Baked FRIED Chicken!!

 Baked fried chicken. Imagine southern style buttermilk fried chicken, without the additional serving of guilt!! Yes, I am talking about chicken that’s been crusted with cajun spiced cornflakes and baked till its perfectly
crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, just like KFC.Delicious doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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Baked fried chicken

Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.”


 I am finally on the arm’s out of the sling and my shoulder is a lot better. Even better I can sit at my laptop..and write a post without taking too many breaks(just took 2 for this!) Progress 🙂 

Oh heavens…  how much I missed talking to you wonderful people. Its so good to be back and I am so looking forward to seeing you all at SaucySaturdays this weekend… and being able to enjoy your Ah-mazing posts!! I feel like I let you all down , especially my co-hosts Jennifer and Dini who were absolute darlings about pulling the weight last week. With Christine away on vacation and me on bed rest, these two did the huge chunk of work by themselves…and all i want to say is “Thanks…and I love you guys!!”

Now lets come back to the topic at hand..shall we?

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Guilt free snacking. Its my favorite kind. I often don’t necessarily give in to temptation…or go out of my way to try and make things healthy. I am a happy soul..a hungry soul who believes in eating what I want..I live only once,right? But then , the big bad green eyed monster called Guilt(jealousy doesn’t figure on my list, sorry!) creeps on me..stealthily. I usually forget about it and my “guilty as charged” meal soon, but then there are some that I want to eat on a regular basis,without making a big fuss about it..or feeling too guilty.

Enter…these knock your socks off amazing Baked Fried Chicken!

I always let my chicken wings/tenders soak in some buttermilk overnight before I get around to making them..Remind me to thank the good old Southern America for bringing this fool proof way of making tender and juicy fried chicken to the rest of the world. Seriously thank you 🙂

I like my chicken crispy(who doesn’t right?) and juicy…and if possible, not fried 😛

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This is such an easy and quick recipe, something you can rustle up in ten mins flat. And whats more , its a favorite with kids and grown ups alike!!

I love recipes that the little human love as much as the grown up, supposed- to be mature adults. And this here is one such thing. 

I soak the chicken in buttermilk overnight (absolutely non negotiable by the way), dunk it in egg wash, crumb coat it really well in a spiced cornflakes mix.. and bake it for just about 10 mins.

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Result?? Extremely moist, perfectly spiced chicken tenders that you will happily gorge on,completely guilt free. Alone, with your best buds or with family is upto you. While watching your fave sitcom or reading your beloved book, is again upto you. And if you are anything like me, you will gorge on these when you are doing some rather boring work too (read post processing pics ..eww..hate THAT part of the job) 

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Needless to say I couldn’t stop myself just there..I went the whole hog and baked some french fries, and served it with a few choice condiments; ketchup, ranch dressing and mustard. And then, coz I am me , and coz I was ravenously hungry I went ahead and made myself some simple baked fried chicken sandwich!! Yay!!

Welcome to my perfect guilt free world 😀 

As happy as these make me, it pains me to even mention this..and to write about her. Selma from Selma’s Table was a great gal..she often co-hosted at Fiesta Fridays ,and she never missed out on being kind to all of us, in spite of her personal pain and fight with cancer. We lost a precious friend in the food blogging world early this month when she lost her battle to cancer, leaving us shocked and sad at her untimely demise. Needless to say it pains me to even remember her comments, remember her kindness, her encouragement and her spirit of friendship. I just wish I had got to know her better. And I can just pray that her family gets the strength to get through these dark days. May God be with them. 

“At the end of the day, people wont remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel”

That quote by Mary Angelou completely sums up my sentiments. Even though Selma isn’t with us today, she will forever be remembered by each one of us because of the way she made us feel. We will miss you..not for the food you created or your innovation in the kitchen,but for the amazing person that you were..for being there for us with your ever ready smile and kindness.

Here’s to friendship..and my two cents on the subject.
Don’t ever wait to get to know someone better..even the most banal of conversation with someone can pave way for a deep and long lasting friendship..even opposites can be the best of friends (my best friend and me have been like sisters since we were 5..and we are completely opposite).. and sometimes that one kind look, one honest encouragement can mean the world of difference to someone else..It can be the beginning of a life long friendship. Don’t wait .. seize the moment and make friends, wherever you go, coz friends are the family that we choose.

A happy happy, 

S <3

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Baked FRIED Chicken!!
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Recipe type: DInner
Cuisine: Continental
Serves: Serves 4
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 2.5 inch strips.
  • Buttermilk 150 ml
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes (leave some texture)
  • Spices:
  • Cajun seasoning - 2 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Start by cleaning and cutting the chicken breasts into desired sizes (1.5 -2.5 inch is good)
  2. Take buttermilk in a zip lock bag, add a little salt, some paprika and black pepper , add the chicken strips. Lock the bag and shake to make sure the chicken strips are completely coated or soaked in the buttermilk.
  3. Refrigerate it overnight. (I highly recommend this, if you are short on time, still give it a soak for 4-6 hrs)
  4. When ready for dinner, take the chicken out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature..Typically 20 minutes on the counter works.
  5. While the chicken is coming to room temperature start making the crumb coat.
  6. Start by crushing the cornflakes. I use a rolling pin, and make sure you leave some texture to the corn flakes. Add all the spices and the melted butter to the crumbs and mix well. Needless to say, adjust the spices acc to your personal preference. This is salty and spicy..and just perfect for us.
  7. Make an egg wash in a bowl by mixing an egg with 3 tbsp of milk . Use a fork to mix it well.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. For coating:
  10. Dip chicken pieces, one at a time, into egg mixture; coat with crumb mixture.
  11. You can double coat it if desired. (dip again in egg wash very lightly and crumb it)
  12. Set all aside in a greased baking pan.
  13. Arrange chicken, so the pieces aren't touching. Sprinkle chicken pieces with any remaining crumb mixture so they are generously coated.
  14. Bake, uncovered in a 400 degrees F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Do not turn tenders while baking.
  15. Remove and serve hot with condiments, fries or mash and a simple fresh salad for an easy meal.
You can bake drumsticks too, simply bake them in a 375F oven for almost 40-45 mins.




