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Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles

Serves 5

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds raw chicken tenders
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups cornflakes, crushed into 1 cup coarse crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10-12 mini waffles (your favorite recipe or boxed mix)
  • Maple syrup for serving (if desired)

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2

In a bowl, stir buttermilk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder together. Add chicken to the mixture and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.

3

In a separate dish, mix crushed corn flakes, Cajun seasoning, poultry seasoning, and melted butter.

4

Dredge each piece of chicken in the cornflake mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until chicken is browned and cooked through. (Chicken should reach 160 degrees when cooked.)

5

While chicken is baking, make waffles or toast pre-made waffles.

6

Serve chicken tenders with waffles, butter, and maple syrup if desired.

7 Comments

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - plated as a sandwich with syrup

Get your chicken and waffles on!

Every day is #NationalWaffleDay when you make these easy cornflake chicken and waffles. This simple to make, family-friendly meal combination is a delicious salty/sweet combo. It’s sure to be a hit as a warm and comforting brunch or dinner! SO good.

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - chicken on the baking rack next to the waffles on a plate

Crunchy baked chicken!

The secret to this faux fried chicken is the crunchy cornflakes used as a brilliant coating. Chicken gets marinated in a seasoned buttermilk mixture and then dredged in crushed cornflakes mixed with melted butter. The result is a yummy baked chicken that is legitimately CRUNCHY!

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - dredging the chicken in corn flakes

Hip Tip: To get both sides of my chicken crispy, I bake my crunchy chicken tenders on a cooling rack stacked on top of a baking sheet.

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - making the mini waffles

Buy or make your favorite waffles!

There’s no shame in toasting your favorite store-bought waffles, or go ahead and make a batch of your favorite waffle recipe and cook them using a waffle iron. I actually used a boxed waffle mix for convenience (my family enjoys Kodiak Cakes Protein Waffle Baking Mix, which is what I used).

To make mini waffles, I poured about half of the batter in the middle of each section, instead of filling the entire waffle iron space.

Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - closeup of chicken on a waffle


Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles

Crunchy chicken tenders get served up between warm mini waffles, with maple syrup drizzled on top!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds raw chicken tenders
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups cornflakes, crushed into 1 cup coarse crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 10-12 mini waffles (your favorite recipe or boxed mix)
  • Maple syrup for serving (if desired)

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2

In a bowl, stir buttermilk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder together. Add chicken to the mixture and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.

3

In a separate dish, mix crushed corn flakes, Cajun seasoning, poultry seasoning, and melted butter.

4

Dredge each piece of chicken in the cornflake mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until chicken is browned and cooked through. (Chicken should reach 160 degrees when cooked.)

5

While chicken is baking, make waffles or toast pre-made waffles.

6

Serve chicken tenders with waffles, butter, and maple syrup if desired.

Additional Notes

Recipe heavily adapted from BHG.com.


Easy Cornflake Chicken and Mini Waffles - pouring syrup over the waffles

Chicken + Waffles = Winning

I love that the coating is both crunchy and a little spicy from the Cajun seasoning – but that can be adjusted to taste. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top for an awesome spicy/sweet combo. You can serve up this idea like a little sandwich with chicken in between the waffles,  or with the chicken on top of the waffles. Either way, it’s delicious, so enjoy!


This post is one of a series of favorite childhood classic recipes we are sharing as a result of asking Hip2Save readers what their favorite meals were growing up.

Chicken and Waffles was a popular response, and be sure to check out the Tuna Noodle Casserole and Classic Macaroni and Cheese recipes that were previously posted in this fun series.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 7

  1. Emily

    we love rice crispy chicken. same idea and super yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I bet that’s awesome too! Thanks for sharing 👌

  2. nej

    I cook my corn flake chicken in the air fryer. It turns out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea!

  3. jax

    this is really good for chicken and waffles. we use frosted flakes to coat the chicken it’s soooo good

  4. 50ShadesofLipstick

    Not exactly related but speaking of waffles, I tried this sweet waffle hack the other day and it was amazing. I put a cinnamon roll (Trader Joe’s brand or you can use Pillsbury instead) in my waffle iron and closed it for about 3-4 min (mine is ceramic so it’s nonstick but you can spray cooking spray if yours needs it). Once it was done, I drizzled some of the icing over the top (thinned it out w/ some milk). It was incredible!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow! That sound delish and easy – thanks for sharing!

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