Oven Fried Chicken is so much healthier and more convenient than deep fried. In order to make the coating even tastier, this particular oven fried chicken recipe has the addition of parmesan cheese. I’m sure it will become a favourite for dinner or eaten cold at a picnic!
If you are looking for a dairy-free version of crumbed chicken, try the Paleo Chicken Cutlets.
Oven Fried Chicken Cooking Tips
I have been as confused, as I’m sure you have been, about what oils to use for cooking at different temperatures. At one stage, we were told not to cook with extra virgin olive oil, yet the chefs on cooking shows were still using it with abandon.
After hours of research about smoke points and extra virgin oils (the only ones I use), I have come to the conclusion that I can very safely use extra virgin olive and/or coconut oil for pan-frying and baking. However, I ensure I don’t go over a medium heat (halfway) on the stovetop, or over a moderate oven (175 degrees C or 350 degrees F) in the oven. I never deep fry food so I don’t have to worry about what to use there.
I mostly use olive oil as it is the cheapest but also use coconut oil when I prefer that flavour. Having said that, I have discovered a wonderful non-aerosol avocado oil sold in the Australian supermarket Woolworths. Though, drizzling the oil over the chicken works well too.
Oven Fried Chicken Ingredients Shopping
The more I learn about the way our food is manufactured by big companies, the more I am trying to buy organic. I want my eggs and meat from happy chickens that were free to roam and feed in a field, not cooped up in a small space. Hence, I keep my eye out for specials on organic products. Also, I now do most of my fresh food shopping at Farmer’s Markets. It may not be all organic but at least I feel better buying directly from a local farm.
I also don’t want to buy the meat or eggs from chickens that have been fed GMO corn. Do you know that one of the main reasons that most corn is genetically modified is to make it resistant to the herbicide glyphosate (think zero and roundup)? This herbicide is said to kill our beneficial gut bacteria and cause developmental and reproductive issues. If you are interested, you can read a short WebMD article about “Herbicides and Your Health” here.