Are you ready for a mouthwatering, finger-licking experience? Get ready to indulge in my irresistible hot honey BANGIN’ crunchy cornflake chicken. This recipe will take your taste buds on a wild ride with its perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. Trust me, once you try this crispy and juicy chicken, you’ll be hooked!
A Match Made in Food Heaven
Last year, I stumbled upon a winning combination that Tony and I couldn’t resist. My hot honey baked chicken became an instant favorite. The secret lies in the perfectly seasoned cornflake coating, which turns delightfully crunchy and golden brown while keeping the chicken moist and tender on the inside.
Elevate Your Taste Buds
If you loved my crispy baked chicken nuggets, then get ready to take it up a notch with this better-than-takeout cornflake chicken recipe. The star of the show is the homemade hot honey, which adds a whole new level of flavor. You can drizzle it over the chicken or use it as a dip – the choice is yours. Get ready to indulge like never before!
The Essential Ingredients
To create this delicious hot honey baked chicken, you’ll need just three basic components. It’s a simple recipe that delivers phenomenal taste. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cornflake coating: Get the perfect crunch with cornflakes and a mix of tasty spices like paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Chicken: Choose boneless skinless chicken thighs, eggs, and milk to complete the dish.
- Hot honey: Prepare your homemade hot honey using regular honey and your favorite hot sauce.
Customize Your Culinary Adventure
Want to put your own spin on this cornflake baked chicken? Here are a few simple ways to tailor the ingredients to your liking:
- Gluten-free option: Opt for certified gluten-free cornflake cereal for a gluten-free version. Regular cornflakes contain wheat, so always check the labels.
- Milk choices: Feel free to use any dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice. You only need 2 tablespoons, so get creative!
- Extra heat: If you crave some additional kick, add a couple of teaspoons of your preferred hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the honey and spices. Customize the spice level to suit your taste buds.
Secrets to Crispy Perfection
Since we’re not frying the chicken, here are two key tips to ensure your cornflake chicken emerges from the oven crispy and crunchy:
- Use a wire rack: Place a wire rack on top of your baking sheet. This prevents sticking and allows for airflow, resulting in a crispy texture on all sides. If you don’t have a wire rack, simply flip the chicken halfway through baking.
- Spray before baking: To achieve that coveted golden brown color, spray the chicken with cooking spray before baking. This step enhances the crunchiness and flavor of your masterpiece.
How to Create Cornflake Baked Chicken
Prepare yourself for an easy and rewarding cooking experience with these simple steps:
- Make the cornflake coating: Use a food processor to pulse the cornflakes until they resemble breadcrumbs. Transfer them to a bowl and mix in the spices.
- Create the egg mixture: Whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium bowl until well combined.
- Prep your pan: Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
- Prepare the chicken: Dip each chicken thigh in the egg mixture, then coat it thoroughly with the cornflake mixture. Arrange the chicken thighs on the wire rack.
- Bake to perfection: Spray the chicken thighs with cooking spray and bake until they achieve a crispy, golden brown exterior.
- Serve with hot honey: Microwave the honey and hot sauce, then drizzle the hot honey over the chicken or use it as a dipping sauce. Get ready to savor every bite!
This delectable hot honey baked chicken stands tall on its own, but it also pairs wonderfully with these mouthwatering side dishes:
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Storing and Freezing Tips
If you have any leftovers, here’s how to handle them:
- To store: Place any leftover hot honey baked chicken in an airtight bag or container and keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply place the chicken on a baking sheet and broil it on high for a few minutes until it becomes crispy and heated through.
- To freeze: Allow the chicken to cool completely, then store it in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2-3 months. For best results, reheat the chicken in the oven to achieve that perfect crispiness.
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I hope this amazing crunchy cornflake baked chicken recipe brings you joy and leaves you craving more. Be sure to leave a comment and rating to let me know how much you enjoyed it. Bon appétit!