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Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken

Josh’s mom came to visit us last week. We always love having her in our home. She was a huge help with Caleb and did more of her fair share of the chores. Thanks Kathy! Josh wanted to make a special meal while his mom was visiting and volunteered to make Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken. He is a very sweet son and husband. I sure lucked out!

The Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken recipe is from Aida Mollenkamp’s new book, Keys to the Kitchen. We are both obsessed with Aida’s book. It is awesome! We actually had a long discussion on what we would make for the Keys to the Kitchen Virtual Dinner Party. We both picked out a long list of favorites and went back and forth on what to make. I finally let Josh win since his mom was in town and he wanted to make dinner. You really can’t argue with that:) And I knew everyone would love the Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken.

Josh loves fried chicken, but he rarely makes it because it is a pain to get out the deep fryer…and I hate how it stinks up the house. Plus, it’s not very good for his arteries:) This Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken has all of the pluses of deep fried chicken, but without all of the mess and fat.  The chicken is crusty, crunchy, and has a pleasant hint of lemon and rosemary.

Josh was also surprised at how easy it was to make. First, he marinaded the chicken in a rosemary-lemon buttermilk marinade. When the chicken was done hanging out in the marinade in the fridge, he dipped the chicken in a crispy coating made up of cornmeal, cornflakes, Pecorino cheese, oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. He baked the chicken for about 45 minutes, until it was golden and crispy.

Josh served the Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken with roasted potatoes, vegetables, and buttermilk biscuits. Everyone raved about the entire meal, especially the chicken. Thanks Aida for a fabulous recipe.

Make sure you check out Aida’s book, Keys to the Kitchen-The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook.  It is more than just a cookbook, it is a resource guide to succeeding in the kitchen. It is filled with over 300 delicious recipes, helpful kitchen techniques and tips, and gorgeous photos. Everyone needs this book!

The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Rhi (#169). Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered.

If you would like to enter to win a copy of Keys to the Kitchen, please leave a comment on this post.

The giveaway is open until Monday, October 29th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, plus marinating time

This easy oven-baked lemon rosemary chicken is crunchy and full of flavor without all of the fat and fuss of deep frying!


Rosemary-Lemon Marinade

1/2 cup whole-milk plain yogurt or buttermilk (Josh used buttermilk)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves
4 garlic cloves, smashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, skin removed

Crispy Coating
1 1/2 cups stone-ground cornmeal
3/4 cup crushed cornflakes
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 large eggs, beaten thoroughly


1. For the marinade: combine all of the ingredients except the chicken until evenly combined. Add the chicken, turn to coat, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.

2. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven. Nest a cooling rack inside a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, set aside.

3. Combine the cornmeal, cornflakes, cheese, oil, salt, black pepper, and cayenne in a shallow bowl and mix until well combined; set aside. Whisk together the eggs in a shallow bowl until evenly combined; set aside.

4. To coat the chicken, remove it from the marinade and let any excess drip off. Dip the chicken in the beaten eggs then in the cornflake mixture, turning to coat all over and pressing to help it adhere. Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken. Let the chicken rest on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before baking.

5. Bake until the coating is golden and crispy, the juices of the chicken run clear when poked, and the internal temperature is 160 degrees F, 40-45 minutes.

Note-you can coat the chicken and return it to the fridge and let it sit for up to 4 hours before cooking. Just let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking so it cooks more evenly.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by Aida Mollenkamp and Chronicle Books, but our opinions are our own.

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459 Responses to “Rosemary-Lemon Oven-Fried Chicken”

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  1. traci — October 24, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    Delicious! I dont cook fried chicken for our family and use the same old baked will be nice to hzve a new recipe to try.

  2. Erica — October 24, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    It looks just perfect! Great dinner party food. I would love to win a copy

  3. erin — October 24, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    Yum!! I think this sounds fabulous!

  4. AnnaG — October 24, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    Love Aida — and would love to get her cookbook!

  5. Iris — October 24, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    That sounds amazing! I would love to try the recipe :)

  6. Sandra — October 24, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Sounds and looks delicious! Would love the cookbook

  7. Drew Weseman — October 24, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    I am excited about this cookbook. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jenny — October 24, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I would love a copy of this book- I love Aida!

  9. Kalani — October 24, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Sounds so good. I think I really need this book.

  10. Christina Burrell — October 24, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    I would love to win.

  11. Karen F — October 24, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    This looks delicious…would love to win a cookbook.

  12. k morel — October 24, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I’m going to try this tonight!

  13. Cindy1655 — October 24, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    I love cooking with rosemary … and this recipe sounds very company friendly. Thanks, Two Peas And Their Pod!

  14. mlbm — October 24, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I will have to try this next week. Looks great.
    Congratulations on the publishing of your new cookbook!

  15. Melissa@ Kids in the Sink — October 24, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I would love to win a copy!

  16. Martha W — October 24, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Wow, sounds amazing, hope I win !

  17. Pam — October 24, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    The chicken sounds wonderful. As luck would have it I have 12 thighs marinating in buttermilk since yesterday afternoon. My plan was to try a Popeye’s copycat recipe but I’m making your hubby’s chicken instead. Thanks kids!

  18. Linda K — October 24, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    This looks amazing. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. I’ll be giving this a try tomorrow.

  19. Kay Gee — October 24, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    The chicken looks great.

  20. Jeana — October 24, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    I started following Aida’s blog earlier this summer and am HOOKED. I love how all her dishes always look so beautiful. This looks amazing, too!

  21. Felicia — October 24, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    i love cookbooks! this looks like a great one!

  22. Jen W — October 24, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    This chicken looks delicious! Definitely on my “must try” list!

  23. I love the combination of rosemary and lemon!! The chicken looks delicious!!

  24. Celeste B. — October 24, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Sounds like a great cookbook. I’d love to win it.

  25. Karen D — October 24, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Nice review…this book sounds great!

  26. Brenley — October 24, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Yummy chicken!
    Fun! Sounds like an exciting cookbook!

  27. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life — October 24, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  28. Carole Resnick — October 24, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I read cookbooks like other people read novels. Would love to add this to my collection.

  29. Barb H — October 24, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Looks delicious!

  30. DessertForTwo — October 24, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    This looks incredible! I’ve been eyeing her book for a while now! :)

  31. Sheila — October 24, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    This chicken looks fantastic – I would love to check out this cookbook!

  32. Diane — October 24, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I love your recipes. The cookbook would be great!!!

  33. Emily — October 24, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    This sounds a lot like the grown up version of the chicken nuggets I make for the kids. I always love new cookbooks. Thanks for all the great giveaways. I always enjoy reading your blog!

  34. Kathy Rose — October 24, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    this chicken sounds amazing – may have to make it this weekend!

  35. Amanda — October 24, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Looks lovely!

  36. Shica — October 24, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    would love to add this to my collection!!

  37. Marlonwt — October 24, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Oven fried chicken sounds so good. Can’t wait to make it.

  38. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — October 24, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Rosemary and Lemon are 2 of my absolute favorite scents… and obviously favorite ingredients.
    I would love to win the cookbook…what girl doesn’t love a new addition to her cook book pile!?

  39. Ann — October 24, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I just recently discovered your blog and I really enjoy reading it!

  40. Toni Flinn — October 24, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I would love to win the cookbook….Thanks for the opportunity!

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