Oven Fried Chicken with Honey Garlic Sauce is an easy sheet pan meal. Chicken that tastes deep fried when biting into it, using a simple technique to get the chicken super crispy with no need for deep frying.
I wish a plate of this was in front of me again. It was gone too soon… Oven Fried Chicken with Broccoli + Honey Garlic Sauce! Now this is the perfect meal for a fussy eater and even just for a regular family dinner!
Oven Fried Chicken
Searching the inter webs for oven fried chicken, I’d constantly run into recipes that pour oil into the baking tray to deep fry the chicken pieces in the oven, but we found every piece would turn out so oily.
Mixing the oil into the breadcrumbs nails it down to an earth shattering crunch. BUT. don’t just use any breadcrumb. To get the ultimate crunch, use Panko, which is a Japanese-style breadcrumb easily found in the Asian section of any supermarket.
The honey garlic sauce to go with it is crazy delicious!
This is the result of my children begging me for KFC. I love you children, but I love our health even more. It took me a few months to perfect this recipe and getting the crunchy textured coating perfect.
To make it easier, I set up a work station with flour, egg wash and the breadcrumb / oil mixture, with the baking sheet close by to work one by one. Coat, dip, dredge, place on baking sheet. Repeat.
Bake in the oven with a light spray of cooking oil, and half way through cooking, add your prepared broccoli to the baking sheet. Of course, you can use chicken drumsticks, tenders or breast.
Drizzle with Honey Garlic Sauce.
And you have a sheet pan dinner done in 45 minutes (not including prep time).
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- 2 broccoli heads , washed and dried, cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 6 skinless chicken thighs, bone in*
- Salt and pepper to season
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoky)
- 1 3/4 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, to serve
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or white or apple cider) optional**
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with baking / parchment paper or spray a nonstick tray with cooking oil spray; set aside.
Add the broccoli to a bowl with the oil, garlic, salt and pepper, mix to combine. Set aside.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set up a work station with 3 shallow bowls. To one bowl, add the flour and set aside. In the second bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic powder, the 3/4 teaspoon of salt and paprika. In the third bowl, mix the Panko with the vegetable oil (I find it easier to use my hands).
Working one by one, evenly coat the chicken in the flour, then dip into the egg mixture, then dredge in the Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Place onto prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken thighs.
Lightly spray each chicken thigh over the top with cooking oil spray (this is optional, but I have found it to crisp the chicken even more). Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and arrange the broccoli next to or around the chicken, and place back into the oven to cook for a further 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through; the crust is crispy and golden brown, and the broccoli is tender-crisp (Note: flip the broccoli after around 10 minutes if you find the tops charring).
While the chicken is in the oven, prepare the Honey Garlic Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine honey soy sauce, vinegar (if using) and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and quickly reduce heat to low. Pour the prepared cornstarch mixture into the saucepan and stir through until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes). Set aside and allow to cool.
Garnish chicken with parsley and serve immediately with the honey garlic sauce.
*Drumsticks can also be used. If you want to substitute with breast or tenders, reduce baking time down to 20 minutes and add the broccoli at the start of cooking instead of halfway through as the recipe suggests.
**I love the addition of vinegar in the sauce to cut throughout the sweetness of the honey, but have made it without and it's sweeter but just as good too.
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