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This is one of my favorite compromise meals. What’s a compromise meal, you ask? When your kids want fast food but you have no desire to leave the house. It’s a quick and easy meal usually made with the staples of your pantry and fridge.
When I was a younger girl I remember Cornflake Chicken hitting the circuit. The recipe was on the cereal boxes and often featured in housekeeping columns and magazines. I never got to experience it and over time I forgot all about it. I’m sure this no surprise but I also enjoy playing the time management cooking games on Facebook. I can’t remember which one but cornflake chicken came up again. The cooking games are often the inspiration for what I make in the kitchen.
I made Cornflake Chicken and was just okay to me, I was very disappointed. What was all the hub bub? It was an okay variation on fried chicken but not enough to commit to making it into my rotation. It was missing something that I couldn’t put my finger on. It was as if the cornflakes were canceling out the seasoning. The texture was good but the flavor was lacking.
I can’t recall what prompted me to try this recipe again but I did this time with frosted corn flakes and it was literally, “winner, winner, chicken dinner.” The sugar in the flakes caramelizes and gives the chicken a sweet flavor and the flakes stay crunchy when fried. My son prefers dipping them in honey mustard. I enjoy them how they are.
Sweet & Sticky Chicken Tenders
It’s a quick and easy meal made with the staples from your pantry and fridge.
Make egg wash by whisking together egg and milk in a shallow bowl or pan.
Crush cornflakes in a baggie or food processor and place in a shallow bowl or pan for coating.
Heat oil until hot. Test by dropping a pinch of crushed cereal into the oil. The oil will sizzle when ready.
While oil is heating, season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper to your taste.
Dredge chicken in egg wash, letting the excess drip off then coat with crushed cereal.
Press the chicken into the cereal to make sure they adhere.
Fry chicken for 5 minutes per side until golden brown.