Deliciously Crispy Cornflake Chicken

Are you looking for a mouthwatering dish that both kids and adults will love? Look no further! This recipe for cornflake chicken is a delightful twist on a classic favorite. Imagine tender chicken breast strips coated in seasoned crushed cornflakes, baked to perfection, and served with your favorite side dishes. It’s a winning combination that will have everyone asking for seconds!

Cornflake chicken on a serving plate, garnished with fresh parsley.

A Childhood Favorite Reinvented

As a child, I fondly remember my mom making cornflake chicken. She would take whole pieces of chicken, coat them in cornflakes, and bake them until they were crispy and golden brown. Now, I’ve updated that recipe to create these irresistible cornflake chicken tenders that my own kids can’t get enough of. It’s a timeless dish that has stood the test of time.

How to Make Cornflake Chicken

To make this delectable dish, start with boneless skinless chicken breast tenders. Dip them in a mixture of milk and eggs, and then roll them in seasoned crushed cornflakes. Place the chicken fingers in the oven and bake until they turn golden brown and have a satisfying crunch. The result is a delightful combination of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Chicken breast tenders on a sheet pan.

Tips to Perfect Your Cornflake Chicken

Here are a few tips to help you make the best cornflake chicken:

  • I recommend using chicken breast tenders as they cook quickly and are already pre-cut, saving you time in the kitchen. However, you can also use regular chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs. Just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly.
  • Crush your cornflakes either in a food processor or by placing them in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin to make coarse crumbs.
  • Cornflake chicken is at its best when served immediately after baking. The cornflake coating may soften if refrigerated. If you have any leftovers, simply warm them in the oven or toaster oven to restore their crispy coating.
  • Feel free to experiment with different spices in the cornflake coating. I personally love a blend of smoked paprika, onion powder, sugar, salt, and pepper. You can also add garlic powder or chili powder for an extra kick. Alternatively, substitute a few teaspoons of my homemade chicken seasoning for a unique flavor.
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Chicken tenders rolled in crushed cornflakes.

Serve and Savor

This versatile dish can be enjoyed as a main course or as a scrumptious appetizer. When serving it as an appetizer, offer a variety of dipping sauces such as ketchup, honey mustard, or ranch dip. As a main course, pair the cornflake chicken with a starch like macaroni and cheese, rice pilaf, or mashed potatoes, along with a nutritious green vegetable like green beans, asparagus, or broccoli.

Cornflake crusted chicken fingers served with asparagus and mac and cheese.

A Family Favorite

This cornflake chicken recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Its irresistible combination of tender chicken and crispy cornflakes will have your family begging for more. Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to fried chicken, making it a guilt-free indulgence. So, why not treat your loved ones to this delightful dish and create lasting memories around the dinner table?

Baked cornflake chicken on a sheet pan.

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This article was originally published on March 20, 2016, and was updated on August 8, 2019, with new content.