Baked Fried Chicken

Serving Size: 12
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A healthy recipe for buttermilk chicken that tastes deep fried but is actually baked! A cornflake crust makes the chicken golden and crispy on the outside, and a buttermilk marinade keeps it juicy and sweet on the inside.


  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 0.5 tsp onion powder
  • 0.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne
  • 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 0.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning


  1. Rinse the chicken breasts in cold water, then place them in a resealable plastic bag with the buttermilk and hot sauce. Close the bag, shake until the chicken pieces are fully coated, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a wire rack with vegetable oil spray and place it in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet.
  3. Place the flour on a plate. Mix the cornflake crumbs, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning in a bowl until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Remove the chicken breasts from the bag and place them on a plate. Pour the marinade into a medium bowl. Dredge each breast with the flour until fully coated, shaking off any excess. Then coat the chicken in the marinade, followed by a dredging in the cornflake mixture.
  4. Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared wire rack. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until cooked through and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes.

Notes: This recipe is published as it is written in Back Around the Table, but I made a few changes: I halved the recipe to suit our smaller household, did not rinse the chicken breast, and used Sriracha for the hot sauce. I also found that a bit more flour and cornflake coating was necessary that the recipe calls for. I’d suggest making about 1.5 times the amount to save yourself a messy job of trying to crush more corn flakes when your mid-chicken dip.

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