Easy Baked Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

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Oven-Baked Chicken Bites! This easy family recipe features tender boneless chicken breast baked in the oven and served with an irresistible Sriracha mayo. Get creative with your seasoning mix—it’s a quick assembly, and the result is delicious.

This is by far one of my favourite chicken recipes and my family loves it. This recipe doesn’t involve frying, something I try to avoid these days, it’s easy to prepare and will give the satisfaction of having a nutritious meal, cooked in the healthier way possible. Pair it with a salad and your lunch or dinner will be ready in less than 30 minutes.


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Why this recipe works

This recipe is simple, making it perfect for both novice and experienced cooks. You’ll only need a few ingredients and basic kitchen equipment to whip up these delicious chicken bites. Pair them with your favourite sauce and side and enjoy them as a main dish, a snack, or even as an appetizer.

These chicken bites are a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a family-friendly meal, these roasted chicken bites are sure to be a hit, especially for children and picky eaters. The crispy exterior and tender interior appeal to a wide range of palates, making them a crowd-pleasing delicacy.

Use them in salads, sandwiches, wraps, or even in pasta dishes for a quick and tasty meal the next day.

Ingredients to make Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

Make these baked chicken nuggets at home – they’re tasty and a healthier choice than the fried ones! The recipe requires simple ingredients and is easy to find at your nearest supermarket.

Chicken breast – this is the main ingredient. I like to use organic, corn feed or free-range, the taste is substantially better.

Corn flakes – are used to coat the chicken and add a crunchy element to the chicken bites. The cornflakes need to be crushed either in a food processor or placed in a sealed plastic bag and then crushed with your hands.

Egg – helps the cornflakes stick to the chicken.

Flour – makes the cornflakes stay on the chicken.

Milk – a splash of milk is enough, it makes the chicken juicy and tender.

Salt and pepper – they enhance and bring out the natural taste of the ingredients.

Paprika – gives a smoky touch and colour.

Chilli powder – adds a bit of spicy flavour.

Garlic powder – gives a garlicky taste.

Olive oil – makes the nuggets golden when baked.


I hope these potential substitutes will be helpful when deciding to make this recipe and realise that you have missed some of them from your shopping list.

Chicken Breast – Use chicken thighs, chicken tenders, or boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Just dice them in bite-size but not too small as they will get to dry when baked.

Corn Flakes – Use panko breadcrumbs or crushed crackers for a different texture.

Eggs – Buttermilk, yoghurt, or a mixture of milk and vinegar for an egg-free option.

Flour – All-purpose gluten-free flour, almond flour, or chickpea flour for a gluten-free alternative.

Milk – Buttermilk, yoghurt, or non-dairy milk like almond milk or soy milk for lactose-free or vegan options.

Salt and Pepper – Seasoning blends, such as poultry seasoning, garlic salt, or seasoned salt, for added flavour.

Paprika – Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or chilli powder for a hint of heat.

Chili Powder – Cayenne pepper, paprika, or a pinch of red pepper flakes for spiciness.

Garlic Powder – Onion powder, garlic salt, or minced or grated fresh garlic.

Olive Oil – Canola oil, vegetable oil, or melted butter.

This is one of those easy family recipes that everyone enjoys, including these baked chicken bites.

Recipe variations to explore

You can play with the ingredients at hand and create something new and delicious. Sometimes the best recipes result when you juggle with what you have in your kitchen cupboard. Have a look at these variations for roasted chicken bites.

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken Bites

  • Marinate the chicken bites in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, and parsley), salt, and pepper.
  • Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.

Spicy Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken Bites

  • In a bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt.
  • Toss the chicken bites in the spicy honey glaze until well coated.
  • Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until crispy and caramelized.

Teriyaki Roasted Chicken Bites

  • Prepare a teriyaki marinade by combining soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, sesame oil, and a splash of rice vinegar.
  • Marinate the chicken bites in the teriyaki sauce for at least 1 hour.
  • Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through, basting occasionally with the marinade.

Mediterranean Herb Roasted Chicken Bites

  • In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  • Toss the chicken bites in the herb mixture until evenly coated.
  • Spread the chicken on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Cajun Roasted Chicken Bites

  • Make a Cajun seasoning by mixing paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  • Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over the chicken bites and toss to coat.
  • Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.

How to make this recipe

These Chicken Bites are super easy to make with very few ingredients. You only need 10 simple things and a couple of minutes to put them together. They’re perfect for a quick snack, meal or finger food!

Take a look at these step-by-step guide to making this delicious homemade recipe. The photos make it easy to follow along.

seasoned chicken in a bowl

Start the recipe by dicing the chicken breast into bite-size chunks. Add the meat toa bowl, season with salt and pepper, paprika, chilli and garlic powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinade.

