Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Total Time:
13 hr
15 min
12 hr
45 min

4 servings

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (3 pound) chicken cut into 8 pieces, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fit a sheet tray with a wire rack and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix together buttermilk, lemon juice, hot sauce, onion, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Add chicken and coat with mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or up 12 hours.

Mix corn flakes, Parmesan cheese, and thyme together. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off, and dredge through the corn flake-Parmesan mixture, pressing to help it adhere.

Place on the wire rack-fitted sheet tray and bake for 45 minutes until golden and crisp.

Cook's Note: Remove the skin to save calories. Soaking chicken in buttermilk leaves the chicken incredibly moist with a delicious flavor.

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    Really good flavor. Next time I would not bother baking it on a rack as the bottom of it did not get crispy anyway and racks are a pain to clean. The only things I did differently were that halfway through baking, I sprayed a little olive oil on the chicken because the coating looked a little dry. Also, I took the onion slices from the marinade, tossed them in the leftover breading, and baked them along with the chicken. Surprising, they weren't too bad, though next time I will spray them with olive oil before putting them in the oven. Overall this was great (though it didn't look like the picture.)
    Followed the recipe and thought the flavor was excellent. The corn flake crumbs are a nice change from regular bread crumbs. I have to admit I was actually picking the crumb topping and eating it alone as it had so much flavor. I used 
    thighs and drumsticks and they weren't dry at all. Thank you Gina and Pat for 
    another great recipe!
    One of the best recipes
    I will DEFINITELY be doing this recipe again!
    I marinated the chicken for 20 hours and cut the parmesan cheese down to 1/2 cup. I turned the chicken halfway through like another reviewer did and everything turned out perfect. I didn't have a wire rack so I used heavy duty aluminum foil sprayed with vegetable oil spray to prevent too much sticking. The chicken was very tender and the crust was crispy and perfectly salted. I'll be using this recipe again!
    I made this recipe and it was a big disappointment. no flavor and the skin was soggy and chewy, I would recomend. making with skin off.
    This chicken satisfied my 'chicken picky' family. The crust was so tasty and the buttermilk did tenderize the chicken very nicely. I would definitely bake it again and I think it is a five star recipe.
    Thank you Neely's again. This is a great recipe. Made this for dinner last night. It was a delightful hit. So moist, flavorful and crisp. As close to fried chicken as you will get without the mess and fat calories. It has already been added to the permanent menu for us, and have shared it with family, neighbors and friends. A few changes: 1. Used 1/3 C hot sauce (Frank's Red Hot 2. Used dry cultured buttermilk (I always have some in the fridge 3. I infused the marinade into the chicken (15 Min. 4. Turned 1/2 way and also moved it to the broiler for a few minutes on each side.
    I really enjoyed this recipie. Have made it several times due to repeat request. :
    It's good...but don't assume like me that it will taste like fried chicken. Flavorful, yes. I used Panko after reading reviews, but not realizing Panko needs to be toasted beforehand if you want a brown crust. Did the wire rack,still got a mushy bottom. Won't make again.
    I did not like this recipe at all I cooked it to a "T" but did not enjoy the ingredients used in this. Onions, hot sauce, and garlic i love but they just did not compliment each other. My family said they liked it however i think they were being nice lol
    This chicken was totally awesome!!! My husband loved it and a friend came over and wanted the whole pan..I added panko bread crumbs and I let it sit in the buttermilk overnight!! I think I added garlic also..this is a winner!!
    This is a delicious recipe, that my wife loves and even with the skin removed, it is still juicy and flavorful from the buttermilk bath and coating.
    This has become our go-to "fried chicken" recipe. Crispy on outside & tender on inside. (I have to admit I leave the skin on as my family loves it so:-
    Perfectly seasoned, crunchy breading, very moist on the inside, and very simple to put together. It's great for a lazy Sunday. I bought a pre-packaged whole chicken already cut into pieces which really helped make quick work of the prep. I made the very easy marinade, poured it over the chicken pieces, threw it in the fridge for 3 hours. Then, I grabbed it out 3 hours later, zipped the Corn Flakes in the food processor, mixed it with the parm cheese and I was on my way to breading & baking. Could not be easier. I really enjoyed all the distinct flavors as I ate the chicken. First, the very crispy breading, then you are hit with this crazy moist chicken, you really get the buttermilk flavor then you get the zing of lemon ... just delicious! This will be a staple recipe for me!
    Very succulent and flavorful!
    This is a great recipe. The chicken came out crispy and juicy. I will definately make it again.
    I absolutely love this recipe! It tastes amazing. Though, I've had to alter it from using the hot sauce. I cook for people who can't have spicy things so no hot sauce. :( But this is a very good recipe! I'm using it tonight, even! :
    Enjoyed it :
    This was great! I made it over the weekend and my family enjoyed it. I read all the comments and adapted some of their tips, and it helped, I added a bit more salt to the buttermilk marinade, and added some garlic powder to the corn flakes mixture. I also removed all the skin from the chicken, and made it healthier. The chicken was still moist, the crust was crispy. Will definitely make again.
    This is so easy and so good. The moistest chicken I have ever eaten.
    This was awesome! It's the 1st baked chicken recipe I enjoyed; and my beef eating husband has requested it once a week!
    Seriously, this was fantastic. I don't usually write reviews, but this was so delicious I had to comment. My husband said it was the best chicken I ever made. Easy too.
    Basic buttermilk fried chicken which most people will prefer if they ever taste it. I fry mine along with sliced onions and a rough mashed garlic bulb. Adds unique flavor. Just my own take on this King of Comfort Food. Experiment with your own tastes.
    excellent...added garlic salt,onion powder, cardoman spice and pepper to the cheese/bread crumb mixture ( used Italian bread crumbs, too marinated for only 3 hours !!!
    One word: BLAND..... I seasoned the meat for 3.5hrs. Next time, I will leave it overnight, add onion powder and some extra salt and pepper....i mean extra....I had big pieces of meat (drum sticks and they did not get enough flavor and was very bland. I decided to do a set with Cornflakes and one with Captain Crunch---the captain crunch had a sweet taste and was much better and made up for the lack of seasoning.
    Easy to make, but not a lot of flavor. Will try it again and add some extra spices and seasonings.
    Tried this recipe last night. My fiance loved it! It's moist and juicy in the inside and crispy on the outside. It was not soggy at all. Delicious! Added 1/2tsp salt in the marinade mixture and also pinch of salt in the cornflakes coating. According to my fiance i nailed it. And he will never go into a "finger-lickin' good" place again LOL
    Tried this recipe on Sunday. My partner and I agreed that it was bland. Other than that, I will doctor it up a little more the next time... ;-
    Hi Gina; 
    You go girl. I love watchin you and Pat.. Your shows and recipes are awesome.. One of your favorite fans. Yes I tried it and it was great! moist and yummy!.. Thanx..Loved the Roasted Chicken.. Wanna try your buttermilk chicken.. Your fan Puh
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