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Cornflake chicken nuggets dipped into bbq sauce.

Cornflake Chicken Nuggets

  • Author: Caitlin Rule
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5
  • Category: Dinner/ Appetiser
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These healthy baked cornflake chicken nuggets are the ultimate crispy chicken recipe! They are absolutely delicious, easy to make in the oven or in an air fryer, and gluten-free.


  • 600g (about 1.3 lbs) skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup (35g) tapioca flour
  • 125g (3 cups) cornflakes, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium eggs, whisked
  • Avocado oil spray


  1. If baking, preheat the oven to 400F/ 180C.
  2. Pulse cornflakes with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  3. Add tapioca flour to a separate bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk together until well combined.
  5. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and spray it well with cooking spray.
  6. Take each piece of chicken and coat it in tapioca flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the floured chicken piece into the whisked egg mixture, ensuring it is well coated, then roll the chicken in the cornflake-spice mixture until it is evenly coated. Place chicken pieces on the wire rack.
  7. Lightly spray the chicken pieces with cooking spray.
  8. Oven method: Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and cooked through.
  9. Air fry method: Place the chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the basket. You can cook the chicken nuggets in two batches if needed. Air fry for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.


  • Serving Size: 1/5 of recipe
  • Calories: 267 cal
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.8g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 28.6g

Keywords: chicken nuggets, cornflakes, nuggets, gluten free