Finger-Licking Good: Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

Listen up, foodies! Hey, it’s Stephen King here, and I’m excited to share with you a real juicy recipe that will satisfy your cravings. Today, I’ll be introducing you to George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by none other than the cooking queen herself, Judy-Jude Recipe.

Now look, I’ve tasted my fair share of fried chicken recipes over the years, and I’m here to tell you that this one is a real winner. No more struggling with the mess and fuss of deep frying chicken in all that shortening or margarine. This recipe is oven-fried which means less hassle with no compromise on flavor.

I tell you what: The moment you sink your teeth into this beauty, you’ll be hooked. It’s absolutely crave-worthy — crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. This is the kind of chicken you’d want for those backyard barbeques during summer, picnics at the park, or just when you’re feeling lazy to cook up a hearty meal for yourself or guests.

From experience, let me remind you that finger-licking-good chicken like this doesn’t stay on the table for long. So let’s get to it and learn how to make this gem from none other than Judy-Jude Recipe herself!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

George's Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy- Jude
George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy- Jude

Are you a fan of fried chicken, but feel guilty about the calories and grease? Look no further than George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy-Jude Recipe. This recipe promises all the flavor and crunch of traditional fried chicken without the added fat and cholesterol.

Not only is this dish healthier than traditional fried chicken, it is also incredibly easy to make. You don’t need to worry about heating up a deep fryer or handling hot oil; all you need is your oven and a baking sheet to achieve perfectly crisp chicken.

But what really sets this recipe apart is its unique coating made from instant potato flakes, parmesan cheese, and spices like cayenne pepper and paprika. The combination of these ingredients creates a mouthwatering flavor that is sure to satisfy your craving for fried chicken.

And let’s not forget the versatility of this recipe. You can use whole chickens, chicken cutlets or even make it into a barbecued chicken recipe like George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Barbecued Chicken by Judy-Jude Recipe. It can easily be adjusted to fit any occasion and taste preference.

Trust me when I say that once you try George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy-Jude Recipe, you won’t want to go back to traditional fried chicken ever again.

Ingredient List

 Mouthwatering crispy chicken cooked to perfection.
Mouthwatering crispy chicken cooked to perfection.

Here are all the ingredients you will need for George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken recipe:

  • 1 cup of potato flakes
  • 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Shortening, margarine or butter (enough to grease your baking pan)
  • 2 whole chickens or chicken cutlets

Note that you can find most ingredients at any grocery store, except for instant potato flakes and parmesan cheese. But don’t worry – these items are readily available at most supermarkets as well.

The Recipe How-To

 Golden brown and juicy chicken made with an ultra-crispy coating.
Golden brown and juicy chicken made with an ultra-crispy coating.

Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty and learn how to bring this George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken to life.


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Whole chicken or cutlets
  • Shortening/margarine/butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Mix together the paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, instant potato flakes, parmesan cheese, and flour in a wide dish.
  3. Whisk the egg and milk together in a separate dish.
  4. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels.
  5. Melt the shortening/margarine/butter in the preheating oven for about 5 minutes.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken first in the egg mixture and then coat them evenly with the potato flake mixture.
  7. Arrange your coated chicken into a shallow baking dish heated with melted shortening/margarine/butter.
  8. Bake at 400°F for about 50 to 55 minutes until golden-brown or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

Enjoy that delicious aroma filling up your kitchen as you await the crispiest oven-fried chicken ever!

Substitutions and Variations

 Baked chicken that tastes just like it was fried.
Baked chicken that tastes just like it was fried.

You know, sometimes you’re in the mood for something a little different. Maybe you’ve got some dietary restrictions or maybe you just want to switch things up a bit. Whatever the reason may be, I’ve got you covered with some substitutions and variations to this fabulous George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken recipe by Judy-Jude.

First off, let’s talk about the shortening. Now, I know some folks don’t like to use it because of health concerns, so if you’d rather stay away from shortening, feel free to substitute margarine or butter instead. Yes sir, that’ll work just fine.

And what about the Parmesan cheese? Not a fan? No problemo! You can easily swap it out with some shredded cheddar or even some crumbled feta if that strikes your fancy. Go ahead and get creative with your cheese choices!

