Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Best Oven Fried Chicken Ever {with Creamy Honey Mustard}

Soooo.... I don't know if you guys realize what an emotional trauma it can be for me to post a recipe for you sometimes. Take this chicken for instance. I had made it about a week ago and stashed the recipe away in my room. But since then, one of my sisters wanted to make it again for dinner, so I let her borrow it, thinking she would get it back to me when she was done. Bad decision on my part.

Today I enlisted everyone in the fam to search for the lost recipe, but to no avail. So I had been sitting here racking my brain all morning, trying to remember what in the world I put in this chicken, fuming mad and ranting about all the unfairnesses of life, when suddenly my sister (a different one than the afore mentioned recipe "borrower") heard me grumble the word, "honey mustard".

"Ohhh... you mean this honey mustard recipe..." she said sheepishly, fishing her hand into her own personal recipe box, "I just found it laying around on the counter."

One enraged animal growl of fury later, I actually looked at the newly found recipe and realized that I had not even included any measurements. Simply a vague list of ingredients.

So in the recipe below you will see my attempt of a translation of my own imprecise words. It should be pretty good since I actually make this chicken all the time so all I had to think was, "What would I do if I was making this chicken right now?"

The real secret to the yumminess and easiness of this chicken is the mayo. It's much easier to work with than eggs because the crumbs stick to it much better. It also keeps the chicken moist and delicious. Also using cornflakes as the crumbs ensures the perfect crunch.

Another word to the wise, do not overbake you chicken if you want it to be moist and juicy. Do not forget about them like I forgot about the cookies I was baking while writing this post.

    • The Best Oven Fried Chicken Ever {With Creamy Honey Mustard}
    • (Find the Gluten Free instructions HERE and find the chicken NUGGET version HERE)

    • For the Chicken:
    • 8 chicken tenders
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt  
    • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • Cayenne pepper (to taste)
    • 2 cups cornflakes (click here to buy gluten free cornflakes!)
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter (plus more for greasing the pan)

    • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Liberally grease a baking sheet (butter is best).
    • Combine the mayonnaise and spices.
    • Crush the cornflakes and combine them with the parmesan in a shallow dish. You can also add more of the spices to this mixture too. 
    • Coat each tender in the mayo mixture (I use my hands). Then coat them in the cornflake mixture. 
    • Place on the greased pan and drizzle with the butter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the center reaches 165ºF. Serve with honey mustard sauce (recipe below).

    • For the Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce:
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 
    • 2 tablespoons mustard
    • 2 tablespoons honey 
    • cayenne pepper to taste

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  1. My husband hates mayonnaise, does the chicken taste like mayo?

    1. He won’t taste the mayonnaise at all

  2. Is there any substitute for the Mayo? I adore your blog btw!

  3. Can you use Ritz crackers if you do not have the cornflakes?

  4. What can u use in place of tje corn flakes

  5. My husband doesn’t like mayo, either, but every time I've baked chicken with a coating of mayo and spices, he always says he loves it and can't taste the mayo.

    As far as a substitute for the corn flakes, you could use panko bread crumbs, crushed saltines or Ritz crackers or crushed potato chips.

    1. I have also use crushed rice krispies successfully.

  6. I of course did my own bush-kitchen substitutions but the heart an soul was the same. It is so yummy. And no, it does not taste like mayo. :)

  7. I made them in the air fryer, GF they are delicious! Husband loved them nuggets!

  8. Can you please tell me what temperature and how long?

  9. Made this for dinner this evening along with the honey mustard dipping sauce. It was delicious and I’ll be making it regularly from now on. I did not change a thing. I made it exactly as written. I’ll use the leftover sauce for dipping pretzels. It’s that good.