (coarse) salt

Prepare brine by mixing all ingredients.  Place chicken parts in a deep bowl or a large plastic container with a lid (such as Lock & Lock).  Pour brine over chicken; cover.  Place in refrigerator for 2-4 hrs--no longer.  If you want to brine overnight, I suggest using buttermilk instead, as I learned the hard way when I forgot about the chicken and ended up with very salty chicken!!!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place butter or olive oil in a 13 x 9 baking dish.  Place pan in oven to melt butter or heat oil.  Once heated/melted, distribute across the bottom of the pan.

Prepare coating mix by mixing flour and dressing mix in a large plastic bag.   Place 2 pieces at a time in the bag and shake well to cover chicken.  Place in baking pan skin side down.

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 min; turn chicken skin side up and bake an additional 15-20 min or until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear. 


granny1940 said...

how am i supposed to print the recipe if all the daily meal captions are across the top where the print button is?

Judith Hannemann said...

There's a green print button in the footer of the post. All the way down the bottom. If you can't see that, then you can use the browser's print function (under FILE at the very top) but that will print everything on the page, including the background.

ebbtide said...

Do you have the nutritional values on this chicken recipe?

Judith Hannemann said...

Just posted them. I'm trying to get to all my older entries with this info.

Betsy Cohen said...

I LOVE fried chicken but HATE the mess. This looks like the perfect solution!!

Judith Hannemann said...

I'd love to tell you it is Betsy--but this is pretty messy too. Your hands get gloopy from the coating but at least you don't have oil splattered all over your stove from frying!!!!


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