amish oven fried chicken & gravy

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~Amish Oven Fried Chicken~

This is an easy, amazingly delicious, recipe for Amish oven fried chicken. It’s full of flavor, crispy, and the drippings make the best gravy on the planet. It’s wonderful hot or cold. We love this served with fresh tomato salad, macaroni salad, buttery country biscuits, and peach pie for dessert! Now you have a delicious picnic menu you can refer to whenever you like.

for the chicken:

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup butter

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

8-9 pieces of chicken, bone-in, skin-on

Place oil and butter in a big jellyroll pan. Put in preheated 375 degree oven. Mix flour and seasonings in a big paper bag or mixing bowl. Remove pan with oil and butter in it as soon as the butter is completely melted. Roll chicken pieces in the butter mixture and then dredge in the flour mixture. Once all of the chicken pieces are coated, place them skin-down on the jellyroll pan. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45-50 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and bake for another 10 minutes, or until chicken is browned well, crispy and bubbly. Use pan drippings to make gravy for mashed potatoes, fries or biscuits. Serve chicken hot or cold. Perfect for a picnic!





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  57 comments for “amish oven fried chicken & gravy

  1. Sandy
    July 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Sure beats Shake & Bake…Thank you as well as not everyone grills outside and I think all magazines and websites thinks everyone does.

    • Melissa
      July 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      you’re welcome! enjoy GF! πŸ™‚

      • dorothy mcdivitt
        December 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

        what is marjoram and if u don’t have what can u use in it’s place

        • VICKIE
          February 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

          Basil, thyme, oregano and savory are all good substitutes for marjoram, according to Marjoram is an herb of the mint family that has oval, 1-inch-long green leaves. The herb has a mild, sweet, oregano-like flavor.

  2. July 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    wow wow wow yum yum yum!

  3. Melissa
    July 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    thanks for commenting Maria! xo

  4. July 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Looks good! I love oven fried chicken, but I can never seem to make it as good as others. I will be trying this recipe this week!

    • Melissa
      July 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      hope you love it! xo

  5. Melissa
    July 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    enjoy Kristina! It’s especially lovely with the tomato bacon salad as a side πŸ™‚

  6. November 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Wow! Both the chicken and the salad sound fabulous! I’m definitely going to have to try both!

    • Melissa
      November 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Let me know what you think after you try them. I love the combination of flavors. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ oh, and thanks so much for sharing my recipes on your page!

  7. November 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Made it all, loved it all. Beautiful recipes!

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2011 at 7:31 am

      YAY! I’m so glad you liked them. That’s a favorite meal at our house too. πŸ˜‰


  8. March 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    love this, especially the salad…what a bright, wonderful idea!

    • Melissa
      March 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      It’s a great chicken recipe to make up and bring along on your picnic cold the next day πŸ™‚ And that SALAD! oh my…enjoy.

  9. September 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I am really drooling Missy! Looks so delicious! Nettie

    • Melissa
      September 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo sweetie! πŸ™‚

  10. MamaJ
    April 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you so much…I grew up in the South where fried chicken was almost a religion…but I’m here to say that I had fried chicken in Lancaster that made me wanna slap my mama (jk)…if this comes out as good…holy moly! This and some fried green tomatoes….

    • Melissa
      April 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Mama J! Thanks for visiting! So happy you like the recipe! πŸ™‚ mmmmm…. fried green tomatoes always sound good to me. XO

  11. kristen chandler
    April 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I made both the chicken & the salad for dinner tonight. We haven’t eaten yet but it sure looks amazing & yummy!!!

    • Melissa
      April 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      so pleased you like my recipes! enjoy! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚ xo

  12. Claudia Stokes-Stoltz
    June 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I love Cooking from quilt country. I think I’ve made almost every recipe in the book. Love Amish fried Chicken.

    • Melissa
      June 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I agree, Claudia! great book! thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  13. GuinR
    June 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I will definitely try this as I don’t have the nack of frying chicken

    • Melissa
      June 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      I think you’ll really like this recipe, Guin πŸ™‚ SO easy and SO delicious…everyone always asks me for the recipe! XO Thanks for visiting! enjoy.

  14. August 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Geezee peeeezeee, Meeeweesah! This is fabulous! Love love fried chicken, and I’m gonna be making! Thank you for sharing all of your fabulousness!! xo

    • Melissa
      August 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Hello there my honey bunny, Alweeeee! πŸ™‚ So pleased you like the recipe! this is a favorite “picnic basket” lunch in our house! I make a bunch in the summer! Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy, XOXOXO ~Melissa

  15. donna clements
    September 15, 2013 at 7:07 am

    We are having these two dishes for supper, along with the browned butter mashed potatoes, and making some corn bread to go along with it. Heading out to get the chicken, tom’s and cheese in just a few. My mouth is watering already!

