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Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

Tasty, easy and fast, these Cornflake Chicken Nuggets are a fun dinner or lunch recipe that is perfect for kids and adults alike! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for the perfect meal!

A CRUNCHY CHICKEN NUGGET RECIPE

My family can never get enough of chicken nuggets. I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make them and testing new flavors. This Cornflake Chicken Nugget recipe is great for lunch or dinner. Serve it with some French fries or onion rings and you have yourself the perfect family-friendly meal. You don’t need any oil or fryers for this recipe because they are baked! I give air fryer directions below as well! If you want to try a fun, new, crunchy, tasty recipe, you need to make these Cornflake Chicken Nuggets!

Overhead of Cornflake Chicken Nuggets in black platter with dipping sauces.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Could I substitiute with chicken thighs ?

Yes! You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins.

Do I have to use cornflakes to coat these?

No. Some other ideas include: crushed up cheez-its or crackers, potato chips, panko breadcrumbs, etc.

What is the best way to crush up the cornflakes?

I like to place them in a ziploc bag and just hit them with a rolling pin. You don’t need to get them too fine. A coarse texture is perfect.

Can I use other seasonings in this?

Absolutely, you can season with whatever you’d like. Just mix together your favorite seasoning blend and mix it in with the crushed cornflakes.

What dipping sauces are best?

Some options are: ketchup, honey mustard, spicy mustard, ranch, bbq sauce, etc.

Can I make these in the air fryer?

Absolutely! To do that, prepare the chicken nuggets all the way up to the coating. Preheat your air fryer to 390F degrees, place chicken nuggets in the basket of the air fryer and cook for about 8 minutes until golden brown. You can flip halfway through if you’d like. These will be done when an internal kitchen thermometer reads 165 degrees F.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 2 days. These can also be frozen. To do this I like to place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for an hour until frozen (this is called flash freezing), then transfer to a freezer bag where they should last up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight until thawed. Reheat using an air fryer or in the microwave.

Pinterest image of Cornflake Chicken Nuggets on black platter stacked with dipping sauce.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • cornstarch
  • cornflakes
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • paprika
Ingredients needed: chicken breasts, eggs, cornstarch, cornflakes, grated parmesan, kosher salt, Italian seasoning, paprika and pepper.

HOW TO MAKE CORNFLAKE CHICKEN NUGGETS:

Preheat the oven to 400F degrees and set a cooling rack on top of a large baking sheet. In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together crushed cornflakes, parmesan, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Place cornstarch in a second bowl and beaten eggs in a third bowl.

Crushed cornflakes, parmesan, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika mixed together in one bowl, cornstarch added to another bowl and egg beaten in small bowl.

Coat chicken piece in cornstarch.

Chicken piece being dipped into cornstarch.

Next, dip them in the eggs.

Cornstarch coated chicken piece being dipped in egg.

Lastly coat in the cornflake mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Chicken piece being coated in cornflake mixture.

Transfer to the cooling rack atop the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top of the nuggets with canola oil spray. 

Coated chicken pieces placed on a wire rack over baking pan.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Finished chicken nuggets on wire rack over baking pan.

Then enjoy with your favorite dipping sauces!

Close up of Cornflake Chicken Nuggets with one broken in half showing the inside.

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Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

Tasty, easy and fast, these Cornflake Chicken Nuggets are a fun dinner or lunch recipe that is perfect for kids and adults alike! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for the perfect meal!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For serving: bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, ketchup, ranch, etc

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees and set a cooling rack on top of a large baking sheet.
    • In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together crushed cornflakes, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika.
    • Place cornstarch in a second bowl and beaten eggs in a third bowl.
    • Coat chicken piece in cornstarch.
    • Next, dip them in the eggs.
    • Lastly coat in the cornflake mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken.
    • Transfer to the cooling rack atop the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top of the nuggets with canola oil spray.
    • Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through, and an internal temperature of 165F degrees.

    Notes

    • Putting a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet allows air to circulate all around the nuggets to help all sides get crispy. If you don’t have a cooling rack, just use a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
    • You can use chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead.
    • These can be frozen, see above how to do that.
    • These can be made in the air fryer, see above on how to do that.
    Course: Lunch, Main Course
    Cuisine: American

    Nutrition

    Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1091mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

    Nutritional Disclaimer

    “The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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