This recipe for cornflake chicken is strips of chicken breast coated in seasoned crushed cornflakes and baked to crispy perfection. These chicken fingers are easy to make and are a big hit with both kids and adults!

When I’m looking for a dinner option I know my family will happily eat, I turn to slow cooker whole chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and this easy cornflake chicken.

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

When I was growing up, one of my favorite meals that my mom used to make was cornflake chicken. She’d take whole pieces of chicken and coat them in cornflakes, then bake the chicken. These cornflake chicken tenders are an updated version of that recipe that my mom used to make, and it’s probably no surprise that my kids love them too!

How do you make cornflake chicken?

This recipe starts with boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, which are dipped in a milk and egg mixture, then rolled in seasoned crushed cornflakes. The chicken fingers go into the oven and get baked until golden brown and crispy. Add your favorite side dishes, then serve and enjoy!

Chicken breast tenders on a sheet pan.

Tips for cornflake chicken

  • I like to use chicken breast tenders because they cook quickly and they’re already pre-cut which saves on prep time. You can also use this cornflake coating on regular chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs. If you use larger breasts or thighs, be sure to adjust the bake time accordingly.
  • You can crush your cornflakes in the food processor, or simply place them in a resealable plastic bag and use a rolling pin to make coarse crumbs.
  • These chicken fingers are best served immediately after they come out of the oven. The cornflake coating will soften in the refrigerator. If you have leftovers, you can warm them in an oven or toaster oven to restore the crispy coating.
  • You can vary the spices in the cornflake coating to suit your tastes. I use a blend of smoked paprika, onion powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Other great options include garlic powder or chili powder. You can also substitute in a few teaspoons of my homemade chicken seasoning for the spices listed in the recipe.

Chicken tenders rolled in crushed cornflakes.

How to serve cornflake crusted chicken

This chicken can be served as a main course or as an appetizer. When I serve this dish as an appetizer, I offer up a variety of dipping sauces such as ketchup, honey mustard sauce and ranch dip. When I serve cornflake chicken as an entree, I plate it with a starch and a green vegetable. My favorite starch options include macaroni and cheese, rice pilaf or mashed potatoes. I typically serve green beans, asparagus or broccoli on the side.

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

This recipe is sure to be a hit with your family – it’s one of the few dinners that everyone eats happily. That combination of tender chicken with crunchy cornflakes just can’t be beat, and it’s a much healthier option than fried chicken.

Baked cornflake chicken on a sheet pan.


4.96 from 75 votes

Cornflake Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Cornflake chicken on a serving plate, garnished with fresh parsley.
This recipe for cornflake chicken is strips of chicken breast coated in seasoned crushed cornflakes and baked to crispy perfection. These chicken fingers are easy to make and are a big hit with both kids and adults!
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper plus more to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  • Place the milk and eggs in a bowl; whisk to combine.
  • In a food processor pulse together the cornflakes, smoked paprika, onion powder, sugar, salt and pepper until coarse crumbs form.
  • Pour the cornflake mixture onto a plate.
  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the milk mixture, then roll in the cornflakes.
  • Place the chicken on the baking sheet in a single layer. Coat the tops of the chicken tenders with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and crispy. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

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

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  1. 5 stars
    What a fun and easy dish! A restaurant worthy recipe, indeed! Can’t wait to have this for dinner tonight!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these cornflake chicken strips last night. My guys could not get enough and asked for more. I am repeating them tonight. DELICIOUS!

  3. Look at that crispiness! Love the seasoning and breading on this. Definitely makes for a quick and easy meal for adults & kids 🙂

  4. Who doesn’t love a crunchy chicken tender! These look wonderful and your photos are gorgeous 🙂 Sharing!

  5. Memories! My mom used to make corn flake chicken, too — yum! Your tenders look so good! So crunchy! Great dish to serve up – love that they’re easy to coat, too!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve never had this before, but always wanted to try it! Might be my project for the weekend 🙂

  7. I love using cornflakes to make chicken strips – they come out so beautifully golden! Obvious why kids and husbands love these 🙂

  8. I do cornflake coated chicken wings but I’ve never thought to do cornflake chicken tenders! Looks awesome!

  9. These look so awesome. No matter how old I get I ALWAYS love a good chicken tender. So cool, I’ll have to make these! 🙂

  10. I love how crisp and delicious these look!! And, of course, that they are baked n not fried 🙂

  11. OMG I can just taste the crunch of these now — I know I’d love them, my mom used to make something similar — brings back memories!

  12. 5 stars
    We are a baked chicken tenders family, too! I love a quick buttermilk marinade and love that you use cornflakes here – too easy! Bonus points for the variety of dipping sauces – it’s nice to have options 😉

  13. Great dish! Love the crunch from the cereal and especially that they’re baked 🙂