Buttermilk Oven "Fried" Chicken

This is truly the BEST oven baked “fried” chicken recipe. You soak it in buttermilk then coat it in a special crunchy coating of panko and cornflakes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked fried chicken, buttermilk oven fried chicken, oven fried chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 269kcal


For the chicken:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks skinned (or chicken thighs*)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika (I used smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (I used dried thyme instead)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • cooking spray

For the coating:

  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflake crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1.5 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder


  • For the chicken: In a medium bowl, season the chicken with the salt, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Pour the buttermilk and lemon juice over the chicken and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a rack on a baking sheet and lightly spray with oil.
  • For the coating: In a shallow bowl, combine the panko, cornflake crumbs, Parmesan, salt, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, dredge each piece in the crumb mixture, and put the pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray the tops of the chicken with oil.
  • Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.


*I recently tried bone-in, skinless chicken thighs and it went well! However, they did need an extra 15 minutes in the oven in order to reach a proper temperature, so expect a longer cook time.
Each serving (2 drumsticks) is 294 calories
This recipe is from my friend Gina's book the Skinnytaste Cookbook.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1624mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 9.7mg