Oven-Fried Chicken from The Barefoot Contessa

August 29th, 2010

The Barefoot Bloggers are on a leisurely summer schedule.  Normally we post recipes from the Barefoot Contessa on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, but our fearless leader Tara of Smells Like Home has decreed that as long as we get our recipes posted by the end of each month, we are still in the game.  And what a great time to be a member of The Barefoot Bloggers.  Ina Garten has a new cookbook coming out in October called How easy is That?  Tara received an advanced copy of it and had a phone interview with Ina in mid August.  She will be posting about it on October 11th on the Barefoot Blogger website. It is nice to know that Ina recognizes our little group and is supportive of us.

One of our recipes for this month was Ina’s oven-fried chicken.  It was chosen by Vicki of My Fare Lady.  I am happy that she made this choice because I gave up on frying chicken a long time ago.  I decided that fried chicken just wasn’t good for us and  that it was a messy task.  Leave it to The Barefoot Contessa to simplify the process by frying the chicken briefly in oil and then baking it until it is done.  It still comes out crispy and delicious.  I have also come to the conclusion that enjoying fried chicken occasionally is no worse for me than any other food indulgence.  It is all about moderation and variety.

I followed the recipe closely other than skinning the chicken.  I used all thighs, but whole chicken pieces are fine too.  The chicken marinates overnight in buttermilk.  This makes the chicken very juicy and succulent.  So don’t forget this important step.  The next time I make it, I will add some interesting spices.  The chicken was delicious, but it would be even better with a punch of garlic, paprika or whatever The Colonel puts in his famous chicken.  So feel free to indulge in this great dish.  How bad can that be?


2 chickens, cut in eight serving pieces
1 quart buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil

Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Prehieat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Take the chicken out of the buttermilk and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture.  Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1 inch and heat to 360 degrees on a thermometer.

Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden brown (it will contiune to brown in the oven).  Don’t crowd the pieces.  Remove the chicken from the oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan.  Allow the oil to return to 360 degrees before frying the next batch.  When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside.  Serve hot.

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14 responses to “Oven-Fried Chicken from The Barefoot Contessa”

  1. This sounds like a winner!

  2. Haden News says:

    Great post Penny!! My husband is still talking about how great that chicken was!! I guess it was a real treat to have “fried” chicken — so different from my normal grilled chicken. Did you do the bonus recipe – Ultimate Grilled Cheese, I just posted mine. Another GREAT recipe from Ina, really looking forward to the new cookbook.

  3. Penny, I haven’t had any good fried chicken in I don’t know when. This sounds delicious. Leave it to Ina to come up with a winner.

    I hope to see you at Penny’s get-together in October. I’m still working out the details, but it sounds too good to miss.

  4. It sounds delicious! And I agree with you….fried chicken, or anything in moderation can’t be bad!

  5. Julie says:

    I love Ina, her recipes are so wonderful. Your chicken came out looking perfect and crispy. I hate frying the stuff too because of the huge mess, but this sounds like a great way to do it.

  6. I can’t wait for her new cookbook to come out. The chicken sounds fantastic!!

  7. This sounds wonderful and I’m looking forward to the new cookbook!


  8. I have seen this Ina recipe and have been wanting to make it. I’m with you – leave the skin on!

  9. I think fried chicken is experiencing a renaissance in the cooking world. The recipes that have been featured keep on getting better and better. This looks SCRUMPTIOUS!

  10. Kate says:

    I agree…how bad can this be every once in a while? This was an awesome recipe…moist and delicious!

  11. Pondside says:

    I haven’t had fried chicken for years – this recipe looks yummy. I didn’t know about these cookbooks until last year, but now I have two and will look for the new one when it comes out up here.

  12. Thanks Penny (and Ina) this looks delicious. I’ve never been the best at fried chicken–too “standing at the stove” labor intensive. That was my mother’s specialty and she was very good at it. This is my kind of dish!


  13. Bella says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m going to have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sage says:

    You are right; buttermilk makes fried chicken so much better; haven’t made it in a long time.

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