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Danielle Rose

Faux Fried Chicken

Posted by Danielle Rose on November 24th, 2014
Faux Fried Chicken

I have a confession. I hate to admit when there’s something in the kitchen that scares me. I like to believe that I’m fearless when it comes to cooking, but there is one action in the kitchen that absolutely scares the pants off of me.

I, my friends, am scared of deep-frying on my stove. There, I said it! It’s out there in the world for all to know! I’m scared of burning myself, I’m scared of oil splatters staining my clothes, I’m scared of burning my food, and most of all, I’m scared of starting an oil fire. No matter how many times I’ve tried to get past this fear, it’s one that just doesn’t seem to dissipate. It’s because of this fear that I’ve had to get very clever in the kitchen at times, finding new ways of recreating my favourite fried foods using alternative methods, but it’s not always easy to replicate that crispy fried flavour and texture that I adore so much.

One of the trickiest foods to replicate without frying, in my opinion, is fried chicken. It’s not an easy thing to achieve that great crispy outer coating, while keeping the interior of the chicken moist, but have no fear food hackers, because after much trial and error, I have found a fantastic food hack for making faux fried chicken in the oven! The trick is all in the crispy coating! It all came down to brainstorming crispy foods, which was when I landed on kettle-cooked chips. Crushed kettle cooked chips (particularly of the spicy variety) make the absolute best coating for fried chicken when baked, allowing you to get the crunch and fried flavour you crave with fried chicken. The best part? You can make this dish with only four ingredients!

Get These

  • 1 large bag of spicy kettle-cooked chips
  • 4 boneless or bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp Miracle Whip Original Spread
  • cooking spray

Do This

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place the chips in a large plastic zipper bag, and zip to close, releasing any air from within. Crush the chips until very coarse crumbs remain. Pour chip crumbs into a wide, shallow dish.
  3. Lay out a medium-large baking sheet with a wire rack on top of it. Spray the wire rack with cooking spray.
  4. Lay out an assembly line of the chicken; an empty wide, shallow dish; the Miracle Whip; the shallow crushed chip dish; and the baking sheet with wire rack.
  5. One piece at a time, coat the chicken in the Miracle Whip. Dip the coated chicken into the chip crumbs, and press with your fingers to adhere evenly to cover the chicken. Place on the wire rack. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.


  • This recipe serves four.