Now let’s discuss spices. If you want to turn up the heat a notch or two, try adding a little extra cayenne pepper to the mix. And if you want even more flavor, throw in some smoked paprika for a smoky kick that’ll have your taste buds singing!

Now listen here, if you don’t have any whole chickens lounging around your kitchen, never fear. You can still make this recipe! Cutlets work just as well and will cook up faster too. And if you prefer boneless over bone-in chicken, simply adjust your cooking time accordingly.

Lastly, let’s talk potato flakes. I know not everyone keeps them on hand and that’s okay. You can use instant mashed potatoes in place of the flakes without any problems at all. And feel free to experiment with different flavors too! Garlic instant mashed potatoes work especially well in this recipe.

So there you have it folks- some simple substitutions and variations to make this George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken recipe by Judy-Jude uniquely yours!

Serving and Pairing

 Oven-fried chicken that is both crispy and healthy.
Oven-fried chicken that is both crispy and healthy.

When it comes to serving George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken, there are endless possibilities! This chicken has a scrumptious flavor profile with just the right amount of crunch. If you are looking for an impressive main course for your next dinner party, this recipe is sure to impress!

One suggestion for pairing is to serve the chicken with some classic macaroni and cheese. The combination of the creamy and cheesy texture of the mac and the crispy exterior of the chicken is unbeatable. It is also quick and easy to make, which means more time you get to enjoy with your guests!

If you are looking for pairing this dish with something lighter, consider serving a fresh salad or steamed vegetables on the side. The subtle sweetness and punch of tangy flavor in the chicken will pair very well with any green veggies’ crispness. These wholesome vegetable options will balance out your meal by providing much-needed nutrition.

For those who love a little carb-heavy treat, mashed potatoes are an excellent option for pairing. Creamy mashed potatoes complement the crunchiness of the chicken perfectly. It’s perfect comfort food that’ll please everyone at your table.

George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken also works great as an appetizer served plain or paired with other finger foods like sliders, fries, and onion rings. The recipe can easily be adapted into chicken cutlets for ease of eating as finger food as well.

Overall when serving this dish , it’s essential to consider how other side dishes work together with the unique taste of this recipe. Whether opting for heavier carbs or healthy veggies or making them bite-sized for an appetizer option, enhancing may your overall meal experience fantastic!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate easy and delicious crowd-pleaser.
The ultimate easy and delicious crowd-pleaser.

So, you have a boatload of George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken left over? No problem, I’ve got you covered. Here is how to store, reheat and even make-ahead some components of this scrumptious dish.

The leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can opt to store the chicken with or without the bones. Keep in mind that if you decide to store the chicken with the bones, it may lose a bit of its crispiness during reheating. However, if you want to keep the chicken crispy, consider removing the bones before storing and then reheat them after adding the bones back.

When reheating, there are a few precautions to take. Do not use a microwave because it causes the coating to become chewy and soft. Instead, preheat your oven at 350°F (180°C) and place the chicken on an ovenproof wire rack set over a baking tray. Reheat for around ten minutes or until heated through.

Another way you can prepare this succulent treat ahead is by making George’s Homemade Shake & Bake mixture ahead of time, grab whatever chicken cutlets or whole chickens you desire from your freezer, and let them thaw overnight in your fridge. You could even save leftover cooked chicken from another meal as long as it’s boneless.

If using an Instant Pot or oven to cook your whole chickens:

Take your thawed whole chickens out of their packaging and pat them dry with paper towels. Rub both sides generously with vegetable oil.

Preheat your Instant Pot on SAUTE HIGH or preheat your oven at 425°F.

Add some water (or an appropriate liquid like chicken broth) and place your bird on a lightly greased rack placed within your cooking device.

Cook until done!

Making George’s homemade oven-fried mixture is also a recommendable make-ahead option when hosting any party! Store it in an airtight container for up to two months in a cool, dry place. This way, you’ll be ready to fry up some “finger-licking good” chicken judy jude-style at any given moment.

