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Flavorful, delicious and healthy! This Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken is kid-friendly, perfectly spiced, super easy and quick to make. It is a simple recipe that will be a hit with your family!

Oven Fried Chicken and sauce

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This chicken is marinated in a mixture of buttermilk and egg, which makes it super moist and flavorful. The coating is a mixture of flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal and spices, which gives the chicken a crispy exterior.

This buttermilk chicken is oven-fried, not deep-fried, so it’s a healthier and lighter version of the classic southern dish. And it only takes about 30 minutes (excluding marinating time) to make, which makes this chicken great for quick easy dinners!

I love that it is also very kid-friendly. My kids love to help me when I make this recipe!

Why You Should Marinate this Chicken in Buttermilk

Marinating chicken in buttermilk is a classic southern cooking technique. It not only add flavor, but also tenderizes the chicken, making it very moist.

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use plain yogurt or milk with a little lemon juice, white vinegar, or pickle juice.

What to Serve with Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken on a plate.

Ingredients for Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Marinade

Chicken Breasts: Use thin cut chicken breasts, or use a meat mallet to flatten the chicken, then cut into strips. Chicken thighs can also be used.

Buttermilk: I like to use whole milk buttermilk for this recipe, but you can also use low-fat buttermilk or non-fat.

Egg: This helps the marinade to adhere to the chicken.

Chicken Coating

Butter: The butter will be used to help “fry” the chicken in the oven. Vegetable oil can be substituted.

All-Purpose Flour: This is the main flour used in the coating.

Breadcrumbs: I like to use panko bread crumbs, but you can also use regular breadcrumbs.

Cornmeal: This adds a little bit of crunch to the coating.

Seasonings: Salt, Garlic Powder, Season Salt, Poultry Seasoning, Black Pepper, and Paprika.

Optional Seasonings: Onion Powder, Parmesan Cheese, Chili Powder, Red Pepper Flakes

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How to Make Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

[1] Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size or chicken strip size pieces and place chicken in a gallon-size ziplock bag or a shallow dish. Combine buttermilk with the egg and pour buttermilk mixture to the bag. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Step one: Marinate chicken in buttermilk

[2] Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place 4-6 tablespoons of butter on a baking sheet. Place it in the oven to melt.

Step 2: Place pats of butter on a sheet pan to place Oven Fried Popcorn Chicken on.

[3] Combine the breadcrumb mixture ingredients in a separate gallon size bag and add chicken to the plastic bag, using a slotted spoon. Shake the chicken in the bag to ensure it is covered with the flour mixture.

Step 3: Place Oven Fried Popcorn Chicken in a bag with coating ingredients.

[4] Place chicken pieces on the baking sheet.

Step 3: Oven Fried Popcorn Chicken arranged on a baking sheet.

[5] Bake the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes.

[6] Remove the pan of chicken from the oven and turn over using silicone tongs

[7] Bake for 10 more minutes until golden brown and the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165 degrees F. 

[8] Serve this delicious Oven Fried Popcorn Chicken with Garlic Parmesan Dipping Sauce or Copycat Chick-fil-a Sauce.

Oven Fried Popcorn Chicken on a Plate.

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How to Store and Reheat Oven Fried Chicken

Oven fried chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

You can also reheat this chicken in the microwave. Place the chicken on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave in 30-second intervals until heated through.

My favorite way to reheat this chicken is in an air fryer.Place the chicken in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Chicken Variations

This recipe is great because of it’s versatility. You can serve this as a whole chicken breast, chicken strips, chicken tenders, or even chicken nuggets!

Best Sauces for Fried Chicken

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Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken on a plate.

Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Passive Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

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Buttermilk Marinade

  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg

Chicken Coating

  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika


Marinade Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a gallon sized bag.
  2. Mix buttermilk and egg together and pour over chicken.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.

Fried Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the butter and place on baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the oven to melt the butter while you are preparing the chicken.
  2. Combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, salt, seasoned salt, pepper and paprika in a separate ziplock bag.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade with a slotted spoon and place in the seasonings bag.
  4. Shake the bag until all chicken pieces are covered.
  5. Remove pan from oven and spread butter around.
  6. Place popcorn chicken on the pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Flip chicken over with tongs and cook on the other side for 10 more minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and place on a paper towel. Serve.


If not serving immediately, place the chicken on a paper towel when removed from the oven.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1674mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

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Saturday 21st of July 2018

Are you supposed to put the cornmeal into the flour coating mixture before breading? Didn’t see it listed in the instructions. Thanks.


Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Yes, I'll get that fixed in the recipe :)

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