Baked Fried Chicken



  1. Combine the buttermilk and garlic in a shallow pan.
  2. Add the chicken pieces, turning to coat thoroughly, then cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least half an hour or overnight.
  4. Turn the chicken pieces over at least once while marinating.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. In a bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, thyme, lemon zest, and salt and pepper.
  7. Drain the chicken pieces and dredge them in the breadcrumbs, then arrange on a rack in a roasting pan.
  8. Press crumbs onto the chicken if some coating falls off.
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is deeply golden and the meat is cooked through.