Oven Fried Chicken

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This oven “fried” chicken is golden and extra crispy from a secret ingredient – bran flakes! It’s moist yet still light since little oil is used. You can also make it in the air fryer!

Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks
Oven Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is my favorite food!! But I never fry at home, so when I crave fried chicken I make it in the oven or air fryer! This If you want to eat healthy but not sacrifice flavor,your family will love this! I skin the chicken, then cover the it with a mayo-Dijon mixture that makes it juicy, then  coat it with bran flakes seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder. For more healthy “fried” chicken recipes, try these  Baked Chicken Breasts, Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich, and Air Fryer Chicken Tenders.

Fried Chicken Drumsticks

How To Make Healthy Fried Chicken in the Oven

I start by removing the skin, and coating the chicken in a crushed, seasoned cereal like bran flakes. The key to getting the chicken crispy is to set a wire cooling rack on top of a foil- lined baking sheet. That way the hot air can circulate under the chicken to ensure it cooks evenly, and the coating doesn’t get soggy from sitting in the chicken juices.

What to Serve with Oven Fried Chicken

This easy oven fried chicken recipe would be delicious served with corn on the cobb, Loaded Mashed Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cheese Twice-Baked Potatoes, or Smashed Sweet Potatoes. For some veggie ideas, try Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots with Balsamic Glaze or Roasted Parmesan Green Beans.


  • Swap – Swap drumsticks for chicken thighs or breasts.
  • Swap – Sub bran flakes for corn flakes.
  • No food processor, no problem – If you don’t have a food processor, put the bran flakes in a plastic bag and smash them with a mallet or heavy can.
  • Milder palettes – Feel free to omit the cayenne if you don’t want your chicken to be spicy.
  • Sodium – This recipe calls for kosher salt, which is less salty than regular table salt. If you’re watching your sodium intake, feel free to reduce the amount, and if you’re not using kosher, start with one teaspoon of regular salt.
  • Gluten-free – To make this “fried” chicken gluten-free, sub the bran flakes for Rice Chex or gluten-free panko.
  • Air Fryer – To make in the air fryer, cook the chicken in two batches at 400 degrees for 22-24 minutes.

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Oven Fried Chicken

4.79 from 23 votes
This oven “fried” chicken is extra crispy from a secret ingredient – bran flakes! It’s moist yet still light since little oil is used. You can also make it in the air fryer!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 drumstick


  • 6 large bone-in drumsticks skin removed
  • 2 1/2 cups bran flakes 4 1/2 ounces* (use gluten-free corn flakes for GF)
  • 3 tsp kosher salt less if you are using regular salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup Hellman's light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Oil spray


Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and set a rack above. Spray rack with oil.
  • Crush the bran cereal in a food processor or chopper until fine.
    bran flakes crushed
  • In a mixing bowl combine the crushed cereal with the remaining salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  • Place in a shallow dish or ziplock bag.
  • Combine mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.
  • Using a cooking brush, brush onto chicken then coat chicken with crushed cereal mixture.
    Fried Chicken Drumsticks on a rack
  • Place chicken on wire rack and spray with oil.
    crispy baked chicken on a wire rack
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through in the center and golden brown on the outside, and reaches an internal temp of 165F.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Directions:

  • Spray the tops of the chicken with oil and air fry 370F 22 to 24 minutes, turning the chicken halfway and spraying the top again, until the crumbs are golden and the chicken is cooked through.

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*1 3/4 oz gets tossed after so its subtracted from n.i.
also 2 tablespoons of the mayo gets tossed after, also subtracted.


Serving: 1 drumstick, Calories: 184 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 21 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 91.5 mg, Sodium: 861.5 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 1 g


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175 comments on “Oven Fried Chicken”

  1. I am GF so I took some GF stuffing and put it in the food processor. Then I added the spices and followed the recipe from there. Worked great.

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    Dolores Othman



  3. This was delicious. Air fryer/chicken legs/corn flakes crumbs. Coated the legs with mayo-mustard. Sprinkled the crumb mixture on top. Found this easier than rolling in the mixture. Will certainly repeat the recipe. 

  4. I made this last night but I used boneless, skinless chicken breast. I decreased the time from 45 min to 25 min and it was perfect. Crispy coating and the chicken was juicy!
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. This is super easy, really delicious and very moist, but the salt amount (even for someone who loves salt) is way too high. I used kosher salt and probably could have cut it down to one teaspoon. I also personally need a rack to raise the chicken off the cooking sheet (the bottom layer of coating was soggy). Will make again with much less salt and raised up on a rack. 

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    Rachel Gentry

    I’ve got this in the oven now! I could not get my batter to lay flat on the chicken. Kinda clumpy, what’s the trick?

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      Dolores Othman

      Try putting in fridge for 15 minutes before putting in oven or air fryer.

      Did you baste it with the mayo and Dijon mustard?

  7. Made this last night and it was excellent. I did not follow the measurements exactly listed here for the breading – I sort of just eyeballed it and tasted it to make sure it had enough salt/spice/garlic. Cooked in the air fryer, the chicken was moist, crispy on the outside and I couldn’t believe we had a much healthier option than KFC/Popeyes so easily made! Will definitely be making this again.

  8. I wish I had read all the comments about the salt before I made this the first time. I will cut back on the salt the next time I make this. I will make it again.