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Cornflake Crumb Chicken

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Looking for a delicious way to enjoy fried chicken without all the grease? Try this cornflake crumb chicken. It is baked to crispy perfection on the outside while keeping the meat juicy and tender.

It’s a classic dinner that our family loves, and we know yours will too. Give it a try tonight!

Dinner plate with cornflake crumb coated chicken leg quarter, mac and cheese and broccoli ready to eat.

If you are like me, you love fried chicken but hate the mess and the grease. This cornflake crumb chicken recipe is a great way to get a similar feel but it is made in the oven.

The seasoned corn flake crumbs bake up nice and crisp, while the chicken inside stays tender and juicy. We love using chicken leg quarters or split breasts, but you can easily use boneless chicken if that is what you prefer.

This one is an oldie but a goody.  My mom grew up eating it. I grew up eating it.

Little Dude will probably grow up eating it if he ever decides to like chicken.  

This kid of mine is strange!  

Coating a chicken leg quarter in seasoned cornflake crumbs with tray of chicken ready to bake in the background.

He will eat pork loin and pork chops, hamburger… but the tiniest bit of chicken will get spit out.  He doesn’t even eat chicken in nugget form.  

What kid doesn’t like nuggets?  

He will try to drink the honey mustard and leave the nuggets!  

Tray of cornflake crumb coated chicken fresh from the oven.

Not that I really mind that he doesn’t like nuggets, really.  It just doesn’t seem right!

Anyway, if you have never had corn flake crumb chicken, the crumbs form a nice crisp crust and the chicken stays moist and delicious.  It is baked, so it is easy to make and it is so yummy!

Tips for Corn Flake Crumb Chicken

When dipping the chicken in the egg mixture and cornflakes, it is good to have a wet hand and a dry hand. Always use the same hand to dip the chicken in the egg mixture and move it to the corn flake crumbs.

Then always use the other hand to apply the crumbs and move the chicken to the baking tray. If you use one hand for the whole process, the crumbs will build up on your fingers and you’ll have a mess.

You can crush your own cornflakes in a food processor or smash them in a plastic bag. Or most grocery stores sell cornflake crumbs that are ready to use.

Close up of chicken leg quarter coated in cornflake crumbs and seasoned salt ready to eat.

This chicken is best fresh from the oven. The coating will soften a bit in the refrigerator.

It will still taste good, but will lack the crunch. If you reheat the chicken in a toaster oven, air fryer, or the oven, it will crisp back up.

Feel free to play with the seasonings. A BBQ rub would be good, or add some kick with cayenne or a chipotle seasoning.

Side Dishes to Serve With Cornflake Chicken

Slow cooker smothered green beans are are easy to make, have a great sweet and sour sauce and plenty of bacon to make them extra tasty!

Soft and delicious corn casserole, also known as corn pudding, is a family friendly and filling side dish. 

Making super cheesy mac and cheese in the instant pot is so quick and simple. It only requires a few simple ingredients and almost no effort.

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Dinner plate with cornflake crumb coated chicken leg quarter, mac and cheese and broccoli ready to eat.

Cornflake Crumb Chicken

Servings: 5 Servings
Author: Carlee
This cornflake crumb chicken is baked until the outside is nice and crispy but the meat is juicy and tender. It is a delicious way to get a fried chicken feel without having to get out the grease and fry anything. It is a classic dinner that our family loves.
5 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 5 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • ½ Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • In shallow bowl, mix together the egg and milk.
    1 large egg, 1 Tablespoon milk
  • In another bowl, mix corn flake crumbs and seasonings. 
    1 cup cornflake crumbs, ½ Tablespoon seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dip chicken quarters in egg mixture and then the crumb mixture, making sure the coat the whole chicken piece.
    5 chicken leg quarters
  • Place on greased baking sheet and bake until crisp and golden brown (about 45 minutes to an hour).  Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. 


You can buy cornflakes already crumbed so they are uniform, or crunch up your own. Either way works.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 65gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 365mgSodium: 853mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 7th of May 2024

I love this chicken!


Tuesday 7th of May 2024

We do too!