If you are looking for a chicken recipe that’s easy, quick, and tastes out of this world, please try this Deviled Chicken recipe. The smell of this baked chicken filled my house and made everyone hungry. I couldn’t believe how a simple chicken recipe like this one could have that much flavor.
This southern dish got my attention when I was reading a novel. The Hero asked for it and enjoyed every bite; the description was tempting, and I had to try it myself. There are many versions of this recipe, and I also found a British Deviled chicken recipe, but it looked different. I guess the name (Devilled Chicken) was popular in the old days. I say this because people used to make it in the 1800s. The best part of this recipe is that it comes together in no time. I won’t be exaggerating if I say it took me five or maybe 7 minutes to prepare it and place it in the oven.
WHAT IS DEVILED CHICKEN
Deviled chicken is a Southern dish popular in the 1800s, and people enjoyed it with mashed potatoes or bread on the side. The chicken is seasoned with spices and then covered with buttered breadcrumbs. Some recipe calls for buttermilk which makes the chicken tender, but In this recipe, instead of buttermilk, I have used white vinegar, which does the same. The best part is baking the chicken because the aroma is heavenly.
🥘 INGREDIENTS TO MAKE DEVILED CHICKEN
There are no expensive or special ingredients here, just the regular spices in the kitchen. For a detailed list, please read the recipe card below.
Chicken – I have used medium size chicken with skin on. Cut it in quarters or any way you like.
Butter – We will use the butter in the marinade and the breadcrumbs.
Spices – Nothing fancy, garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika.
Mustard - Do not skip the mustard. It works great in this recipe, enhancing the chicken’s flavor.
🍗 HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN THE CHICKEN
Most of us are used to buying frozen chicken, which tends to have a particular smell we wish to eliminate. You could eliminate that smell using one of the methods below:
Vinegar and salt – This method is if the smell is too strong. For one whole chicken, rub the chicken for two minutes with three tablespoons of salt, sea salt is better. Do not rinse the chicken yet. Add a quarter cup of white vinegar and continue rubbing for a minute. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Rinse the chicken and pat dry, then use it in the recipe.
Flour and salt – Use this method if the raw chicken smells like milk. Rub the chicken with three tablespoons of salt, rinse the chicken, then add half a cup of flour and rub the chicken from all sides for two minutes. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
📋 MAKING DEVILED CHICKEN STEP BY STEP
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and keep aside.
Mix the breadcrumbs with one tablespoon of melted butter and keep aside.
Place the chicken on the baking sheet skin side up.
Mix the remaining ingredients well in a bowl and pour the mixture over the chicken, ensuring it coats the chicken.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the chicken evenly.
Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and prevent the foil from touching the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 30 to 35 minutes.
MORE CHICKEN RECIPES TO TRY
💭 TIPS TO MAKE TASTY AND TENDER CHICKEN
- You can use chicken thighs or chicken breasts to make deviled chicken.
- The chicken will take a longer time if the bone is in.
- For a robust flavor, use Dijon mustard, although regular mustard will do.
- If you want a crisper chicken, go with panko instead of regular breadcrumbs.
- Add hot sauce, cayenne pepper, or sriracha sauce to add heat to the chicken.
🌡️ HOW TO STORE THE CHICKEN
Place the leftover chicken in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days.
To reheat the chicken, place it in a baking pan and heat it in the oven to restore the crunchy top.
- 1 whole chicken skin on, cut in quarters
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoon minced onion
- 2 teaspoon mustard
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoon ketchup
- 2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
- 1 tablespoon melted butter to mix with breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat. and keep it aside.
- Mix the breadcrumbs with one tablespoon of melted butter in a small bowl.
- Place the chicken on the baking sheet skin side up, and make sure the chicken is dry.
- Mix the remaining ingredients well in a separate bowl and pour it over the chicken, ensuring it coats the chicken.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the chicken evenly. Cover with aluminum foil preventing the foil from touching the chicken.
- Bake the chicken covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- You can use skinless chicken breasts or thighs.
- If your oven does not distribute heat evenly, you might need to use the broiler for the last 10 minutes of baking to give the chicken a beautiful golden brown color.
- This post was originally published in 2012 and updated with tips and easy step-by-step instructions.