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Baked Buttermilk Chicken

Buttermilk also keeps baked chicken tender; a coating of cornflakes makes each piece as crispy as fried chicken, but with less fat.

  • Servings: 4
Baked Buttermilk Chicken

Photography: Jennifer Levy

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004


  • Olive-oil cooking spray
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about 1 pound), skins removed
  • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 pounds), halved
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

For the Coating

  • 4 cups cornflakes, finely crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Garnish

  • Lemon wedges (optional)
  • Flat-leaf parsley sprig (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Transfer to a medium bowl. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover, and let marinate 1 hour in refrigerator.

  2. Toss cornflakes, Old Bay, thyme, basil, and cayenne in a large bowl. Remove 1 piece of chicken at a time from buttermilk, letting excess drip back into bowl, and dredge in cornflake mixture.

  3. Transfer pieces to oiled baking sheet; lightly coat each one with cooking spray. Bake, turning pieces halfway through, until crisp and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a platter; garnish with lemon wedges and parsley, if desired.

Reviews (2)

  • green1971 14 Jun, 2009

    This is a really easy and tasty recipe. My family enjoyed this very much. The chicken is very tender.

  • MrsDiaz 16 Aug, 2008

    Has anyone tried substituting crushed "rice crisp" cereal in place of the corn flakes? Just wondering if I can use what I have in the pantry already. Thanks for any advice.

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