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Frosted Flake Chicken: The Future of Fried/Baked Chicken

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

Corn flakes chicken, that crispy, irresistible combination, has long been one of my favorite ways of having chicken. There’s nothing that can match the tender, lean meat coupled with the satisfying crunch of corn flakes. Let’s look at how to make it!

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What you will find here is every vital piece of information you need to know about Frosted flakes chicken.

I come from a family of chicken lovers. Many years ago, when we were kids, our parents were of the view that boiling chicken was the most delightful of all ways of preparing chicken. Thus, whenever we had meals cooked with chicken, the chicken would be boiled.

It continued this way for some years until a glorious day came. Mom returned from a visit to a dear friend of hers and told us she was going to try an experiment. Everyone was curious to find out what it was.

She said she’d run to the store for a spell. When she came back, she had with her 3 pounds of chicken. Smiling broadly, she told us that we were about to taste a different recipe of chicken food. Soon after, Mom set about frying the chicken. Upon trying the result, we munched agreeably; so it was that everyone’s impression of chicken changed. Fried chicken had become the household favorite.

As time went on and health matters became a bigger priority, we then moved onto grilled chicken. It displaced fried chicken simply due to guilt; much better to sink our teeth into delicious white meat without a care for what was happening to our arteries. It was that way for a long time until just last year, when I encountered the frosted flake crusted chicken recipe when viewing a food program on TV. I was immediately in awe at the idea.

Seriously, baked chicken!

Baked chicken with cornflakes added to it; lean protein with just the right amount of simple carbohydrates to make it more appetizing without introducing a ton of fat. What a concept! It really was an intriguing moment for me.

I decided to give it a try with my family, and you probably know what happened already: they loved it. It even turned into a family bonding activity, everybody lending a hand. When seven good heads combine forces, the outcome is usually epic!

One thing that makes the recipe even more unique is when you decide to use frosted flakes instead of corn flakes. What flavor! Luckily, there’s no difference when it comes to preparing them, so we’ll use frosted flakes and corn flakes interchangeably going forward.

Frosted flake chicken has now become a staple in our kitchen. Although we treat ourselves to the fried version a bit too often than our arteries would like, the enjoyment we get out of frosted flake fried chicken is well worth the risk. Meanwhile, we’ve got the baked kind to fall back on if we’re ever feeling like we’ve been naughty.

Even Dad has an almost uncontrolled predilection for the baked chicken recipe. Just last week, when there was indecision on what to have for lunch, Dad didn’t waste time in suggesting that his newfound love (frosted flakes chicken) be made.

Before I discuss the method of preparing it, let me educate you a little on the nitty-gritty of frosted flake chicken.

First off, frosted flake chicken is a type of chicken recipe that involves the use of cornflakes in combination with other ingredients to properly coat the chicken before frying or baking.

Cornflake chicken is no doubt the perfect alternative to good old fried chicken. Its taste is similar to that of fried chicken when baked in a small quantity of melted butter. Cornflakes chicken is an easy dinner for people of all ages.

There are two main ways of enjoying this chicken:

Baking the cornflake chicken. Frosted flakes baked chicken is just as flavorful as fried chicken without all the oil and fat. Even though you might be baking with butter, I would say it is still healthier than the fried chicken you make at home and most especially the kind you get at your favorite restaurant.

Frying the cornflake chicken. This involves lowering the coated chicken gently with the use of a tong into a frying pan containing hot oil and frying it. Voilà: out comes frosted flakes fried chicken. You can also choose to use butter instead of oil. Fried cornflake chicken is usually crunchier than baked cornflake chicken.  

Tips to note for preparing the most tasteful cornflake chicken

Here is how to prepare the perfect frosted cornflake chicken.

Coating the chicken

Properly coating your chicken is fundamental to making the frosted flake chicken well. There are two ways you can you can coat your chicken: you can either choose to dip the chicken in flour mixed with pepper and salt followed by egg and cornflakes, or you can crush the cornflakes to make smooth cornflakes crumbs and then add the other ingredients like the pepper and salt.

You can get cornflakes crumbs from the grocery store. Yes, Kellogg’s sells cornflake crumbs!

If you are crushing the cornflakes, ensure that they are properly and smoothly crushed. If not, you will find yourself in a situation where the spices sink to the bottom of the bowl; in this situation, when you coat the chicken with the flakes, the spices will be absent and this, in turn, will leave you with tasteless chicken. Sprinkling the spices on top of the chicken also goes a long way in flavoring the chicken.

Baking corn flaking chicken – how long does it take?

For those baking their chicken, it is important to know how long it takes to properly bake the chicken so you don’t end up eating either an under- or over-baked chicken. When baking the chicken, ensure it is covered in foil at a temperature of about 340 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Take off the foil, use a tong to flip the chicken and cook again for an extra 25 minutes until the chicken is ready.

It may interest you to know that taking off the foil is an amazing way to crisp your chicken a little bit. The thickness of the chicken usually determines the exact time it takes for the chicken to be ready. So, it is important that you watch it carefully. It is best served immediately.

Frosted Flakes Chicken Recipe

This is actually quite an easy recipe to prepare and doesn’t require much. To prepare you will need the following frosted flake chicken ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of chicken, skinned and boneless
  • 3 cups of frosted flakes crushed
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon of maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Use the foil to properly rim the baking sheet and place a cooling rack on top.
  2. Bring out a medium bowl; add flour, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. In another medium bowl, whisk eggs and maple syrup. In yet another medium bowl, pour in the crushed frosted flake and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the chicken breast into 6 or 5 pieces assuming that you are using large chicken breast. Dip in the flour mixture, flipping the chicken thoroughly, followed by the egg mixture. Lastly, coat with the frosted flakes.
  4. Transfer the coated chicken to the rack and bake for at least 20-25 minutes until the chicken is crispy and golden. In another medium bowl, mix the rest of the maple syrup with mustard.
  5. Serve your frosted flake chicken breast with maple mixture.

Note: you can also cut chicken breasts into parts that can later be trimmed into lovely strips. These strips coated in cornflakes will result in some delicious crispy frosted flakes chicken strips.

An alternative method

Another method of preparing this dish is simply by adding paprika pepper, butter and buttermilk to the previous set of ingredients and forgoing the use of flour and eggs.

  1. Cut the chicken into 6 pieces and put the chicken breasts in a bag that can be zipped. Pound the chicken breasts to ½ thickness throughout so they cook equally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit.
  3. Put the ¼ cup of butter in a 9 by 13 baking pan and place it in the oven (while it is already turned on) so the butter melts.
  4. Mix the cornflakes and spices in a mixing bowl.
  5. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl and dip each piece of the chicken in buttermilk then roll it on the cornflake crumbs for proper coating.
  6. Remove the heated pan (with melted butter) from the oven and tilt it from side to side so that the butter fully covers the bottom.
  7. Put the pieces of chicken in the baking pan and cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Take the pan from the oven and take out the foil. Turn every chicken piece over and put the uncovered pan back in the oven to bake. Let it bake for an extra 20 to 30 minutes or until you notice the chicken pieces are no longer pink inside. At this point, it should have attained 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. You are done baking. Just let the chicken sit for 5 to 7 minutes. Enjoy!

Conclusion

Frosted flakes baked chicken is going to revolutionize the way you cook chicken. Its method of preparation makes it easy to add or leave out certain ingredients, so it can be as healthful or as rich as you please. However you make it, though, it’s sure to satisfy every taste bud. What are you waiting for? Turn on the oven and get started!

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a freelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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