The easiest recipe for oven baked chicken

I am not a picky eater except when it comes to chicken. I often leave the questionable parts aside. But this recipe is so delicious that I literally picked every last bit of meat off of the bone. It tastes like fried chicken but it’s not! What’s even better is there is not much clean up if you use my secret technique (aka Ziploc bags instead of mixing bowls).

  • 12 chicken thighs, bone in
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Non stick cooking spray or oil mister

Remove the skin from the chicken with a knife. It comes off pretty easily on its own you just have to cut off the excess. Place the chicken in a gallon size Ziploc bag.

Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder and oregano to the bag.

Combine Dijon and light mayo in a small dish, mix, then add to the bag. Shake the bag so the chicken is well coated with the mixture.

Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator a couple of hours. I prepared the chicken the day before and allowed it to marinate over night.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lightly spray it with non stick cooking spray. Place oven rack in upper middle position.

Remove the Ziploc bag from the refrigerator. Add the bread crumbs to the bag and give it a nice shake to coat all sides of the chicken thighs.

Take the chicken out of the bag and arrange on the baking sheet. Use an oil mister or non stick cooking spray to lightly spray each piece of chicken.

Cook for 60 minutes, rotating the baking sheet one time halfway through. Remove and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

I served with asparagus and mushrooms. Both were so simple to make, I just placed them in separate pans in the stove over medium heat, added 1 tablespoon of butter in each pan, added salt and pepper, and cooked for about 10 minutes. You can prepare this while the chicken is in the oven! Enjoy!

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