French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken

5 from 6 votes

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a crispy chicken on a platter.

French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken is one of those gifts from the kitchen that just keeps giving. Budget friendly, simple to make in the oven instead of the deep fryer, and great for leftovers, it’s pretty easy to figure out why our boys went wild for this meal. May I just add, their dad did as well.

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French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken

Friday night, I found myself flying solo at our little lake retreat, with just the constant chatter of our four youngest boys to keep me intrigued and their appetites to keep me busy.

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All 12 and under, their conversations revolved around different methods of cutting a penny in half (locomotive vs. coin,) the distance in feet to the moon, and the actual temperature of the sun’s center.  At their ages, there is never a shortage of thought-provoking questions. The predominant one is always the same, though. “What are we having to eat?”

A bunch of food with a bowl of raw chicken

What this Chicken Recipe Takes:

(See full recipe below for complete list of ingredients and instructions)

  • 3-4 lbs chicken (our boys love drumsticks, I indulged them with just drumsticks.)
  • French fried onion rings
  • Breadcrumbs (I used panko for extra texture.)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Flour (optional but recommended)
  • Butter
  • Seasoning

After dredging the chicken in a combination of French fried onions, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs, it bakes in the oven. No hot and messy grease required, resulting in all of the taste and a fraction of the dietary fat and calories. Win. Win.

crispy chicken drumsticks on a grill.
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I can’t remember where I got the idea for this French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken. It is so basic, I shudder to even refer to it as a recipe. It’s about as far from gourmet as the boys’ question about the moon’s distance. Still, this is some of the best chicken I have ever tasted and among the best chicken I have ever made.

two crispy chicken drumsticks on a plate.
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Much like the time I spend at our remote cottage with the boys, this recipe proves you don’t need high sophistication for a good experience.  Great tasting food does not need to be highfalutin and fancy, few examples demonstrate this theory better than this French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken.

A breaded drumstick on a plate
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We’ve been around a few years now and have made quite a few chicken dishes on Platter Talk. In fact, I’ve even came right out and confessed that I’m somewhat of a chicken snob. Let me be clear: This is good chicken. Give it a try and if you figure out the distance to the moon in feet, I’d love to know the answer. I think the boys would as well.  -Dan

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French Fried Onion Ring Baked Chicken Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Super crunchy and super delicious, easy baked chicken
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Yield: 8 servings


  • 3-4 lbs of chicken.
  • 1 6 oz container French fried onion rings, crushed
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
  • Place flour in shallow bowl.
  • In another shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk.
  • In third bowl, combine crushed French fried onions, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning.
  • Using standard breading technique, dredge chicken in flour, egg mixture, and finally breadcrumbs and other ingredients. It may be necessary to firmly pat breadcrumb mixture on chicken so that it sticks well.
  • Place chicken on baking sheet until all are ready to place in oven.
  • Place chicken directly on a greased oven rack, in center of oven. Place pans beneath rack, to catch drippings.
  • Drizzle butter over chicken and bake for about 50 minutes until juices run clear.


Monitor chicken every 10 or 15 minutes. If it looks like it is getting too dark (brown) too fast, reduce oven temperature by 25 to 50°.


Calories: 613kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 881mg, Potassium: 693mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 675IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 319mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this! Looks so delicious and love that this can be made in the oven instead of deep frying!

    1. You’re going to love it even more when you taste it! Thanks so much for the great comments!

  2. This looks dangerously delicious! French fried onions are one of my greatest weaknesses…but I’ve never thought to use them to coat chicken. YUM.

  3. 5 stars
    That is really pretty chicken, Dan. It looks like a keeper recipe for sure. I enjoy reading your stories about your boys. So fun to remember the endlessly, questing minds of my own kids. Such a special time of life!

  4. 5 stars
    I can see why the kids loved this chicken dish Dan. So full of flavor and FUN! Thank you for sharing another great family-friendly dish with us!

  5. Thanks for the comments, Byron. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this one!

  6. Two of my favourite things! I’m a sucker for those French fried onions, and I’m with your kids on the chicken drumstick thing. LOL. I’ll be making these for sure!