Deliciously crispy Baked Cajun Popcorn Chicken: this easy oven fried popcorn chicken recipe yields crispy chicken bites that are packed with flavor and perfect to satisfy your fried chicken cravings as they taste exactly like real fried chicken! Dip them in honey mustard, hot honey, mayo or your favorite sauce!
1/2cupbuttermilkor 1/2 cup milk + 1 and 1/2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
2cupscorn flakesfinely crushed (a few bigger crumbs are okay)
2tbspflouror gluten-free flour for GF eaters
2tbspcajun seasoning mix
Vegetable oilfor brushing
For the Homemade Chipotle Mayo
1/2cupsour cream or mayonnaise
1tspsmoked paprikaor regular paprika
1/8 tspsaltor more to taste
1/8tspchipotle powderor adobo sauce
In a large ziplock bag, combine the buttermilk, cubed chicken, and salt. Toss and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add the crushed corn flakes, flour, and cajun seasoning. Mix to combine.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and coat each piece with the corn flake mixture, then place onto your prepared baking sheet. Do not crowd the pans or the chicken won't come out crispy!
Gently brush or drizzle the chicken with some vegetable oil. The oil will sizzle and basically fry the corn flake coating making your chicken extra crispy so don't skip this step!
Bake for 10-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (the inside should be white). Mine usually takes 10 minutes but if your chicken is thicker it might take a bit longer.
Meanwhile, make the chipotle mayo. In a bowl, add the sour cream or mayonnaise, water, lime juice, paprika, chili powder, salt, and chipotle powder. Mix until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Remove the chicken from the oven and serve with your homemade chipotle mayo!
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