Cornflake Chicken Tenders | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cornflake Chicken Tenders

Cornflake Chicken Tenders are dipped in a buttermilk batter and then rolled in seasoned cornflake crumbs and baked to perfection. Because they're baked, they're much better for you than their deep fried cousins!  The seasoned cornflake coating bakes up nice and crispy on the outside and the chicken stays nice and tender on the inside. Make sure you bookmark this recipe so you can make these kid-approved noshes for your family soon!

Cornflake Chicken Tenders | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

It's that time of year again! The summer is winding down and vacation is's time to hit the books and head back to school. This time of year can be hectic, so easy back-to-school recipes like Cornflake Chicken Tenders is a must to have ready for those busy weeknights.

Cornflake breaded chicken! 

This is a recipe I've been making for years now, only I decided to revamp it with some new flavors like buttermilk. Buttermilk gives the chicken a beautiful tang and helps to keep the chicken moist while baking.

The coating and baking technique is a proven one though, and really makes great breaded chicken. If you're not a fan of handling raw chicken,  just skip cutting the chicken breasts into "tenders" and use whole chicken breasts (cook time may need to be adjusted).  Or purchase pre-packaged chicken tenders and use those!

Cornflake Chicken Tenders | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

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Give Cornflake Chicken Tenders a try then come back and let me know what you think! I think you'll agree this family favorite recipe is worth making again and again!

Cornflake chicken tenders, Cornflake chicken
Main Course, Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Cornflake Chicken Tenders

Cornflake Chicken Tenders

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
Cornflake Chicken Tenders are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Bathed in a buttermilk-egg mixture and coated in seasoned cornflakes, they are a must make chicken recipe for your family!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips about two inches wide (I got 3 strips per breast)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour, seasoned with a pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • couple of dashes of hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups cornflake crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika (optional


  1. After slicing chicken, lay flat on cutting board and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Pound slightly to make the chicken have a uniform thickness throughout. ( Generally, one end of the breast is thicker than the want to flatten the thick end to its even with the other end ) Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange three shallow bowls for the dipping stations. This is a three part process. In the first shallow bowl, put the seasoned flour. In the second shallow bowl, put the egg and buttermilk and hot sauce, if using, mix well with fork. In the third shallow bowl ( I actually like to use a pie plate for the last one), mix the cornflake crumbs with the 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, if using. I use my fingers to combine.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place an oven-safe rack over the foil. Spray rack with cooking spray. With your right hand, dredge a piece of chicken in the flour and shake off excess, then dip into the egg mixture, and place into the cornflake crumbs. With your left hand, press the chicken into the cornflake crumbs and then place on prepared rack on the baking sheet. Repeat with remainder of chicken pieces.
  4. Spray the chicken with cooking spray or olive oil. Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until chicken is done. If you want it really crispy, you can turn it over once its done and bake for another couple minutes to crisp up the underside.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

8.20 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.54 g

Carbs (grams)

53.25 g

Fiber (grams)

2.27 g

Net carbs

50.98 g

Sugar (grams)

7.26 g

Protein (grams)

61.54 g

Sodium (milligrams)

913.49 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

193.53 mg

Nutritional Information is an estimate and provided as a courtesy.

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Cornflake Chicken Tenders | Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for crispy oven baked chicken tenders (chicken strips, chicken fingers) coated in cornflake crumbs. Perfect for weeknight dinner or weekday lunch.

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  1. My mom would coat chicken in corn flake crumbs, too! I need to make this nostalgic recipe for my family!

    1. It's definitely one of those nostalgic recipes!

  2. Sounds yummy! My dad used to make something similar when I was a kid and I loved it!

    1.'s one of those recipes that stands the test of time for sure!

  3. This was one of my kids favorites when they were growing up. I haven't made it for my Angel Face yet. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to use your buttermilk tip.

  4. This recipe takes my back! Delicious!

  5. do you place the unbaked chicken tenders on the RACK to bake ? or place it directly on the baking SHEET.

    1. Hi there! You place them on the rack to back. Thanks for your question!


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