An Unhealthy Way to Eat Oatmel: Oatmeal-Fried Chicken

By Mikka Wee/November 12, 2012

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It’s a rare gem to stumble upon a good handful of people who absolutely love oatmeal. Come on, we’re sort-of inherently averse to it because it’s healthy, fiber-y and honestly? Unless you like the taste of cardboard, it doesn’t really have a taste—except when the oatmeal is incorporated into cookies or on this fried chicken!

I won’t say that this is a good way to get your daily fiber fix, but I will say that it’s a good alternative to the flour. Not that it’ll make a remote difference in terms of caloric content, but it will definitely add more crunch and bite to your favorite fried bird.

What’s nice about the breading mix is that the shy amount of paprika makes a world of a difference flavor-wise; it also adds a subtle touch of heat. When dipped into the savory-sweet maple gravy, ahhh, I think you’ll start debating whether KFC is still your favorite chicken.

So if you’re challenged to eat oatmeal in a different form, try using it on some freshly plucked once-feathered friends. It may not be the healthiest way to consume it, but hey. Oatmeal is oatmeal. And at least you don’t have to force yourself to eat it the lumpy way.

Oatmeal Fried Chicken with Maple Gravy

Total Time: 90 minutes / Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients for the Oatmeal Fried Chicken

  • 1 kg chicken pieces
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1 tbsp cane vinegar
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Ingredients for the Maple Gravy

  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup instant gravy

Procedure for the Maple Gravy

  1. Mix together gravy and syrup.
  2. Set aside.

Procedure for the Oatmeal Fried Chicken

  1. Marinate chicken for 20 minutes in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  2. Put milk in bowl with vinegar, stand for 15 minutes, then mix.
  3. In another bowl, put oatmeal.
  4. Dip chicken pieces in milk then in oatmeal; coat very well.
  5. Arrange in a baking tray and pour over melted butter (make sure to evenly pour the butter).
  6. Bake in preheated 375 degrees oven for 40-50 minutes or until browned.
  7. Serve with maple gravy.

Mikka Wee

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  • Anthony C. Monteiro

    hi, what exactly brand of instant gravy do you recommend? Thanks

    • Mikka Wee

      I personally like the McCormick instant gravy mix. :) Either the Herb or Mushroom variant. It’s goooood. Try it!

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com/ joey @ 80 Breakfasts

    I am far from a healthy eater but I honestly love oatmeal! I think I have over 10 different recipes on my blog for it :) It doesn’t have to be boring I promise!

    I also love fried chicken so will definitely try this ;)

    • Mikka Wee

      Coolness! Please do share your oatmeal recipes with us if you want to :) hello@pepper.ph

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasperferrer Jasper Ferrer

    I actually enjoy oatmeal made from rolled oats cooked in milk.XD

    Anyway… what type of oatmeal is used in this recipe? Instant/quick cooking/rolled? hey it may even be cooked…

    • Mikka Wee

      The quick-cooking one! Use Quaker Oats or Australian Harvest. Both brands have a good bite to them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jasperferrer Jasper Ferrer

        i guess those would work best. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allen.genoraga Allen Genoraga

    hi! what’s the milk and vinegar for? thanks!

    • Mikka Wee

      The milk and vinegar work as a flavorful base that holds the oatmeal on the chicken while cooking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kendricks.lao Kendricks Lao

      The vinegar would curdle the milk and thicken it, which would hold the oatmeal. @7a4d7e0c88439d4e59361e14713f5046:disqus , can you use yogurt or buttermilk instead?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jasperferrer Jasper Ferrer

        I think lightly dusting the chicken w/ cornstarch or flour would help the stuff stick better.. well I use that technique when deep frying stuff.. dunno if it would work w/ baking though

  • http://twitter.com/APhylicia Audrey Trinidad

    Would it be okay to use the skim milk instead or will it affect the result too much?