Sunday, 12 January 2014

JJ's MOCK Fried chicken! Figure Friendly!!

Just in time for Sunday dinner! Run, don't walk to the store and buy these ingredients! This is a "10"!

I love fried chicken, in so many speaks to my soul, growing up with it every Sunday. However, I cringe at the thought of all that FAT! Thank goodness I have perfected a healthier oven-baked version, with a surprise ingredient, that tastes just as savory and juicy as the indulgent original. The original being "Dot's Sunday Fried Chicken", my Mom's fried chicken. We looked forward to this delicious, succulent fried chicken every Sunday, served with baked potatoes, green beans with bacon and buttermilk biscuits! YUM!
I created this recipe in the 1990's, when "Fat Free" was the way to go. I jumped on the band wagon with everyone else, discarding "Fat" like it wasn't necessary and working on recipes to make them "Fat Free"! Of course, we all know now that good fat is an important part of our diet. This uses cooking spray to create that crispy skin we love.........after all, whats the point of skinless fried chicken?

JJ's Mock Fried Chicken

1 frying chicken, cut up into pieces
1 Package Good Season's Italian Dressing mix 
1/3 c. all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon Lawry's seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
Butter flavor cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 F
Place all the dry ingredients in a plastic zip lock bag, or as my Mother did (and I'm sure yours) in a brown paper bag. Give it a good shake to mix it up, add the chicken 3-4 pieces at a time, and shake again.

Spread the chicken pieces out on a sided baking sheet, lined with parchment or Silpat. Spray with cooking spray.

Bake in oven for 50 minutes, until internal temperature is 175 degrees F. and the outside of the chicken is crispy.

I served with "Cheesy Potatoes" with a crispy corn flake topping. I will post soon, however, would not fall into the "Figure Friendly" series.

Getting the final pictures became a project! I made this delicious Mock Fried Chicken for a recent family gathering, went to get my camera and came back to an empty basket!! NO KIDDING!! So with family hovering over this basket, I snapped 4 pictures before the tongs were flying!! I love it! My sweet son said, "It's awesome!"

Whether you take it along on a picnic, serve it up for your football party or serve it at home for a family supper, this updated classic is a tasty version without all the fat!

The countdown!! Three weeks to our cottage on the Atlantic!


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Sam! See you soon! We can't hardly wait to get onto the sandy beaches of Ochi! Thanks for commenting Cheers! JJ

  2. Brilliant!! Love the snowman! Love the chicken! Thanks! Patricia

    1. Hi Patricia! Thanks for commenting! We love this juicy, crispy chicken too! Cheers! JJ

  3. I concur with patricia!

    1. Thank you for commenting and visiting my blog! Happy New Year! JJ

  4. Copy and pasted from my personal B page_I have to extend a compliment to you from my whole crew . Made your Mock Chicken dinner tonight and everyone absolutely loved it. Compliments were flying out of their mouths before they were done chewing their first bites !!
    AWESOMNESS !!! Allie M

  5. From personal FB page- I'm making it Sunday Allie. JJ has the best recipes. Jane H

  6. Copy and pasted from my personal FB page-aw man, Steve grabbed some chicken from the store was going to do the same, realized I need Italian dressing mix UGH! tomorrow for sure! Stephanie R


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