Oprah Chicken

Oprah Un-fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Everyone has at least a few great recipes they steal from Mom when they leave the nest. I am so excited to share this one with you, because it is SO good and SO healthy! Victor requests this one at least a few times a month, and it is so easy to prepare that I always oblige. It originally came from the cookbook written by Oprah’s personal chef at the time, Rosie Daley. I think it’s called “In the Kitchen with Rosie.” The recipe is officially called “Unfried Chicken” because you would swear that you were eating Fried Chicken, but it’s baked in the oven with only enough oil to grease the pan. Make it coconut oil, and you can’t even feel guilty about that! This recipe is great hot or cold, so it would be awesome at a 4th of July picnic.


Oprah Chicken (for 2, plus leftovers.)


6 skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed (bone in or out,  up to you! It works with breasts too if you are trying to be extra healthy) keep these in the fridge or in

ice water until you are ready to use them. The recipe just works better when the chicken is really cold.

2 cups low fat plain Greek yogurt, in a large bowl


In a 1-gallon ziplock bag:

1 cup flour

1 cup bread crumbs

Add about a tsp of each of the following: dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, Old Bay seasoning, black pepper, creole seasoning, garlic powder

Add a pinch (or two) of each of the following: cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper

Seal bag and Shake to mix well.

Grease a cookie sheet with Kelapo Coconut Oil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dip each piece of chicken in Greek yogurt, then drop in bag and cover with crumb mixture. Place on cookie sheet. Your hands will be gross! Make sure you wash with antibacterial soap after. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, then flip chicken over with a metal spatula and bake another 20-25 min, depending on how crispy you like your “fried” chicken.

We round this meal out with some mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and steamed broccoli. As Oprah would say, “Three words: Fab-u-lous!”


– AR

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