This month’s Costco Connection had a recipe for “fried” chicken that looked pretty good, so we decided to give it a try.  It was pretty good.  And it wasn’t too difficult, messy, or time-consuming either.  Maybe we’ll try it again sometime!  Then Wayne came across some Yahoo article on the perfect fried chicken, which had an additional step of soaking the chicken pieces in a brine solution overnight before coating and frying them. He wants to try that version some day as well, so we’ll keep you posted. Here’s my variation of the Costco recipe.

Oven “Fried” Chicken

8 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
2 tablespoons cooking oil

for the marinade:
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper

for the coating:
2 cups fine bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon thyme

Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the chicken pieces.  Stir to coat, then cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.

Grease a large baking pan with the oil and set aside.  Combine coating mix ingredients in a large bowl (or bag). Using tongs, remove a piece of chicken from the marinade, place it in the crumb mixture to coat, then in the baking pan.  Repeat with each piece.  Bake the chicken at 400° for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Serve warm, or chill overnight to take on a picnic. (Use a cooler.)