The Best At Home Hot Chicken Recipe

4 Servings
50 min

Note: originally I used egg wash to coat the chicken (which you see in the video). I found sour cream to work even better so I updated the ingredients. Either works just fine!



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The best version of baked hot chicken there is. Our Sunday Staple started when we tried Eugene’s Hot Chicken, a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama opened near our house. I knew their deep fried goodness could not be beat, but I also knew I wanted an oven baked version. I got to work on a recipe and we’ve been making it at home ever since!

This recipe makes a great bake and take option too! Just double it and add it to a large dish to share with friends!

The Best At Home Hot Chicken Recipe

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients


  • 1 Tbsp butter place separately in skillet
  • 1.5 pounds chicken cut into cutlets
  • Season with salt and pepper

For the Marinade

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • Let chicken marinate for 30 minutes if you have time. Skip this step if you're short on time!

Coat the Chicken Before Breading

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

For the Breading

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the Spicy Coating

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

To Marinate

Place chicken in a large bowl. Top with 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon hot sauce and gently swirl to cover the chicken. Place a lid on top and put the mixture into the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. I like to do this the night before so I don't forget it!

Prepare the Chicken

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 1 Tbs butter in seasoned cast iron skillet (or prepared baking sheet).
If using a whole chicken breast, cut it in half horizontally, then in half vertically to make 4 cutlets.

Coat the Chicken in Sour Cream

In a medium sized sealed baggie, put the 1/4 cup sour cream and chicken cutlets. Massage until all of the chicken is coated in sour cream. Set aside.

Prepare the Breading

In a large dish, mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together. I like to use one with a lid so I can just shake it to toss. Set to the side.

Bread and Bake the Chicken

Press one side of the sour cream coated chicken into the breading mixture, flip and press the other side, working to coat chicken with bread crumbs. Or just toss the chicken to coat.
Once coated evenly, place into seasoned cast iron skillet, careful not to overlap any chicken.
Bake for 20 minutes, then, using tongs flip chicken to other side (can place any extra panko crumbs on top!). Bake second side for 15-20 minutes or until thermometer reads 165 internal temp.

Prepare the Spicy Coating

In a medium bowl, make the spicy coating by combing the 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (less if you do not like spice but don't omit), 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, and 1 Tablespoon paprika, and pinch of salt. Stir until combined and set in a warm place until chicken is finished baking.

Toss the Chicken in the Coating and Serve

Remove chicken from oven, one by one, and (carefully) toss each cutlet in the spicy coating to evenly coat. Drizzle any extra sauce over the top.
Serve with pickles and baked fries, of course!

Rainie Robinson
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Comments

  • Nani' Munsen Nani' Munsen on Nov 02, 2021

    I didn’t see anything about an “egg wash?!?!”

    • Rainie Robinson Rainie Robinson on Nov 06, 2021

      so sorry to confuse you!! It’s not you, it’s me:) the egg wash was the original recipe and I found sour cream to work better so I updated it. I will fix that error. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Julia Evans Julia Evans on Nov 05, 2021

    What egg? (Bread and bake the chicken. Step 1) Egg isn’t even mentioned in the list of ingredients. I thought the chicken was just coated in sour cream. This sounds awesome but I’m confused. Maybe because I’m a beginner??

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    • Rainie Robinson Rainie Robinson on Nov 06, 2021

      so sorry to confuse you!! It’s not you, it’s me:) the egg wash was the original recipe and I found sour cream to work better so I updated it. I will fix that error. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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