This is my husband’s favorite dinner. Absolutely. No question about it.
The recipe is from Betty Crocker’s 1973 “Dinner for Two”, which was one of my first cookbooks. I own a LOT of cookbooks, but this is the one I’ve used the most.
Over the years, I’ve doubled the chicken recipe many times. It is foolproof.
OVEN FRIED CHICKEN
1/4 cup shortening or salad oil (part butter)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp paprika (I use more)
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 lbs. chicken pieces or 2-pound broiler-fryer chicken cut into quarters
DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 425 degrees. In oven, melt shortening in baking pan. Mix flour, salt, paprika and pepper in plastic or paper bag; shake chicken 2 or 3 pieces at a time, in bag until coated.
Place chicken skin side down in pan. Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Turn chicken; bake until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.