KFC is a guilty pleasure of mine. Just the smell gets my stomach growling. But what’s inside that brown paper bag, well.

The crispy, seasoned skin, which comes away so easily, and makes you savour every mouthful. A little salty, but it just makes you want more. The tender, juicy meat inside, slightly seasoned from the outer coating, but even more delicious dipped into the thick herby gravy. To me, every now and again, it’s heavenly.

Ok. So it’s fried and totally naughty, so it isn’t a regular thing. But after a hard week, when I desperately crave a good film and takeaway snuggled up on the sofa, I do crave it. Like quite a lot.
That’s why I decided I needed an alternative. A reasonably healthy substitute I could make at home which was quick and easy, and almost as good. Let’s face it, healthy chicken could never taste like KFC.
And that’s how I came up with my recipe for cornflake chicken strips.
Cornflake Chicken recipe
With a light crunchy coating, seasoned with paprika for an extra smoky touch, the strips are baked to make them healthier, but are still full of flavour.
Cornflake Chicken recipe
Great served with homemade chips or cube potatoes to feel like a proper naughty takeaway, or I love mine with stir fried vegetables, they do a good job at satisfying that craving just enough to stop the urge of popping out to pick up some of the Colonel’s creation.
Here’s how to make them.
Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 250g chicken breast strips
  • 3 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g cornflakes
  1. Put the chicken breast strips in a medium sized food bag. Add the paprika and garlic, close the bag and shake to combine well. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours for the flavours to develop and seep into the chicken.
  2. Once the chicken is marinated, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray or dish with foil.
  3. Put the cornflakes in another food bag, seal the bag and crush the cornflakes well. Pour the contents into a bowl and set to the side.
  4. In another bowl, beat the eggs.
  5. Remove the chicken from the fridge. A piece at a time, dip the chicken into the egg first, then roll in the cornflakes before placing in the lined dish. Cornflake Chicken recipe
  6. Repeat until all of the chicken strips have been coated.
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes, until cooked through. Be sure to cut one open to test the middle is white.
 Cornflake Chicken recipe
And that’s it. It’s that simple. If you don’t have time to leave the spices to develop, you could always add the paprika and garlic powder to the crushed cornflakes instead. Enjoy!
Cornflake Chicken recipe
 I hope this helps satisfy your takeaway cravings too. It’s super simple, so those of you with little ones, you could even get them involved with helping to make dinner!
What’s your favourite takeaway alternative?
Chloe xx