Double-dip for these super-crispy, oven-baked onion rings

By Jim BaileyYankee Chef logo

Not only are these onion rings ultimately crispy, I couldn’t think of a better way to make these tasty treats better for you. These are no-fail, without the deep-frying guilt  usually associated when enjoying something so delicious. I have found that butter-flavored cooking spray works equally as well without adding too many more calories. And of course this is a great coating for chicken to be baked. Remember to remove the skin of the chicken before coating.

Ultra-crispy baked onion rings.

Ultra-crispy baked onion rings.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup fat free milk
5 egg whites, beaten well
2 cups very fine cornflake crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Separate onion slices into rings; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together milk and egg whites well. In a separate large bowl, combine cornflake crumbs, flour, cornmeal, salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Dip the onion rings into the milk mixture, a few at a time, then into the flour mixture, coating very well. Dip back into the milk mixture again, and lastly back into the flour mixture, shaking off excess. Place on a baking sheet, single layer, and continue with remainder of onion rings. Place them in the refrigerator while preheating oven to 450-degrees F. Spray the tops evenly with nonstick cooking spray, turn over and spray the other side. Bake 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown.

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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at

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