Oven-Fried Chicken with a Polenta Crust Recipe

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Christine Jordan Modified: March 24, 2022
Oven-Fried Chicken with a Polenta Crust Recipe

How To Make Oven-Fried Chicken with a Polenta Crust

Cook a tasty, crispy dinner minus the deep frying with this oven-fried chicken. It’s coated with spiced mayo-yogurt mix, then baked to golden perfection.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • vegetable oil spray
  • ¼cupmayonnaise
  • ¼cupplain yogurt
  • 2tbspkosher salt
  • 1tspcayenne pepper
  • ½tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • 1chicken
  • cupsinstant polenta
  • 1cupall purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large non-stick baking sheet with oil.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise and yogurt with 1 tablespoon of the salt and ½ teaspoon each of the cayenne and black pepper.

  3. In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the polenta with the flour and the remaining ½ teaspoon cayenne.

  4. Add the chicken to the yogurt mixture and turn to coat completely.

  5. Transfer the chicken to the plastic bag, a few pieces at a time; seal and shake to coat.

  6. Arrange the chicken on the prepared baking sheet and spray lightly with vegetable oil.

  7. Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 30 minutes or the chicken is cooked through and golden on the bottom.

  8. Using tongs, carefully turn each piece of chicken and bake for 5 minutes longer, until the undersides are golden

  9. Blot the chicken with paper towels, transfer to a platter and serve.

  10. Make-Ahead: The chicken can be baked up to 3 hours ahead and served at room temperature.


  • Calories: 1139.43kcal
  • Fat: 64.04g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.49g
  • Trans Fat: 0.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 26.10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 18.03g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.78g
  • Fiber: 3.34g
  • Sugar: 1.79g
  • Protein: 63.83g
  • Cholesterol: 232.62mg
  • Sodium: 991.66mg
  • Calcium: 60.35mg
  • Potassium: 720.80mg
  • Iron: 4.87mg
  • Vitamin A: 143.05µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.22mg
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