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Oven Fried Chicken & The Best Coleslaw EVER

Oven Fried Chicken Final 1 Oh-la my peeps! What is shakin’ in da hood?

I know, I really can’t pull off ‘that’ kind of talk. But, it’s hard to stop once you start…

s’up in da hood s’up!

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I have a problem…

Anyways, guess what!

You forgot to take your crazy pills this morning?

You ate a whole pie over the weekend?

You have officially gone off your rocker?

Oh you guys!! You are such jokesters, but since you asked: yes, yes and no.

And by no I mean yes. But only when referencing this utmost divine dinner. Crunchified, healthy chicken that is basically flavor central and cool coleslaw that is sweet, oniony and totally fressshhhh. So good you’ll seriously consider selling your soul to the devil himself for another plate of this food…

Which reminds me: last November I realized my husband is a coleslaw FREAK. He loves it. My father-in-law is also a coleslaw FREAK. It was 4 months ago that I made these life changing tacos for dinner but instead of the sesame slaw, I used this coleslaw recipe. Little did I know, I had made the holy grail of all slaws and it was deemed the best coleslaw. Ever. Ever ever ever. So I made it again and had the same results two weeks later.

Jackpot.

Then last night as I was making this coleslaw to go along with this gorgeous chicken, my husband had the audacity to ask “is that the good coleslaw?” Ummmm…..HELLO? Do I make a bad kind of coleslaw?  I don’t think so….

So, we enjoyed this easy and hassle free dinner and totally cleared our plates. Twice.

I am not ashamed.

Here’s how I made it: {PS- I know I talked all about the coleslaw, but the chicken is really good too! Promise!}

chicken 6 Lets start out with some chicken thighs. At the store, you can buy these babies pretty cheap because they have a bone in the middle of them with their skin still on. {I think I paid $2.36 for all 4!} Once I’m ready to roll with this chicken, I pull the skin off {it comes off pretty easily} and cut off any extra fat. It takes some time, but worth it! Also, be sure to rinse your chicken!!

chicken 4 Now comes the fun part. We’re going coat our chicken to build up a yummy crust. Crust=awesome. Layer one is just flour, salt and pepper.

chicken 2 Layer two is egg, milk, salt, pepper and….

Chicken 1 hot sauce! Because I like to live dangerously….and me and Frank go waaaaay back.

chicken 3 Layer 3 is panko, salt, pepper, cajun seasoning, paprika and…

chicken 5 peanut oil. Peanut oil? Yes! Since we are oven ‘frying’ these, we need some sort of grease. Feel free to use any oil you have or even melted butter would work nicely.

chicken breading steps So, to make this chicken, take one of those purdy lookin’ thighs and dip in in the flour, then egg and then panko. Set it on a baking tray and repeat. Stick these guys into a 375 degree oven and get workin’ on that coleslaw.

coleslaw 1 This slaw is super simple to make. Do not be deceived!! Just because this is seriously the best coleslaw in the world {or in my head…} doesn’t mean it’s hard or that I add any secret ingredients. It’s VERY straight forward. Chop up some cabbage, onion, carrot and chives. I happened to have chives on hand and that’s why I added them, but typically I never put them in.

coleslaw 2 For the dressing, I take a cup of mayo {aka–> REAL mayo…not low fat versions or miracle whip…..eeww}

coleslaw 3 and stir in some vinegar,

coleslaw 4 sugar, salt & pepper. {salt and pepper not pictured because I’m a bimbo.}

coleslaw 5 Stir this up to incorporate that vinegar into the mayo and pour it over all the veggies. It’s no big deal if it’s not perfectly smooth. :)

coleslaw 6 Toss everything together and stick this in the fridge until that chicken is done.

chicken 11 Speaking of which…..VOILA! Golden, crunchy, flavorful chicken is served!

Oven Fried Chicken Final 3 Juicy & spicy little guy!! Yum yum!

The Best Coleslaw Ever Final 1 Don’t forget that coleslaw either! Mmmmm….heaven!!

Hope you guys get to try these recipes out this week! :) Here’s the printable version of the recipes and don’t forget about that GIVEAWAY–make sure to enter! :) Happy Monday!

