| | |

Southern Crumbed Fried or Oven Baked Chicken

Toasted bread with southern fried chicken and salad sandwhich

Kids and adults alike love this Southern fried (or oven baked) Chicken recipe.  Another great quick and easy meal that everyone will eat.  I like to use fresh bread crumbs if I’m going to bake these little gems. They crisp up beautifully and help hold in the moisture of the chicken.

Does Deep-Fried chicken taste better than Oven Baked or Air Fried?

We had our guests “taste test” our recipes at our Open Day 2016, and found that many couldn’t tell the difference. If you deep fry and get the temperature right and drain the chicken well it doesn’t have to be too greasy, although it is a lot messier to make and clean up. So, I guess you get to choose which one you prefer, or make both and do the taste test on your family or friends….

Classes if you are local (Melbourne) or Zooms from anywhere 🙂
Oven Baked Chicken cooling on a rack.
Chicken cooling on a rack

My Southern Fried Blend is in my Spice eBook although most supermarkets do sell a blend as well. If your not fussed about homemade you can grab one next time you shop. I also have another recipe for oven baked chicken, it’s even quicker than the one on this page. Super quick and easy method with minimal fuss that’s what we like isn’t it? Perhaps a little unconventional, but it gets made a lot at our place, so you need to try it before you judge it.

A cooling rack of crumbed baked chicken

Southern Fried or Oven Baked Chicken

5 from 4 votes

5 stars tells us you love the recipe

Southern fried (or oven baked) chicken is an easy meal that the whole family will love. I don't know any children that don't like crunchy chicken served in a wrap.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Method Deep Fryer, Oven or Air fryer


  • Deep fryer (optional)
  • Air fryer (optional)


  • 500 g of chicken sliced into strips. (I prefer to use thigh fillets here and if you have time to, marinate them in buttermilk the night before, that’s even better.)
  • 15 g or 1 Tablespoon of Bec’s Southern-fried spice mix Or shop bought blend
  • 60 g plain flour
  • 2 slices of bread any type you like, even multigrain is nice
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp soy


  • Sift or whisk around three-quarters of the spice mix with the plain flour to combine well and set aside
  • Add your bread and the remainder of the spice mix to a food processor and turbo a few times to reduce the crumb to the desired size.
  • In a separate bowl add the egg and soy and whisk a little to break up.
  • Set up your dredging station.
  • Bowl for the flour/spice mix.
  • Bowl for the egg mix (to act as the glue)
  • Bowl for the crumb/spice mix.
  • Take a piece of chicken and coat in the 1st bowl (flour mix)
  • Now dip into the egg wash mix
  • Then coat with the breadcrumb spice mix.
  • Set aside and continue with this process for the remainder of your chicken. (I like to set it on a cake rack as I go.)

Cooking – Oven baked method

  • If you choose to use the oven method, I like to spray a little oil onto the surface to help brown and crisp the coating. I use rice bran oil or olive oil spray here.
  • Pop them on a cake rack or similar so the air can circulate around them. Bake in a 180c or 160c fan oven until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Turn them over halfway through the baking to ensure even cooking. Depending on how thick you’ve cut the strips, bake between 15 and 25 mins.

Cooking – Air Fryer method

  • Too easy, place them on your air fryer rack or sit them in the base of your air fryer basket and set your air fryer to 180­°c cook for 15+ minutes depending on how thick they are. If they're drumsticks you may have to set for as long as 35 mins. Remember to make sure you've cooked them through, when the juices run clear they're done.


Bec’s Tips:
My southern spice blend is in my Spice Blend eBook but you can purchase something similar from the supermarket.  I prefer to have some of those numbers left out so I make my own. 

Want to know more?

Why not make your own spice? Its easy.

gif link to our spice ebook bundle

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating