10 Easy Southern Baked Chicken Recipes

By: Natalie Taylor, Editor, FaveSouthernRecipes.com

Every Southerner knows that you can't mess with a classic like fried chicken. However, there are times when a lighter, slightly healthier option is what you crave. We have assembled this collection of 10 Easy Southern Baked Chicken Recipes to satisfy your craving for Southern cooking while providing a lighter alternative to fried chicken. Whether you're searching for baked chicken recipes or Southern recipes for crispy baked chicken, we have something for you.
If you want healthier cooking options, but you cringe at the thought of bland chicken, our collection will prove that you don't have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthier. This varied list of easy baked chicken recipes uses enticing flavors such as bourbon, sweet tea, Coca-Cola, and even nacho cheese. Boring baked chicken recipes are a thing of the past. So take a look at this collection of roasted chicken recipes; you just might realize what you've been missing!

Baked Chicken Recipes

These easy Southern recipes use delicious seasonings to create complex flavors. Whether you like sweet or zesty flavors, these baked chicken recipes are truly something special.

  1. Sweet Tea Brined Roasted Chicken - This roasted chicken gets its flavor from a marinade of tea, sugar, garlic, and lemon. This inventive recipe combines chicken with the classic flavor of Southern sweet tea. Everyone will love this tasty recipe for chicken.

  2. Weeknight Garlic Parmesan Baked Chicken - Garlic, cheese, and tomatoes add Italian flair to this easy baked chicken recipe. For a lighter version of Chicken Parmesan, look no further than this simple weeknight recipe.

  3. Coca-Cola Drumsticks - Homemade barbecue sauce gets an extra kick of flavor from Coca-Cola. This test kitchen-approved recipe creates a perfect balance of salty and sweet. This is one recipe you won't want to miss!

  4. Southern Roast Chicken and Potatoes - If you want to spice up your life, try this zesty chicken recipe. Seasoned with cumin and sriracha this chicken recipe is sure to be a hit. Plus, this easy meal features potatoes, leeks, and arugula, so it is a complete meal.

  5. Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken - For a meal that perefectly balances sweet and salty, look no further than this simple recipe for Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken. This chicken is broiled to create a deliciously flavorful crust.

Crispy Baked Chicken Recipes

  1. Pretzel Crusted Ranch Chicken Tenders - This crispy baked chicken recipe has such a crunchy texture, you'd think you were eating a piece of fried chicken! The sriracha ranch sauce is the perfect companion to this unique chicken recipe.

  2. Baked Cajun Chicken - Cajun seasoning, breadcrumbs, and buttermilk are the only ingredients you need to make this flavorful baked chicken. Everyone will love this zesty Creole chicken recipe.

  3. Cheddar Cornbread Baked Chicken - Cornbread and cheese meet in perfect harmony in this easy recipe for baked chicken. After being dipped in buttermilk, the chicken is coated in crumbled cornbread and crushed cheese crackers for a seriously good dinner recipe.

  4. Honey Bourbon Oven-Fried Chicken - This recipe is so crispy it would fool even the biggest fan of fried chicken! Panko breadcrumbs and cornflakes add the perfect amount of crunch while the honey bourbon sauce is the perfect companion to this crispy chicken.

  5. Nacho Cheese Oven-Fried Chicken - Nacho cheese has never tasted so good! This recipe for baked crispy chicken stars chicken breasts that have been stuffed with cheese and coated in a mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

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