    • Melissa
      September 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

      ooooohhhh! sounds like an awesome menu. πŸ™‚ thanks for letting me know! makes me so happy to hear people are enjoying my recipes! xoxo ~Melissa

    • jeree
      December 14, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Recipe for browned butter mashed potatoes in picture?

  16. donna clements
    September 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I didn’t do so good with this recipe because I OVER-DREDGED the chicken. The flavor was awesome. It would have been superb if I didn’t screw it up in the dredging and I over-cooked the chicken as well. So I will DEFINITELY TRY THIS AGAIN! I can’t wait. I bet if I had done it right this time, it woulda had my hubs begging me to make it again tonight!

    • Melissa
      September 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Well, darn. I’m sorry it didn’t work the first time. this is one of those recipes that’s definitely worth a second try πŸ˜‰ XO

  17. donna clements
    September 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I also made this particular Tomato Salad recipe and I did it by the letter and it came out soooo tasty! Never made one before. This is now going to be a regular! Loved it and so did the fam!

    • Melissa
      September 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      YEAH! SO pleased you liked the recipe, Donna! thanks for stopping by to let me know. xo

  18. November 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Got my blanket ready…let’s get this picnic started! Like that this chicken is closer to being pan fried, but without actually frying! Great menu!

    • Melissa
      November 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Ooohhh! I’ll be over for the picnic, Bonnie πŸ™‚ what shall I bring? hee hee… thanks for visiting, and enjoy that menu! It’s my favorite way to prepare fried chicken…and that salad is the perfect accompaniment. xo

  19. Barb
    January 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Melissa, where do I buy the spice, herbs de la Provence? I can’t wait to make this and also the chicken.. I’ve always been proud of my southern fried chicken but this looks much easier. Thanks for these recipes, actually I think Lena sent them to me. Bye for now. Hope all is well with you.

  20. Cindy
    February 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Could I use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil? I think my vegetable oil is stale. This looks so good!

    • Melissa
      February 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

      I don’t see why not πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  21. Dawn
    February 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    please tell me what is the food item next to the chicken and potatoes!!!!!!? I MUST KNOW I must Make

    • Melissa
      February 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Dawn! Well… on the plate with the chicken… is just more chicken πŸ™‚ Now that I look at it again it does look like it could be a bread item, or something else fried. LOL… sorry for the confusion. xoxo

    • Donna
      February 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

      If you mean the green sprig that is atop the potatoes, that is a sprig of parsley, I believe.

      • dawn
        February 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        no not the parsley it could be a chicken breast or fried green tomato

  22. February 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I will be making this chicken AND th beautiful salad,

    • Melissa
      February 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  23. GuinR
    March 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Will be making this tomorrow. I’m not the best at frying chicken so this will be a great take on fried chicken.

    • Melissa
      March 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      I think you’re going to love this, Guin. It’s every bit as good as the stuff you’d fry in a skillet, but so much easier! Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  24. Kellie
    October 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Sounds delicious! Do you have a special recipe you use for the gravy?

    • Melissa
      October 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Kellie πŸ™‚ I just use the pan drippings and add whole milk or half & half. I bring it to a gentle boil and add a little cornstarch… whisk until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste πŸ™‚ You could thicken it with a browned roux if you like. See the below instructions on how to make one. Enjoy! ~M

      How to make a roux:
      In a small saucepan, combine 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons flour. Using a wire whisk, over low heat, slowly heat the roux while stirring constantly. It’s done when it turns golden brown and smells nutty. Vigorously stir your browned roux into the boiling gravy until thickened. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

      • Kellie
        October 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        Thank you!

  25. Lillian
    February 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Just tried this chicken recipe tonight. After trying many many oven-baked/oven-fried drumstick recipes, this is my absolute favorite!

  26. Tracy
    March 10, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Can you use boneless skinless chicken? My hubby doesn’t like bone in chicken.

  27. Mary
    November 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I have used recipes I have found online for many different types of food and/or meals but I rarely leave a comment. I had to tell you, “Thank You!!” I followed the recipe EXACTLY as written and I have already deleted any other ‘oven friend chicken recipe I had bookmarked. This was simply amazing and everyone raved about it. I made some ‘box’ stuffing with this and had some left over oil/butter in the pan from the chicken and put some of that in with the stuffing instead of some of the water and butter it called for. Incredible! Marjoram adds such a great aroma and flavor to the breading, I’ll never use another fried chicken recipe again. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! πŸ˜‰

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy you like the recipe, Mary! Your sweet comment made my day! xo

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