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Nov 16, 2009 12:47 PM

a way to fry chicken without the mess?

i'm thinking of making kara-age (japanese fried chicken) tonight for dinner but hate the prospect of cleaning up. is there anyway to simulate fried chicken without the deep frying?

baking? broiling? whaa~ no shake and bake please.

thank you in advance

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  1. Absolutely.

    I've never tried it with Japanese fried chicken, but have successfully "oven fried" chickens by breading, placing in baking pan (often a glass pyrex), dotting with butter and putting into a 375 oven for 20 minutes, turning the pieces and baking another 20 minutes.

    My favorite recipe for this is an old one. It involves breading with Ritz cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese, then sprinkling with lemon juice when you turn it at the half-way mark.

    I'm a little concerned with the use of butter for your recipe, but not sure how you would use oil -- perhaps sprinkle it on top before baking.

    3 Replies
    1. re: chicgail

      A spray of olive oil Pam works really well. I do this when I bake chicken in a cornflake crust.

      1. re: cheesecake17

        thank you guys!! my hubby loves kara-age but I hate cleaning up so I rarely make it. . . this is perfect! also, i love the idea of mixing in parmesan cheese with the breading.


        1. re: abec

          forgot to mention.. if you want to get the bottom crispy bake the chicken or whatever on a cookie cooling rack on top of a foil lined baking pan. The air can circulate around the chicken so that the whole piece gets crunchy.

          how did yours come out?

    2. If you pre-heat a dark roasting pan in the oven, then you'll get a nice crispy skin when the chicken hits the pan.

      When you deep fry, put a few layers of newspaper down on your floor. You won't need to mop up afterwards! Your counters & stove top will still need cleaning, but at least the floor will still be clean.

      1. My mom always did it in the oven, with Lots of oil. But I don't have the recipe, so that's all I've got!