Cornflake-Crusted Buttermilk Chicken

5 from 2 reviews

Buttermilk-drenched chicken that's oven-baked with a crispy seasoned cornflake crust and finished with honey.


  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts*
  • Honey, for drizzling


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Fit a baking sheet with a wire rack and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place cornflakes, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper in a small food processor and pulse until cornflake pieces are just broken up (not in crumbs). Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
  3. Place the eggs and buttermilk in a separate dish and whisk to combine.
  4. Place the flour in a separate dish and whisk in ½ teaspoon remaining salt, ¼ teaspoon remaining black pepper and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  5. Season the chicken thighs or breasts with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  6. Line the dishes up in this order to create an assembly line: chicken, flour, egg/buttermilk mixture, cornflake mixture and the prepared baking sheet with wire rack. Dip the chicken into the flour, then the egg/buttermilk mixture, then cornflake mixture and place it on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Coat the chicken with cooking spray.
  7. Bake 22-27 minutes or until chicken is firm and reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part (use an instant-read thermometer).
  8. Drizzle desired amount of honey over the chicken and serve immediately.


*Cooking Tip: The cook time will differ between chicken thighs and breasts, so it's best to use an instant-read thermometer to tell when it's done. 


Keywords: oven-fried, tasty, easy, best, crunchy, crispy, delicious, family friendly