A family favorite, true comfort food, and an easy dinner recipe, easy Southern Oven-Fried Chicken, has crispy, fried to perfection crust, juicy, flavorful meat, fewer calories, and less mess than classic fried chicken.
First, mix two cups of water and two tablespoons of kosher salt in a large bowl to brine the chicken. Next, add the thighs and make sure they are completely submerged. Cover, and refrigerate for at least four hours, up to 24 hours.
When you are ready to bake the thighs, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove the poultry from the refrigerator, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.
Place the butter in a 9x13 metal roasting pan.
Place the pan in the oven to allow it to heat up and the butter to melt. Watch it carefully, and don't let the butter burn; you want the thighs to start cooking as soon as they hit the pan.
While the pan is heating, place the flour, remaining salt, and pepper in a large plastic storage bag. Add the thighs, a piece at a time, and shake well until it's thoroughly coated. Shake off any excess flour and repeat with the rest of the chicken.
Remove the pan from the oven and place the thighsn in it, skin side down.
Oven-fry the chicken for 30-40 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown and crispy.
Remove from the oven and use a spatula and turn the chicken over. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the oven, and drain on paper towels.
If desired, season with additional salt and pepper and serve immediately.
For the maximum flavor, be sure to plan ahead and start brining your chicken the morning before or even the night before cooking it.Instead of a bowl, you can use a large plastic storage bag to brine and store the chicken.You can substitute bone-in skin-on chicken breasts for chicken thighs. However, If they are large, cut them into equal thirds so they will cook evenly.