Slap Yo Mama Oven-Baked Fried Smart Chicken

      Oh My! This is a "Slap Yo Mama" recipe for delicious southern "fried" chicken. You get the taste of fried Smart Chicken without all the mess; plus you get the added benefit of it being so much healthier for you!

      4+ cups Rice Krispy cereal, crushed in food processor, blender or in a zip-lock bag, use more if needed*

      1/2 package Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning Mix, optional


      3 Tablespoons Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning Mix, optional

      Salt and pepper, to taste

      1 stick unsalted butter, melted, or more if needed

      1 package Smart Chicken, your choice of pieces (thighs, drumsticks, breasts, etc.)

      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, place melted butter. Line baking sheet with parchment paper to aid in clean up. Set aside.
      • In a gallon-size zip-lock bag, add crushed cereal, powdered ranch seasoning, if using, and salt and pepper. Dip Smart Chicken pieces in butter and place in zip-lock bag. Shake well. For extra-crispy Smart Chicken, repeat process. You can dip the Smart Chicken in a container filled with crushed cereal.
      • Place Smart Chicken pieces on baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. With a fork or pair of tongs, turn Smart Chicken over and bake approximately 20 more minutes, or until a digital thermometer reads at least 170 degrees F. Remove and place on serving platter or plate. Serve.
      Serves 4.

      Note: The drippings and crunchies found in the bottom of baking sheet can be added to your homemade gravy recipe.

      Note: Because the Smart Chicken pieces are already rinsed for you, you do not have to rinse them again, unless you feel it is absolutely necessary for your peace of mind.