Whisk together the eggs, flour, and a splash of milk in a shallow bowl until a smooth batter forms. Season the mixture with salt, pepper or other preferred seasonings according to your taste preferences. Set aside.

Crush the cornflakes in a separate bowl until they become coarse crumbs.

Bring the chicken chunks, egg batter and crushed cornflakes close to each other on the worktop so it’s easy to handle.

Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, ensuring it is fully coated.

Then roll it in the crushed cornflakes, pressing lightly to help the coating adhere.

Place the coated chicken bites onto the prepared baking sheet and drizzle olive oil.

Serve them with your favourite sauce.

A full list of ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

How to serve

Roasted chicken bites can be served with a variety of side dishes. Here are some popular options:

  • Dipping Sauces: barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, honey mustard, or sweet chilli sauce.
  • Salad: You can make a green salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette. Alternatively, a Caesar salad or a Greek salad would also complement the chicken nicely.
  • Rice or Grains: Serve over a bed of rice or grains like quinoa, couscous, or bulgur.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted chicken bites go well with roasted vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or zucchini. Toss the vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast them in the oven until tender and slightly caramelized.
  • Wraps or Sandwiches: Use the roasted chicken bites as a filling for wraps or sandwiches. Add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and your choice of condiments for a delicious handheld meal.
  • Pasta: Accompany roasted chicken bites with cooked pasta, such as penne or linguine. Toss the pasta with a flavorful sauce like marinara, Alfredo, or pesto for a satisfying meal.
  • Vegetable Medley: Create a colourful vegetable medley by sautéing a mix of bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini. Season them with herbs and spices, and serve alongside the chicken bites.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Coleslaw: Pair roasted chicken bites with coleslaw for a refreshing contrast.
  • Bread or Rolls: Serve with fresh bread or rolls for a simple yet tasty meal.

Tips and Tricks

Roasted chicken bites are a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or as an appetizer. Here are some tips and tricks to make the most flavorful and tender roasted chicken bites:

Choose the right cut of chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the best taste and tenderness. Thigh meat is juicier and more flavorful than chicken breast.

Marinate the chicken: Marinating the chicken before roasting will enhance its taste. You can use a simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, herbs (such as thyme or rosemary), salt, and pepper. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces: Cut the chicken thighs into small, uniform pieces to ensure even cooking and easy bite-sized portions.

Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to a high temperature, around 392°F (200°C). A hot oven will help to achieve a crispy and golden exterior while keeping the chicken moist and tender inside.

Use a baking rack: Place a wire baking rack on top of a baking sheet to elevate the chicken bites. This allows the hot air to circulate evenly around the chicken, resulting in a crispier texture.

Season the chicken: Sprinkle additional seasonings over the chicken bites just before roasting. You can use a combination of spices such as paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs, or a seasoning blend of your choice.

Avoid overcrowding the pan: Make sure to spread the chicken bites out in a single layer on the baking rack, leaving some space between them. Overcrowding the pan can lead to uneven cooking and a less crispy texture.

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Leftovers and storage

These chicken nuggets can be stored in an airtight container labelled with the cooking date for up to 3-4 days. Ensure refrigeration within 2 hours after cooking. For longer storage, place them in the freezer for 1-3 months.

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Easy Baked Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

These nuggets are coated in crunchy cornflakes, baked until golden brown, and ready in a snap. Great for a quick family dinner or a tasty snack. Simple, finger licking delicious, and a hit with everyone!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, main dish, Movie Food
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 245 kcal


  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs or Fork
  • Knife and Cutting Board


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 250g corn flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 splash of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika to taste
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with olive oil.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, approximately 1-inch strips. Add them to a bowl and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Sprinkle some olive oil and mix everything. Refrigerate until used, so the meat can marinade. Usually around 30 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, and a splash of milk, until a smooth batter forms. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, paprika, chilli powder, and garlic powder according to your taste preferences.
  • Crush the corn flakes in a separate bowl until they become coarse crumbs. You can do this by placing the corn flakes in a sealed plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or by using a food processor.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, ensuring it is fully coated. Then roll it in the crushed corn flakes, pressing lightly to help the coating adhere.
  • Place the coated chicken bites onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure to leave space between each piece.
  • Drizzle the chicken bites with olive oil or lightly spray them with cooking spray. This will help them become crispy during baking.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is golden brown and crispy.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken bites from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve the roasted chicken bites as a delicious appetizer or snack. They can be enjoyed on their own or served with your favorite dipping sauce. I served them with a mix of mayonnaise and Sriracha.
  • Enjoy your homemade roasted chicken bites!


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