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Oven Fried Chicken & The Best Coleslaw EVER

Yield: 4 servings of chicken; up to 6 servings of coleslaw

Ingredients:

for the chicken-
4 chicken thighs, skin and extra fat removed & rinsed
1/2 cup all purpose flour + salt & pepper, to taste
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
3 dashes hot sauce + salt & pepper to taste
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil

for the coleslaw-
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 large carrot, grated
2 tablespoons chopped chives {optional}
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, non stick cooking spray or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a shallow bowl, stir together flour, salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, stir whisk together egg, milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper. In a third shallow bowl, stir together panko, cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and oil until evenly mixed. Dredge prepared chicken in flour. Dip into egg mixture. Press into panko breading and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden and chicken is completely cooked thoroughly.

For the coleslaw, place cabbage, onion, carrot and chives into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over top veggies and toss to coat. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. The longer this sits the better it tastes.

Serve chicken hot and coleslaw cold.

 

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48 Comments

  1. This may sound hilarious (It does to me)–my husband hates mayo, cream cheese and the like, but he loves coleslaw and cheesecake. I may make this for him, but I think I may add a radiccio in there for color. I’ll act like it isn’t mayo holding everything together! hahahaha!

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  2. ok, so, i’m not a fan of coleslaw BUT only because I’ve only ever had it at restaurants and it is gross. looking at yours, i want it..and i’ve never craved coleslaw before. so you’ve changed my life. also, i love the seasonings you added in the breading of the chicken — great flavors! and another thing (sorry, my comments are novels)..i’ve never seen peanut oil in grocery stores before..it’s so hard to find here, but now that you showed me a picture of it, with the planters guy, i’ll keep an eye out for him in the oil section!! :)

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  3. That chicken look amazing, I love the spicy coating and the fact that you used thighs – my favourites!!

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  4. I’m usually not a fan of coleslaw but this does sound amazing. And Frank’s with oven fried chicken? I’m IN!

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  5. ohhh – – this does make for a happy Monday!! This will have to happen, soon. Do you think I could convince someone to go home – make this for me – and then bring it back, so I can have it for lunch?

    …. it’s worth trying 😉

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  6. I’ve been making “baked fried chicken” for years but never thought to add peanut oil to the mix. Clever! The coleslaw looks delicious too. Can’t wait to try them!

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  7. Thanks, finally have the recipe for that yummy cole slaw. Be makin’ some soon.

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  8. I just stumbled upon your blog today, via Pinterest, and now have spent the better part of the day neglecting my children (OK, don’t call Child Protective Services, I haven’t really) to look at all of your delicious recipes and read about your life. This chicken looks delicious and just may be on our menu soon. Thanks!

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  9. This recipe sounds divine! I’m totally going to make this soon. I wish my boyfriend had the same enthusiasm about coleslaw as your hubby… my boyfriend will eat anything but coleslaw and pickles. :-(

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  10. Just like using Frank’s in the chicken, try a little dab of horseradish in the cole slaw dressing, and note how that really livens it up.

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  11. Ha!! You’re a bimbo??? Did you mean to write something else???

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  12. Yum, your chicken looks SO crunchy and crispy. I love that you’re using thighs too. And that slaw looks AH-FREAKING-MAZING. Will have to make both this week!

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  13. lauren,this all sounds great but I have a question. You mention the peanut oil in the recipe itself. But down in the instructions it doesn’t say what to do with it? Do you just pour it on the baking pan?I’m assuming that’s what you do?

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    • Lauren — February 28th, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      No, it does! You stir the oil in with the panko bread crumbs!

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  14. LOL, “oh you guys”…you are funny. And I love that being a bimbo is the reason you forget things :) If you say this is the best, I’ll have to try it and see if I can get my family on the coleslaw bandwagon. Come ooonnnnnn, summer!

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  15. I made the chicken tonight, my11 yr old that doesn’t eat ANYTHING had 2 pieces, ate every last crumb…and was looking for more. Made me a happy mom! This recipe is a keeper!!! Yummy!

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  16. Oh now I am craving cole slaw! and pulled pork… um yeah I know you wrote absolutely nothing about pulled pork but I do love a pulled pork piled high with coleslaw on a good hearty bun/roll! Divine! and now I have a “new” chicken recipe to try….after 18 years of not eating chicken we are making up for it now! My hubby reacted badly 18 years ago, tested highly allergic, then a few months ago had something with chicken in it unbeknownst to us and had NO reaction whatsoever. He was retested and had NO food allergies at ALL! Woo hoo happy day!! poultry and fish are in our diets once again!! :)

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  17. Looked so tasty I had to make it tonight! It was YUM!! The breading still looked a little light after 45 min in the oven so I turned on the broiler for the last few min and it was PERFECT. I also left the skin on half of them because I’m that kind of girl and I loved it. My husband ate the “healthy” ones (cause he’s that kind of guy) and he liked it too! Thanks for a great dinner idea!

