cornflake unfried chicken

Photo: Philia Kelnhofer

The Easiest
This irresistible, unfussy recipe from Philia Kelnhofer's new Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes has you soak chicken tenders in whole milk for 20 minutes, then coat them in a mixture of crushed cornflakes, paprika, salt and pepper. You drizzle melted butter over the coated chicken, then bake for 20 minutes. Golden, tender chicken on a busy weeknight? Sign us up.

Get the recipe: "Unfried" Cornflake Chicken
Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken

The Crispiest
If you haven't tried breading foods in rice flour, prepare to be amazed. The gluten-free ingredient has a lighter texture than wheat flour, and dredging chicken drumsticks, thighs and breasts in it results in a supercrispy crust. This recipe also incorporates an additional coating of corn-cereal flakes and cracker crumbs, so the crunch factor is off the charts.

Get the recipe: Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken
oven baked chicken

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The Juiciest
Brining (aka soaking meat in cold, salted water prior to cooking) is a technique you can use before roasting, grilling or other methods—but it's especially helpful when oven-frying chicken breasts, which can dry out easily. After the brine, you dip the chicken in buttermilk and seasoned bread crumbs, then cook it on a sheet you've preheated, so it sizzles when it makes contact. The result: deeply flavored meat that's also superjuicy.

Get the recipe: Oven (Tastes Like Southern) Fried Chicken