Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
I know: It's called Team Flakes Chicken, yet there is no Team Flakes cereal in the recipe. I actually got the recipe as a young girl back in the '70's from the side of the cereal box, and have been making it ever since. They stopped making the cereal in the mid-1990's (our major loss), but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy this easy and tasty chicken. I use Special K cereal, or Smart Start, but any cereal flake will do, though I don't care for corn flakes as they get soggy and are too one-dimensional in flavor. The Special K has a nice malt-flavored layer which gives the coating some crunch and offers a nice taste (though I still miss the Team Flakes). This dish is terrific when prepared with chicken tenders and served cold for a picnic (we love it at the Hollywood Bowl before a concert, served alongside a pasta salad), or, as we enjoyed it tonight, fresh from the oven, with pilaf, creamed spinach, and a wedge salad. My favorite aspect is that my family thinks it's fried chicken, and it's just cereal! I made a double recipe so we can enjoy it cold for lunch tomorrow; yum!!
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt, divided
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 cups Special K cereal, crushed
- 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
- 1⁄3 cup butter, melted
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a shallow pie pan, combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, and ground black pepper; set aside.
- In a second pie pan, beat eggs; set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss crushed cereal with remaining 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, dried basil leaves, and melted butter.
- Chicken breasts can be used whole, or cut into strips (about 3 per breast).
- To assemble chicken: Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off excess.
- Next, dip the chicken into the beaten egg.
- Coat each chicken piece in cereal mixture and lay on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the chicken in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife.
- Delicious served hot or cold.