- Season it and pop it in the oven and you get a delectable main course in no time. The range of baked chicken recipes you can create and repeat for the lunch or dinner menu is as endless as your imagination. The key is to play with flavor profiles by using herbs, spices, and seasonings (including lemon zest and flavored oils) or focus on textures (crunchy and crisp or smooth and flavorful) as the main theme in your baked chicken recipes.
- nstead of frying breaded chicken in lots of oil, it’s still possible to make a crunchy coated chicken through the oven method. Just cover the chicken pieces with the usual coatings of flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs then arrange in a baking dish and bake until crisp. No oil needed as it “fries” in its own oils and juices. For a different kind of breaded chicken, mix breadcrumbs with grated parmesan cheese then dredge the chicken with this mixture as its coating. You can also use crushed cereal flakes for a more crisp crust. Bake as usual.
- Chicken would also be receptive to international seasonings like tandoori spiced chicken (use a tandoori masala mixed with ginger garlic paste for that orange-tinged baked chicken), Moroccan or Italian. Bacon can make almost anything taste great, including chicken so do baked chicken wrapped in bacon. Use the chicken drumsticks or thigh parts.
- While a roasted chicken relies on rubs and marinades, for baking chicken parts, experiment with various single or combination of glazes. Glazes are liquid flavorings made from a variety of ingredients. Mix together maple and mustard, honey and mustard, or lemon and butter. Brush the chicken thighs with hickory barbecue sauce for a smoky baked chicken without heating the grill. Or use single flavorings infused in olive oil like chilli, garlic, rosemary and other herbs. Sesame oil, soy sauce or ginger would also make great glaze flavorings.
For saucy baked chicken recipes, pour into the chicken pieces arranged in a baking dish béchamel sauce, yogurt or sour cream, tomato sauce or marinara sauce to turn it into a casserole dish. Lastly, bake the chicken alongside other complementary ingredients such as cooked wild rice, black beans, sausages and mushrooms to lend the white meat with interesting flavors.