Whether reheating or making-ahead, it’s best not to anticipate next week’s meals by refrigerating food beyond its recommended capacity, i.e. more than four days. And sharing is caring – bring leftovers to work or share with friends and neighbors knowing good food should never go to waste!

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won’t believe how crispy and juicy this chicken is!
You won’t believe how crispy and juicy this chicken is!

Let me tell you, sometimes making the perfect oven-fried chicken can feel like trying to solve a puzzle that seems to have no solution. But fear not, my fellow home chefs! I’ve discovered a few tricks along the way that are sure to help you achieve that crispy, golden brown crust that we all crave.

First of all, do not substitute margarine or butter for the shortening in this recipe. This might change the texture and consistency of the batter, leading to less than perfect results. Stick to the recipe and use shortening for best results.

When it comes to seasoning, don’t be afraid to add a little more Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, paprika or garlic salt for some extra flavor. However, be mindful of not overdoing it as these spices can easily overpower the dish.

For perfectly cooked chicken, choose fresh whole chickens or chicken cutlets that are evenly sized. This will ensure uniform cooking time and prevent any parts from being undercooked or overcooked.

Another tip is to make sure your oven is preheated enough before putting in your chicken. A well-preheated oven is key to achieving a crispy crust without drying out the chicken. I personally prefer 400°F (205°C) for about 45-50 minutes.

To get that authentic fried chicken feel while still keeping things healthy by baking it in the oven, use instant potato flakes in the batter instead of flour. The result will be a light coating that won’t overpower the flavor of the chicken.

Lastly, if you want a twist on this recipe, try using George’s barbecued chicken recipe instead of the traditional seasonings listed here. You won’t regret it!

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to impress your guests with a perfectly crispy and juicy oven-fried chicken every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy-Jude Recipe is the ultimate comfort food that you need in your life. It is a recipe that screams deliciousness from every angle and satisfies everyone’s cravings for crispy, juicy, and flavorful fried chicken. With a perfect balance of spices and texture, this recipe is a must-try for all food lovers.

So whether you are planning a weekend family feast, hosting a dinner party or just craving some delicious chicken, try out this recipe and impress your guests with Judy-Jude’s culinary prowess. So gather your friends and family and enjoy this tantalizing dish that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Remember to experiment with the recipe using the substitutions mentioned above to create your unique twist on George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken. And if you have any questions or suggestions, check out the FAQ section or comment below. We would love to hear from you.

So let’s get cooking and kick start the feast today! Don’t forget to share the love of the recipe by tagging us on Instagram at #GeorgeCrispOvenFriedChicken, #JudyJudeRecipe or on Pinterest at #GeorgeCrispCrustedOvenFriedChicken! Happy cooking!

George's Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy- Jude

George’s Crisp Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken by Judy- Jude Recipe

I am posting this recipe to honor Judy- Jude and also for the "Cookathon" in memory of her (Jan. 09). One of her favorite chicken recipes was "George’s Oven-Fried Chicken" and this is the other one. It was created by her father and I often call it KFC Judy D’s Father’s Recipe(s). Instant Potato Flakes are used and it has a nice taste.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 695.1 kcal


  • 1 (3 -4 lb) cut up whole chickens
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash chicken pieces and pat dry, set aside.
  • Beat egg and milk in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix potato flakes and the rest of the spices and parmesan cheese.
  • Melt butter in a shallow baking pan (13"x9"x2").
  • Roll chicken first in egg mixture, then in the potato flake mixture.
  • Next roll coated chicken pieces in the butter as you place them into the pan (skin side up).
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until juices from meat run clear when pierced with a fork.
  • Note: If you use garlic powder just be sure to add 1 teaspoon of salt; Judy used seasoned salt per her dad’s little crib note on the recipe. I often use more spices to make it taste a little like Kentucky Fried Chicken. This recipe was written up pretty much as I had received it from Judy. Enjoy!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 275gCalories: 695.1kcalCarbohydrates: 13.8gProtein: 43.4gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 14.8gCholesterol: 213.5mgSodium: 282.9mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 0.7g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Chicken, Meat, Oven, Poultry
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Recommended Recipes Just For You