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Cornflake Chicken Strips

Cornflake Chicken Strips

We love Chick-Fil-A, but there isn’t one yet in the Chicago-land area.  Crazy, I know.  The closest one is about an hour drive north to Wisconsin (and, yes, we have made the drive just for the chicken!).  I needed to find a “go-to” chicken tenders recipe, fast.  This is it!

The source where I found this recipe calls these yummy little tenders Crispy Baked Chicken Strips, but I wanted to name them Cornflake Chicken Strips because that’s what I was calling them all week with Ben.  The best thing about these is that you can prepare a lot of them at once (they’re so simple!) and freeze them for later.  I also love the rich golden color of these.  For some reason, it gave them a fresher look to me.  I’m all about the appearance (even though my photos of these aren’t great).

Cornflake Chicken Strips 2

This recipe (along with Mama G’s Crab Cakes) gave me another chance to use my new mini 4-cup food processor I got for Christmas.  I love the little thing!  It’s so cute sitting on my counter top.

As for the chicken…wow.  The cornflake breading added a sweet and crunchy flavor.  As I was dipping the chicken in the ingredients bowls, I thought how fun this will be to make with our kids someday and getting their fingers messy with the buttery goodness. But, then I remembered that kids should probably stay away from touching raw chicken.  Oops.  At least they can have fun dipping them in BBQ sauce, ketchup or mustard after they’re cooked.  That’s someday when we even have kids!  It’s fun to think about.  :)

We were going to make a roadtrip to Chick-Fil-A today, but a snowstorm came to town.  So, we got these out of the freezer and had this chicken instead! Yummy!

Cornflake Chicken Strips

Printable Recipe

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
¼ cup flour
8 tablespoons (½ cup) butter, melted
2 cups finely crushed corn flakes cereal

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400˚F. Place an oven-safe cooling rack in a baking sheet.

Place the flour and butter in separate small bowls. Add the crushed cereal to a medium-sized bowl or pie plate. Dip the chicken pieces in the flour, then the butter, then the cereal. Place the coated chicken strips on the rack in the baking sheet.

Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Serve with your favorite sauce.

To freeze these, spread them on a wax paper lined baking sheet after coating and before baking. Place the pan in the freezer and flash freeze for half an hour, until mostly firm. Transfer the strips to freezer bags labeled with the date and cooking instructions. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400˚F and bake for 25 minutes on the baking sheet with the cooling rack.  No need to defrost first.

Source: Adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles

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Comments

  1. These look so good! I’m glad that you found a suitable substitute for Chick-fil-a! I love that place :)

  2. yum! looks good!

  3. Melissa Fitzpatrick says:

    Nikki, these look amazing. I’m going to make these this week.

  4. I’ve totally done this with tenderized pork chops. The cornflakes give it that sweet/crunchy flavor that you just can’t replicate any other way.

  5. These chicken strips sound delicious. I love finding new ways to coat chicken.

  6. Sue Gladd says:

    Oh! You did it again, Nikki! Always giving great recipes and motivation for home cooked meals!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Did you mean 1/4 teaspoon salt? The salt isn’t referred to in the recipe… I assume it gets mixed with the flour? Also 8T is a full stick of butter (1/2 Cup)

    • Anonymous -

      You’re right! I edited this post a few days ago late at night after my 4 month old finally went to bed. Guess my tired eyes missed a few things… :) The salt was an ingredient I meant to delete because I used to brine the chicken, first, but realized it’s not necessary and eliminated the step to save time. And, good catch on my typo for the butter… I meant 1/2 cup instead of 1/2 stick. I’ve had “mommy” brain for the past 4 months! lol!

      Wish you didn’t post Anonymously so I could thank you personally!
      -Nikki

  8. This is genius. Will try them out soon on little one. Better than frozen nuggets any day of the week,

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