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    1. I know.. I hate that I have to control myself while eating what I love. All the more reason for both of us to make and eat these cheat fried chicken more often 😉
      BTW, I co host a link party every Saturday 8am EST called Saucy Saturdays..We would love for you to join us tomorrow 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda.. Yup!! The cornflakes were the key.. had tried baking with Panko but wasnt too happy… This one sure worked well 🙂 And yes, all well in time for tomorrow’s party 😉

  1. I am so happy that you are on the mend and hope each day you recover a little more. I can imagine just by looking at your delicious photos and ingredient list how crunchy and delicious these little bites are going to be. I know my boys are going to love this recipe. Pinning!

    1. thanks Bobbi.. I am a little better..The worst part is i am still having problem holding the DSLR for too long.. kinda limiting but will be well soon .. Do try these. I did make these with panko, but it wasnt as crispy as this cornflakes version 🙂 Thanks for pinning..See you soon at the party <3

  2. Love baked chicken and I really like your twist using a cajun breading. This I have to try… thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday and good to hear you are on the mend!

    1. Thanks so much Annie! 🙂 I am co hosting a link party too.. its called Saucy Saturdays and its live now.We would love for you to join us 🙂

    1. Thanks Paul! It was GOOD! 🙂 Thanks for visiting.. It would be great if you link up at the Saucy Saturdays party.. Its Live now and we would love to have you join us 🙂

    1. hahaha.. coming from u darling thats something!! Well my arm’s on the mend.. and the pics aint too good. Was tough to lift the camera for too long..and these are not sharp enough either.. but they tastes sooo good!! We are saying bbye to KFC 😉

  3. Delicious fried chicken! It is a staple in our house for the kids and they are always wanting to go out to get some. I hate getting them fast food fried chicken with all that gross oil and chemicals! Thanks for this great recipe that I can make for them at home and not feel guilty! I don’t think they will want the spice, but the cornflakes are awesome and will add that crunch that I love! I am honored to co-host Saucy Saturdays with you! You are such an inspiration to me and so supportive! Glad you are on the mend so we can get more recipes:)

    1. Jen darling the admiration is mutual and you are soooo embarrassing me by saying i m an inspiration! Its soo so fun co hosting SS with all of u .. I love our group . Touchwood. As for these chicken…. YUM!! I tried them with panko, but the cornflakes were crispier.. 😛

  4. Your words at the end of this post are beautiful. So hard to remember a friend who has passed. I lost one of my closest friends almost 6 years ago and there are just some things that always remind me of her. At first they hurt so much, but now they are wonderful as they keep her in my life forever. Blessings to her family xx

    And this chicken!!!! YES!!!!! Cornflakes is such a great idea! You had me with the first paragraph! ‘Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, just like KFC’ That describes the perfect snack!!!! Pinning this one 🙂

    1. Brian me too.. whilst I do fry chicken, I have taken to air frying them now and baking them finally!! 😛 Thanks for visiting dude… 🙂

    1. Thanks was just so shocking. I lost my best friend to brain cancer at the age of 14..I still remember how painful it was. Selma’s was such a shocker too.I wish someone would come up with some genius solution to health problems..

  5. Your website is awesome and your recipes are extremely good and delicious. ….can you suggest substitute of can seasoning…we don’t get everything in small town like onion powder…parsley…etc…please help…thank you

    1. Thanks so much!! Glad you enjoyed my dishes.. where are based?? I live in a small city myself and these days parsley and onion powder are available even in the local kirana store..or you can try spencers/spar/hypermarket. If you cant find them, i guess you will have to leave them. The flavor would be a little different but imam sure it will be tasty nonetheless.

  6. I live in small district of chhattisgarh….here there are very few kirana stores….even the basic things are difficult to get….thank you so much for your reply.

  7. Thank you for the recipe…it is very nice…can you please tell me what is cajun seasoning…how do we make it…please help…thank you

  8. These look delicious and actually like they were deep fried. I stay away from fried chicken not because of the guilt but because I have a weird fear of frying.. lol..#dontjudgme. And I agree we need to seize the moment with relationships. We are never in control of time.
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    1. Lol.. no judging!! Promise. I deepfry pooris and fritters sometimes but i soo dont want more fried chicken! This was a great alternative and so crispy you really wont miss it!

  9. Oh this looks so crispy n delicious & less guilt if I wanna munch the whole thing down 🙂 Great recipe Swayam and beautiful pics. So sad to hear about Selma – May God Bless her soul and give strength to family n friends.
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