Oven-Baked Fried Chicken Without the Guilt

Crispy Outside, Juicy Inside

This oven-baked chicken breast is so crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, you’ll think it’s fried. But it’s not! It’s a healthier alternative that’s just as delicious.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Crispy exterior and tender interior
  • Spicy buttermilk marinade for extra flavor and moisture
  • Cornflake coating for an irresistible crunch

  • Perfect leftovers that stay moist and flavorful



  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot sauce (e.g., Sriracha)


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning


  1. Marinate: Combine chicken, buttermilk, and hot sauce in a ziptop bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Set up dredging station: Place flour, buttermilk, and cornflake mixture in separate bowls.
  4. Coat chicken:

    Dredge chicken in flour, then buttermilk, and finally cornflake mixture.
  5. Bake: Place chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  6. Reduce heat and continue baking: Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (175°C) and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 155-165°F).
  7. Let rest: Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Use a pie dish for dredging to ensure even coating.

  • Don’t cover the chicken while baking, as this will make the coating soggy.
  • Adjust baking time depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts.
  • Serve with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, vegetables, or pasta salad.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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