This is another of the treasured recipes my mother-in-law gave my husband in a little packet of recipe cards when he moved out on his own. More than that, it was one of the first times I remember as a young married couple making something delicious that seemed so very special and difficult when I’d eaten it at the Stein’s house. I was delighted that it was actually quite simple, and still so delicious even from my own oven, one of those recipes which gave me confidence to create good food.
Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken
1 Broiler-Fryer, cut up
Combine dry ingredients:
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
Dip chicken in milk, then flour mixture. Place skin side up in shallow baking dish, then drizzle butter over.
Bake at 375 deg. F for 55 minutes.
The easiest way to coat the chicken with the dry ingredients is to put some of the coating in a paper bag and shake one piece at a time in that after dipping it in the milk.
I will say that the cleanup on this one was a bit yucky, as there was lots of grease left in the pan. I guess I have become unaccustomed to this heavy cleanup today, simply because of how I tend to cook now. That said, this is a lovely, delectable dish best eaten right out of the oven. Our chicken, which seemed of average size by today’s standards, was 5-1/2 pounds, so invite guests if your family is small like ours.
What’s a recipe you’ve made that is always delicious?