Healthy Baked Fried Chicken!

As we all know when you make the change over to the healthy lifestyle you’re bound to miss some of the foods you used to eat. Fried Chicken is one of those things that everyone just loves for dinner from time to time, and of course if you’re trying to live healthier you probably should stay away from fried foods. Well then that means no fried chicken! OH NO!

Well what if I told you I found one of the most delectable baked fried chicken that actually tastes as juicy and as delicious as the real thing. Yup, that’s right, you heard me. Give this a try and you will not regret it!



  • 10 chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fine cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Spice Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon salt (it won’t taste salty)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (may sub. regular)
  • teaspoon onion powder

(When you go to make this and you already have a great spice mixture that you love, use yours. Or if you go by this spice mixture and you feel it needs more or less, feel free to  adjust to taste.)

  1. Mix Spices together in a small seal-able bag. Add 1 tablespoon Spices, 1 cup buttermilk and chicken to a large freezer bag and marinate 6-24 hours. Store remaining spices.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large rimmed baking tray with parchment paper (if you try to use foil the chicken will stick). Add butter (or cooking spray) to baking tray and melt in oven while it preheats. Remove baking tray once butter is melted or spray is warm). Takes about two minutes.
  3. Mix together flour, panko, cornmeal and remaining spices in a large bowl. Add half of this breading mixture to a large freezer bag or brown paper bag.
  4. Remove chicken tenders from buttermilk and allow excess marinade to drip off (I line my sink with paper towels then dab the chicken with paper towels as I add them to the breadcrumb mixture.)
  5. Add half of the chicken to the breadcrumb bag and shake until well coated, pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken with your fingers through the bag. Lay breaded chicken in butter on baking tray. Add remaining breadcrumb mixture to bag along with remaining chicken and repeat.
  6. Bake at 400F degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden then carefully flip chicken and bake another 5 minutes then broil to desired crispiness.
  7. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

As stated before, feel free to change up the recipe to your taste. Look at recipes as guidelines rather then rules. When you finally figure out what works for you, looks like you found yourself your very own recipe! So try this recipe for a healthier alternative to fried chicken. Let us know how this works out for you and keep living that healthy lifestyle.



The original recipe (without any changes) was found here at Carls Bad Cravings



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