OBC (Ohio Baked Chicken)

Maybe you have noticed that I love chicken. There is always chicken in my freezer and that is the kind of meat we eat the most in our house (I gave up on beef for environmental reasons) That’s why when giz and Psychgrad of Equal Opportunity Kitchen announced their very first food event I immediately knew my entry was going to be a chicken dish.

The premise of the event is that we all have a recipes that are tried, tested and true. A true crowd pleaser that never fails to get good reviews from your guests or family. Wouldn’t life be easier with an accessible roundup of these recipes?

I have posted on this blog a couple of recipes that never fail to get good reviews. But for this event I wanted to make a little combination of two favorites. This chicken granola was a tasty surprise when i first made it and it has been a favorite ever since and who doesn’t like fried chicken. With those two recipes in mind I started to work on this fried baked chicken and I am pretty sure the result will be another favorite in our house. I decided to call it OBC (Ohio Baked Chicken) just because KFC is already taken and my version is healthier.

Ohio Baked Chicken
Printable recipe
Makes 8 chicken drumsticks
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

For this recipe you will need:

  • 8 chicken pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 TBSP Cajun mustard
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 TBSP powdered garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed pepper
  • 1 tsp Cajun spice
  • 1 tsp basil flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F (220° C)
  2. Whisk together egg, Cajun mustard, milk, a pinch of salt and ground pepper in a baking dish.
  3. Mix flour, oatmeal and almonds with the rest of the herbs and spices in a large, flat plate.
  4. Using a pair of tongs dip chicken pieces in the egg mix. Then coat them with the flour mixture and place then on a greased baking sheet. Note: To avoid a dry look of the flour you can slightly saute the chicken before placing it on the baking sheet. I sprayed canola oil over it to “cook” the flour coat.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the coat turns golden brown.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite OBC’s side dish.

About this recipe:

  • This chicken was spicy, crunchy and more healthy than the fried version.
  • Instead of oatmeal you could use granola. I make my own granola baking oatmeal, that’s why I used oatmeal and not the prepared granola I use for my morning bowl of fruit.
  • If you don’t like to eat chicken out of the bone you could try making this with boneless chicken breasts. This recipe might even be used for chicken milesas.

I am sure this recipe will become a favorite (few chicken recipes don’t) in our house. Next time somebody talks about fried chicken from Kentucky I will refer them to this new Ohio Baked version.

Buen provecho!


  • Mmmm! This chicken looks exquisito!!! So crunchy and tasteful with the coating nuts! I do love chicken too and baking it is always better than frying… but I do love fried ones too ;-). Great submission, Ben 😀

  • Ben, I had chicken today for lunch. Wish I had seen this before I cooked. It looks yummy and it’s definitely much healthier and I think I shall try this soon.

  • I go with the old-fashioned favorite of using crushed corn flakes on my oven-“fried” chicken. I like your spin on it!

  • And you chicken looks fantastic! Yum!!

  • Wow, such an interesting combination of flavors something I would have never thought about. I loved that you baked the chicken instead of frying it. I think that its a super healthy alternative and doesn’t take anything away from the taste of the dish. Do you with it would work with white meat pieces too?

  • Ooh… this looks really tasty! I’m always looking for alternatives to fried chicken.

  • Hola, I was searching for a healthy recipe for fish and found yours. I must say I will try this today with fish. Me encanta your combination of spices…Y saludable tambien!!! Thank you.

  • This photo is stunning – and your chicken sounds delicious!

  • That looks delicious! But just so you know, a dramatically large portion of chickens are raised on factory farms, too. Just like cows, they are given almost no room, and their beaks are often removed to prevent fights between the chickens that are so crowded in pens. There’s a lot more great, valuable information on this subject out there!

  • Tried this tonight and it was great! SInce I didn’t have any cajun mustard, I used brown spicy mustard with 1 tsp. of cajun seasoning in the egg mixture. I also reduced the powdered garlic to 1 tsp and it was plenty (but that is just a preference in my family.) Thanks – I will definitely make this again!

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