Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

All the flavors of the deep fried chicken without all the extra fat and oily mess. These chicken thighs are coated with a seasoned Panko and baked until golden brown and perfectly crisp! You wouldn't believe how close they come to the real thing!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oven Fried Chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 8 (5 - 6 oz each) bone-in, skinless chicken thighs, visible excess fat trimmed


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a large wire rack over an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet, spray wire rack with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Pour Panko into a shallow mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss and rub with fingertips to evenly moisten.

  3. Add paprika, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste then toss.

  4. In a separate shallow mixing bowl whisk together egg whites, salt and pepper until slightly frothy.

  5. Working with one pieces of chicken at a time, dip both sides of chicken in egg white then transfer to Panko mixture and dredge both sides in mixture while pressing crumbs to adhere, sprinkle some crumbs over top as well and press.

  6. Transfer to prepared wire rack spacing evenly apart. 

  7. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and cooked through (center of thickest portion should register 165 on an instant read thermometer), about 50 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • If your oven generally browns more than average and you find the panko coating is getting darker than you'd like you can drape a sheet of foil over the chicken when needed and continue to bake through.
  • This method will work for boneless thighs or boneless chicken breasts too. Cook time will be about half but as always test to 165 degrees in center for doneness.