This recipe is adapted from one I found in a magazine to make it a little easier. It has less fat and fewer calories than fried chicken, with plenty of crispy flavors.
- Place chicken pieces, buttermilk, bay leaves, garlic, salt, and black pepper into a large resealable plastic bag and knead bag several times to mix buttermilk and seasonings with chicken. Squeeze air from the bag, seal, and refrigerate at least 2 hours (up to overnight) to marinate.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a wire cooking rack into a roasting pan.
- Drain marinade from bag and discard bay leaves. Mix Parmesan cheese, flour, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Add Parmesan cheese mixture to chicken in the bag, close the bag, and shake to thoroughly coat chicken pieces with the mixture.
- Whisk egg and water in a shallow bowl. Place potato flakes in a separate shallow bowl. Dip floured chicken pieces in egg mixture; roll pieces in potato flakes to thoroughly coat. Arrange the chicken pieces on wire rack.
- Bake chicken for 15 minutes and turn pieces over on rack; continue baking until chicken is no longer pink inside and a coating is browned and crisp, 15 to 20 more minutes.
- Cook’s Note:
- For variation you can use flavored potato flakes; just be mindful of the saltiness of the flakes combined with the Parmesan.