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  18. Yum on both of these. The chicken looks like it’s cooked perfectly and the slaw looks so fresh and delish.

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  19. Lauren.thanks for answering my question on the peanut oil! Guess I missed it in the instructions.Must have been up to early! LOL>

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  20. i haven’t always had the best luck with oven frying my chicken, but you make it look so delicious and perfect, i just might have to try this!!

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  21. Wahoo! These recipes both look delicious. I’m always searching for a great coleslaw recipe and I’m happy to get to try yours. I even have all of the ingredients hanging out in my refrigerator at this very moment!

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  22. I found your blog on Pinterest, and I’ve made the no-fail pizza crust, stromboli, and making the oven-fried chicken and cole slaw for dinner tonight! The slaw is in the fridge now (saw your comment on the longer it sits, the better it tastes). Can’t wait to try the chicken! I love your blog and I am a huge fan. :) Thanks for sharing your love of cooking with the rest of us who also love to cook great meals for their families. :)

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  23. Anyone wondering if they should make this or not…. MAKE IT!!! I have never went back so many time for Coleslaw!!! The Chicken is AMAZING to say the least. When I first started to cook and tried fried chicken the oil poped and went into my eye and burned my arms so I have made it since but always a little afraid still… I will never go back to Fried Chicken on the stove since I found this (Its even better than regular fried chicken also!!!) Thank You Lauren

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  24. Made this tonight…awesome! Just wondered if anyone tried using different chicken parts? My husband really doesn’t like chicken thighs. That was fine with me tonight…means leftovers!

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    • Reeza — March 19th, 2012 @ 3:23 am

      Hi Maria! I’m not a fan of chicken thighs either so I used chicken breasts, cut into strips to make chicken fingers and it was still really juicy and delicious:)

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      • Maria — March 25th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

        Thanks, I will try it next time with the chicken breasts. Although I will admit we were craving this meal and I made it again today for my daughter and I and used the thighs…Haven’t tried the slaw yet, but I look forward to it. I love Cole slaw.

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  25. I made this for dinner tonight. It was awesome! The chicken was good BUT that coleslaw is the best EVER! It really is delicious, easy to make and so flavorful. I probably could have eaten the whole bowl. LOL Thanks so much for this recipe!

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  26. Really great coleslaw

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  27. This coleslaw was amazing! I made it for my daughters birthday party today and it was a hit! Everyone was telling me how much they loved it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  28. Made this tonight….awesome. I wanted to use a whole cut up chicken but none to be found, so I used boneless, skinless breasts. It was tasty, but would have been better with proper chicken pieces..next time! I also forgot to add the oil to the crumbs, but it was still good. Will definitely make again, with a better cut of chicken, the oil, maybe some grated parmesan?? and a splash more hot sauce! The coleslaw was, without question, the best I’ve ever had. Rave reviews. Thanks!

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  29. I’m thinking of doing this with drumsticks. Would you suggest taking the skin off of them? I have made the coleslaw TONS of times (I’m in the only one in the house that eats it) and it is soooo good. I just make the entire amount of dressing and make servings of it as I go.

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  30. Love the cole slaw recipe – I take it to a monthly potluck dinner/meeting and it is always a big hit.

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  31. Yumm yumm and did I say yumm. I made this tonight but I left the skin on. Love me some chicken skin. The coleslaw is about the same as the copy cat version of KFC. So good. Definitely on my monthly menu planner.

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  32. Oh my goodness…I made this last night and it was Ah-MAZE-ing! My kids and husband loved the chicken and the slaw. I paired it was country fries and needless to say, it was the perfect meal. THANK YOU! It’s going into “mom’s top 10 meals” says my 7-year-old!

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  33. Ok so I tried this for dinner today and OHMYGAAAAWD!
    The chicken is amazing. It made around 6 small boneless chicken thighs and the only change I made was sprinkling some grated parmasean cheese in with the flour mixture. And the coleslaw. Crunchy, creamy and soo soo good! And I normally don’t like coleslaw at ALL and haven’t eaten it in like a decade or so but this one is phenomenal and so easy to make! Thanks Lauren! I’ll be making it again and again

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    • Lauren — July 1st, 2014 @ 5:16 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it :)

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  34. I have prepared both recipes numerous times. My husband loves the tang in the slaw, the crispy exterior and the juicy interior of the oven fried chicken. Two winners. Thanx so much for sharing these recipes.

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