Hot Honey Oven Fried Chicken
Be instantly transported down South when you take a bite of this crispy, sweet with a slight kick, Hot Honey Oven Fried Chicken. Baked in the oven instead of fried in oil makes it healthier and guilt-free. How do we achieve the crispy breading? Corn Flakes! Crush ’em up with your food processor or in a ziplock baggy and a rolling pin. Then drizzled over the top is the easy hot honey that you can easily customize to make spicier or less.
What You’ll Need for this Baked Hot Honey Chicken:
- Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
- Hot Sauce – use your favorite that you have in your fridge. I used Frank’s!
- Corn Flakes
- Salt, Pepper, and Dried Thyme
The first, and very important, step is to marinate our chicken. We toss our chicken pieces with buttermilk, salt, and hot sauce for at least a half an hour. You can even do overnight! This helps tenderize the chicken and adds flavor too. It’s a must. Once you’re done marinating the chicken we just bread the pieces in the crushed cornflakes, a little flour, S&P, and some dried thyme. The key is to kind of press the crumbs into the chicken.
I like to bake the chicken on a rack-lined baking sheet. This helps ensure even crispness all around and eliminates the need for flipping! But, if you don’t have a rack that fits your cookie sheet, then go ahead and use a parchment lined sheet. You’ll want to flip your chicken halfway through but it will still be amazing and crispy.
While the chicken is baking, let’s make the hot honey. It’s shockingly easy. Just bring to a simmer the butter, honey, and some hot sauce. That’s it. Simmering it for a minute helps to thicken it up, but it will thicken more as it cools. The recipe gives enough honey for all the chicken to have a hearty drizzle. But hey, if you prefer to dunk your chicken, then go ahead and double the Hot Honey recipe! The steps remain the same.
Now drizzle or dip away! This crispy, healthier, Hot Honey Oven Fried Chicken is surely to please anyone who is lucky enough to have you share.
Now tell me.. What is your favorite, go-to hot sauce that you’ll be using for this recipe? Let me know in the comments!
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