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Turkey Creek Lane · Oven Fried Chicken — My Husband’s Favorite

Oven Fried Chicken — My Husband’s Favorite


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.


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.

1973 Betty Crocker “Cooking for Two Cookbook”

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  1. risingrainbow’s avatar

    I still have this cookbook too, it is one of my favorites. And I do love this chicken recipe.

    Hi risingrainbow,

    I don’t think the old Betty Crocker cookbooks can be improved upon. I love that I almost always have all the ingredients to make the recipes.


  2. sweetrosie’s avatar

    I want that plate of dinner, nom,nom, nom! It looks absolutely delicious. Can you please share the gravy recipe? I suspect you have a different way of making gravy than we do over here. Is it made with some milk?

    I do use milk. But that is after I pour out all but about 2 tablespoons of leftover (ahem) grease. I mix enough flour to that to sop up the grease and chicken scrapings. Add chicken paste, salt and pepper to taste. Put your pan over medium to medium high heat. Then slowly add milk to that, stirring the whole time until it looks right. My gravy isn’t precise. I think I got my original recipe from an old “Joy of Cooking”. I’ll try to dig up that cookbook and post a more exact recipe.


  3. jayedee’s avatar

    oh my gosh! this was the best dadgum chicken ever! it got rave reviews from my family too!

    i have NEVER been able to “do” good fried chicken. my mom, turned out the most wonderful fried chicken in the world with only salt pepper and flour. when i try, blechhhhhhhh!

    not so any more. your recipe (ok ok i’ll give betty crocker a little credit too) was simply the best! my kids thank you! my husband thanks you, even the dogs thank you ’cause they got all the lovely pan drippings stirred into their food lol

    Hi Jayedee!

    I am so glad you liked the chicken. I’ve made chicken other ways with more spices, but, this simple recipe is my husband’s favorite.

    My dogs love “the drippings” too.


  4. jayedee’s avatar

    “what’s for sunday dinner at your house, jayedee?”, you might be thinking to yourself. well, i’ll tell you! it’s your lovely oven fried chicken. can’t seem to get enough of it! lol

    Hi again Jayedee,

    We’re having the chicken tomorrow night. 😉


  5. annie’s avatar

    That’s how my mom always made it; now I’m wondering if that’s where she got the recipe. Its what my son asks for as his birthday dinner every single year. Good stuff!


  6. Strawberry Lane’s avatar

    You just made me think of “home” … complete with the corn.
    This looks like real food.

    Will be having chicken dinner this weekend! Thanks !!
    And … thanks for the gravy that “looks right”.

    For a Midwestern girl, it seems Southern California spends too much time creating artwork on plates and I leave the restaurant hungry.

    Yep, … I’m going back to that well-worn old Betty Crocker cookbook!

    Hi Strawberry Lane,

    Let me know how your chicken and gravy turns out. I am a big Betty Crocker fan. After getting ithe Dinner for Two Cookbook out again, I ended up ordering Betty Crocker’s 1950 and 1954 picture versions. I’m first to the mailbox these days waiting for my new cookbooks. (I definitely am a cookbook junkie).


  7. Carl J’s avatar

    Help! My wife is looking for the spaghetti sauce recipe from the 1973 Betty Crocker Cookbook. Do you have it? She can’t remember a certain spice used in that recipe. Thanks, Carl



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