Cornmeal-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 25m
Ready In

"This has a really nice crispy, flavorful originated from Gourmet Magazine...enjoy! Cooking time does not include marinating time."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (346.6 g)
  • Calories 502.6
  • Total Fat - 24.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8 g
  • Cholesterol - 635 mg
  • Sodium - 1071.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 22.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 4.6 g
  • Protein - 47.2 g
  • Calcium - 141.8 mg
  • Iron - 7.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a large bowl whisk, together buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, shallots, thyme, 1 tsp of the salt, and 1 tsp of the cayenne, add the chicken, stirring to coat it with the marinade, and let it marinate, covered and chilled, stirring occasionally for 3 hours or overnight. (I put everything in a large zip lock bag.).

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, make the egg wash by mixing together the eggs, water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Step 4

In another large bowl combine the cornmeal, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, remaining 1 tsp salt, paprika and the remaining 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper. (I put everything in a large zip lock bag, and coat the pieces two at a time.).

Step 5

Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon, letting the excess marinade drip off, dip it in the egg wash, and dredge it in the cornmeal mixture, shaking off the excess.

Step 6

Arrange the chicken in a one layer onto a rack and let it dry for 30 minutes.

Step 7

(The chicken may be prepared up to this point 6 hours in advance and kept covered loosely and chilled.).

Step 8

Arrange the chicken, skin side up, in one layer in a lightly oiled jelly-roll pan, drizzling the butter over it, and bake it in the middle of the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until it is done and crisp.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This is so good! I should have read the recipe earlier as I missed about marinating the chicken for a few hours, so mine was only marinated for about 30 min. Otherwise I made as directed just using chicken thighs to wonderful crispy and tender chicken which we all enjoyed. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(21 Apr 2021)


Excellent chicken! Nice and crispy on the outside, while remaining tender on the inside. The flavor was wonderful. Thank you!

review by:
(12 Feb 2017)


Wow, was this ever good Teresa. We really enjoyed the chicken prepared this way. Made as written and wouldn't change a thing. The crust was crispy and very flavorful, the chicken was tender and juicy. Simply perfect. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Made for First Time Tag. Kudos on making it into my Favorites Cookbook for 2016

review by:
(18 May 2016)