Oven-Fried, Corn Flake-Crusted Chicken Recipe

An updated retro dish worth trying. Yvonne Ruperti

Notes: For a gluten-free dish, choose a corn cereal that's gluten free, such as Nature's Path Cornflakes, or try General Mill's Corn Chex. Brining for a shorter period of time will result in slightly less juicy chicken and less salty flavor.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 5 hrs
Serves: 4 servings

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  • Kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breast or legs (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 3 cups corn flakes cereal, crushed


  1. Whisk 3 tablespoons kosher salt and 2 teaspoons sugar with 1 quart of water in a large container. Place chicken in brine, cover with lid, and chill at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 400°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and brush with oil. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry.

  3. Stir cornmeal, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne, and oregano in a bowl. Stir buttermilk with 1/8 teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place crushed corn flakes in pie plate.

  4. Working one piece at a time, coat chicken in cornmeal mixture, dip in buttermilk, and coat well in crushed corn flakes. Place chicken, evenly spaced, on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, and chicken is cooked through (160°F for white meat, 170°F for dark), 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
401 Calories
12g Fat
28g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 1013mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 461mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)