Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simple Aldi Recipes: Cornflakes Chicken

One of my oldest son's favorite meals is cornflakes chicken, a simple recipe that my mother taught me many years ago. My eight-year-old son is currently my chef's assistance, as I keep telling him that he will soon be off to college cooking for himself.

Luckily he likes to help out in the kitchen, in fact my biggest problem is almost too much help in the kitchen, as keeping track of three little ones while cooking can be quite a task.

Cornflakes chicken is very a very simple recipe, and it is definitely a favorite at my house. By using ingredients from Aldi and from my deal hunting at other stores, cornflakes chicken has turned out to become a very frugal meal as well.

Ingredients needed:
Chicken legs
1 cup Cornflakes
1 egg
Your favorite seasonings

  1. Season the chicken and let it stand in the fridge for 30+ minutes.
  2. Whisk an egg together in a bowl.
  3. In a second bowl crunch up some regular cornflakes.
  4. Prepare the baking pan. Put a piece of tin foil in the baking pan, add a baking rack and spray it with cooking spray.
  5. Roll the chicken leg in the egg mixture, then roll it in the crushed cornflakes, and make sure that the entire chicken leg is covered.
  6. Carefully place the chicken leg on the cooking rack.
  7. Cook the chicken a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

You can use potatoes (mashed, boiled, roasted... any kind), rice or corn on the cob as sides. Tailor the sides to the current sales, and turn Cornflakes chicken into a very frugal dinner. I used a box of Zatarain's Black Beans and Rice, and then I added some steamed corn from a recent sale.

Cost of meal

Chicken drumsticks- Chicken drumsticks at Aldi $1.29/lb - $4.04 package, used 1/3 = $1.35
2 cups of cornflakes - Cornflakes at Aldi $1.39
1 egg - Dozen Eggs at Aldi $0.99 = $0.08
Corn - Birds Eye Steamfresh at Target $0.40
Rice & Beans: Zatarain's Rice & Beans at Publix $0.66

Total cost of the Cornflakes Chicken meal $3.88 for a family of four.

You can find more cheap Aldi recipes here.

I am always looking for inspiration on frugal cooking, and I would love to discover some of your frugal recipes. If you have any great cheap recipes, you can share them in the Cheap Recipes Linky below.


  1. These look delicious--and so fun to eat for little guys!! I can just imagine your boys' dorm rooms at college as the favorite to eat at!!

  2. i am going to use this recipe tonight, sounds good!

  3. This is a new thing for me. I have never coated chicken with anything but breadcrumbs. You have intrigued me. I will have to try this sometime.

  4. My Pasta Bake does not look that cheap at first glance, but with making it meatless and the cheap cheese available from Aldi's it is actually pretty frugal.

  5. Elizabeth, frugal recipes are all about making a not-cheap meal affordable and by using ingredients from Aldi it definitely gets cheaper.

  6. This looks easy to do, thanks for the recipe!