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Cornflake Chicken Tenders

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Cornflake chicken tenders are a a classic dinner that the whole family will love! Seasoned with ranch, the cornflakes add such a nice flavor to this recipe and is sure to be a hit with your family! It is so simple to make with pantry ingredients too.

baked cornflake chicken tenders on a plate.
Super tasty cornflake chicken tenders

Love my cornflake chicken tenders? You’ll want to try my Mississippi Chicken and my Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga for more great dinner ideas.

Chicken tenders are a favorite at our house! My favorite thing to take homemade chicken tenders up a notch or two is coating them in cornflakes. These chicken tenders are juicy inside and crispy on the outside.

This oven-fried chicken is an easy dinner recipe when you’re ready for a comfort food classic!

cornflake chicken tenders on a red plate.
Delicious cornflake chicken

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthier than traditional fried chicken because there’s no skin on the chicken and it’s not deep fried.
  • The breading is seasoned just right, adding another dimension of flavor and texture.
  • Baked to crispy perfection, while the chicken remains juicy and tender.
  • Kid-friendly meal, and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders – the perfect strips for the tenders.
  • Milk – reacts with chicken to tenderize it.
  • Eggs – beaten eggs are the key to getting the cornflake crust to adhere to the chicken.
  • Cornflakes adds the perfect crust for crunchy chicken.
  • Sweet Paprika adds color and a mild peppery flavor.
  • Ranch Seasoning adds rich ranch flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – simple seasonings are all you need.

How To Make This Recipe

nine image process making cornflake chicken tenders.
Cornflake chicken tenders process

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and then place an ovenproof rack overtop. Set aside.

Step 2:

Place the cornflakes, paprika, ranch seasoning, salt and white pepper in a food processor and blitz until cornflakes are finely ground. It’s okay if the texture isn’t completely uniform. (You can also use a large zip top bag and crush the cornflakes with a rolling pin.)

Step 3:

Place the crumb coating mixture in one bowl, then place the milk and eggs in a second bowl. Beat the eggs and milk until fully combined.

Step 4:

Dip each chicken tender in the milk mixture, then coat completely in the cornflake mixture.

Step 5:

Place the crumb-coated chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet.

Step 6:

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

cornflake chicken tenders dipped in ranch.
Crispy chicken tender dipped in ranch

Recipe Tips

  • Buy chicken breast tenders already pre-cut which saves on prep time.
  • Chicken tenders are best served immediately after they come out of the oven. Refrigerating will soften the cornflake coating.
  • Use a variety of spices in the cornflake coating, such as smoked paprika, onion powder or sugar.
  • Use chicken thighs or drumsticks if you prefer dark meat chicken.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Place cooled tenders in an airtight container. They will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Reheating: Tenders are best warmed up in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven for 5 minutes.

Freezing: It’s best to freeze the tenders before baking. After the chicken is coated in the cornflake coating, place chicken on parchment covered baking sheet. Place sheet in freezer for a few hours, or until frozen solid. Then, transfer the frozen tenders to a freezer safe zip top bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

FAQ

Are corn flakes better than bread crumbs?

Cornflakes are a classic stand-in for traditional breadcrumbs. Corn or rice Chex would also make a great crust.

Are chicken tenders and chicken strips the same?

Fingers, tenders and strips are often used interchangeably to refer to breaded tenders.

What is a good side dish for chicken tenders?

Sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli, tater tots, green beans and fruit are all great side dish options.

Are cornflakes made out of corn?

Yes. Corn grits are rolled out into flakes. Those flakes are then cooked, dried and toasted.

Yield: 4 Servings

Cornflake Chicken Tenders

cornflake chicken tenders on a red plate.

Cornflake chicken tenders are a a classic dinner that the whole family will love! Seasoned with ranch, the cornflakes add such a nice flavor to this recipe and is sure to be a hit with your family! It is so simple to make with pantry ingredients too.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (approximately 3 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups Cornflakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and then place an ovenproof rack overtop. Set aside.
  3. Place the cornflakes, paprika, ranch seasoning, salt and white pepper in a food processor and blitz until cornflakes are finely ground. It's okay if the texture isn't completely uniform. (You can also use a large zip top bag and crush the cornflakes with a rolling pin.)
  4. Place the crumb coating mixture in one bowl, then place the milk and eggs in a second bowl. Beat the eggs and milk until fully combined.
  5. Dip each chicken tender in the milk mixture, then coat completely in the cornflake mixture.
  6. Place the crumb-coated chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 165°.

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