Ranch Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken

Incredibly crispy baked chicken, coated in ranch dressing and rolled in crunchy seasoned cornflakes! Easy to make, and customize!

Crunchy, juicy baked chicken made by slathering chicken breasts in ranch dressing then coating in seasoned cornflakes.  All the satisfying crunch of fried chicken, but with less fat and more flavor! #chicken #cornflake #baked #easyrecipe 

So I have to know… are you a ranch dressing fan?  I live in a family of ranch dressing LOVERS, and I don’t actually care for it.  I know right… a Midwesterner… who doesn’t like ranch?!  I’m more of an Italian or French dressing person.  BUT, when I was testing this recipe, which I basically created out of sheer determination to get the kids to eat something I made for dinner, I actually liked the flavor here!

This isn’t your standard cornflake baked chicken recipe, I promise.  The chicken is coated in ranch dressing, then pressed into a cornflake mixture that’s spiced up so it’s full of crunchy flavor.

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Baked chicken with cornflake crust in baking dish

HOW DO YOU MAKE CORNFLAKE CHICKEN?

It’s actually one of my favorite method for breading chicken breasts, because it’s just two steps.  Just dip the chicken into ranch dressing and then directly into a bowl full of crushed cornflakes.  After that it’s time to bake them until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165 F degrees.

CAN YOU MAKE CORNFLAKE BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS?

Absolutely!  Or even chicken nuggets!  Use the same method for breading, and just bake for less time 🙂  For chicken tenders, bake for about 15 minutes, and for nuggets, bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Cornflake chicken breasts in baking dish

WHAT IF YOU’RE NOT A RANCH DRESSING FAN?

No worries there… you can make a similar recipe by using 1 cup of mayonnaise mixed with a little grated parmesan cheese and pepper.  Use the same breading method and recipe and bake as directed.

IS CORNFLAKE BAKED CHICKEN HEALTHY?

Well technically no… since the ranch dressing isn’t the healthiest… but these tenders are baked instead of fried.  That helps reduce the fat and calories without sacrificing any of the tasty crunch-factor of traditional fried chicken.

Baked cornflake chicken on plate with broccoli

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CORNFLAKE BAKED CHICKEN?

Here are a few of our favorites:

PRO TIPS FOR MAKING CORNFLAKE BAKED CHICKEN:

  • Trim the chicken breasts.  In addition to trimming off the extra fat, I like to trim off the flap of chicken tender that’s attached to the back of the breast.  This not only gives you bonus chicken tenders (yay!!), it makes the chicken breasts all roughly the same size, so they’ll bake evenly.
  • For more even coverage when breading, use a mix of finely and coarsely crushed cornflakes.  My grocery store actually sold a box of crushed cornflakes that were similar in consistency to panko breadcrumbs.  I use those and some cornflakes that I’ve put in a ziploc bag and crushed with my hands so they’re a little larger pieces.
  • Use one hand for the ranch dressing dipping, and the other hand for the cornflakes.  This helps you not “bread” your fingers and end up with a big mess to clean.  Better yet, wear disposable gloves!
  • Go crazy with the dipping sauces!  We usually like bbq sauce, but honey mustard, ranch, or something with a little spice to it would be great too.

Baked chicken with cornflakes on white plate

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Crunchy, juicy baked chicken made by slathering chicken breasts in ranch dressing then coating in seasoned cornflakes.  All the satisfying crunch of fried chicken, but with less fat and more flavor! #chicken #cornflake #baked #easyrecipe 
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5 from 5 votes
Ranch Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken
4 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Incredibly crispy baked chicken, coated in ranch dressing and rolled in crunchy seasoned cornflakes!

Calories: 632 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 3 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

  2. In a shallow bowl, add ranch dressing.  In a separate shallow bowl, add cornflakes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper.

  3. Dip chicken in ranch dressing, shaking off any excess, then dip in cornflake mixture.  I pat the cornflake crumbs into the chicken to make sure they're well coated.

  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 165 F degrees.

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Crunchy, juicy baked chicken made by slathering chicken breasts in ranch dressing then coating in seasoned cornflakes.  All the satisfying crunch of fried chicken, but with less fat and more flavor! #chicken #cornflake #baked #easyrecipe 

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7 comments on “Ranch Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken”

  1. This needs to happen at my house very soon!!

  2. It looks so yummy! My family will love this for dinner any night of the week!

  3. Looks insanely delicious! Our whole family would go crazy for this, this is a winner!

  4. That chicken looks gorgeous! I never thought of using cornflakes like that…

  5. That looks so crunchy and delicious!

  6. This chicken is one of my favorites! It has the perfect crunch and is so flavorful!

  7. This looks like the best go-to dinner during the week! Love the use of cornflakes!