Crunchy cornflake buttermilk “fried” chicken recipe

Brandi Bidot

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Finely crushed corn flakes are the coating to this buttermilk marinated un-fried chicken. This healthier version still gives you that crispy crunchy chicken without all of the grease.

Crunchy cornflake buttermilk fried chicken

Everyone loves a good piece of fried chicken but not all of that greasiness that comes with it. Here’s a super easy and much healthier version of what we call “un-fried” chicken. Soaking the chicken in the buttermilk helps tenderize it and even adds some flavor. The cornflakes give this chicken a crispy coating that still gives you the feeling you’re eating a deep fried version.

Crunchy cornflake buttermilk “fried” chicken recipe

Yields 4-6 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (depending on desired level of heat)
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1-1/2 cups cornflakes, very finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh black pepper


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk, hot sauce and lemon juice and zest over top. Toss well to coat and cover with plastic wrap. Chill the chicken for several hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a shallow dish, add the cornflakes and the seasonings.
  4. Dredge each piece of chicken in the cornflake mixture coating evenly and place on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes or until the center is cooked completely.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite dip and side dishes.

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Brandi Bidot
Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic eating and tries to eat as natural and as unprocessed as possible. Frequenting farmers markets for the freshest produce possible, Brandi prefers to cook all of her family’s meals at home. She has a background in nutrition and photography and is the creator of the food blog