Gallo Spicy Oven Fried Chicken

DSC06408 Gallo Spicy Oven Fried Chicken

I never make fried chicken because I try to avoid the grease in my diet, so I bake it in the oven instead. This chicken is oven baked with crunchy panko bread crumbs creating a moist chicken on the inside. I make a hot spicy sauce with Portuguese hot sauce to drizzle on top for great flavor and kick! Of course it’s optional to use the sauce. I usually top half of the chicken and leave the other half plain.


10-12 pieces of uncooked chicken preferably thighs and legs

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

2 tablespoons piri piri or hot sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vinegar

Bread coating:

1 and 1/2 cups plain panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup regular bread crumbs

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Hot Sauce:

1/4 cup hot sauce ( Portuguese brand or Tabasco)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder


Mix the milk, vinegar, salt, pepper, piri piri or hot sauce and garlic powder in a large bowl. Add the chicken and coat with the milk mix. Let sit for at least 3 hours or over night in the refrigerator.

Let chicken sit 30 minutes before coating.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with a heavy layer of cooking spray.

Place the coating mix in a plastic bag and shake well. Drain chicken of any milk or pat dry and then place 3 pieces at a time in the plastic bag. Layer evenly on baking sheet. Top with any leftover coating mix if you want an extra crispy layer on chicken. Spray top of chicken with a coating of cooking spray.

Cook for about 40 to 45 minutes until crispy. Note, that ovens vary so check chicken after 30 minutes to adjust time.

While the chicken cooks, make the hot sauce by placing all the ingredients in a small pan and cook for a few minutes. Taste the sauce and add more hot sauce if desired. Brush chicken with the sauce and serve or, if desired; place the chicken back into oven and broil for a few minutes to achieve a sticky crust.








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