For months, my fiance has beeng going on and on and on about the fried chicken from TheKitchen in Silverlake.  So one rainy Friday night a couple of weeks ago, we headed over there so I could experience the joy that is The Kitchen and so he could satiate his fried chicken fiending.  Tucked in on corner in Silverlake, you would almost miss the place if you weren’t looking for the artwork on the building and tables outside.

While the fried chicken is just as delightful as my honey had described, I couldn’t help but think about which area on my body the fat was collecting.  (Bonus: the fried chicken is BONELESS which scores points in my book because I do not like food on the bone – fun fact).  Food that tastes that good can’t possibly be healthy, right? I immediately felt guilty… and the ordered the flourless chocolate cake.

Luckily, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started watching TV shows that your mom probably watches.  While tuning into one of my new favorites, Dr. Oz, I was ecstatic to see the Deen Brothers discussing how they’d revamped a viewer’s high calorie, high fat, highly delicious fried chicken recipe into a much healthier version.

Below is the Deen Brothers’ recipe for lower fat, just as yummy, fried chicken:


  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of all visible fat (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 tsp Paula Deen’s House Seasoning (1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1/8 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups cornflake crumbs


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a large shallow baking pan with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the chicken with the house seasoning. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, juice, egg white, and hot sauce. Add the chicken; toss to coat.

Place the cornflake crumbs on a sheet of wax paper. Dip the chicken into the crumbs pressing so the crumbs adhere. Place the chicken in the pan and lightly spray with nonstick spray.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 40 – 45 minutes. Do not turn.

While, I have yet to cook this up myself, I wanted to share it with you guys and perhaps we can share notes. Um, anyone have a low cal option for delicious chocolate cake?