We eat our share of cereal in my house. I’m not saying that we have it for every meal, but we certainly enjoy a bowlful or two of it for breakfast several times a week. When you’re rushing to get everyone out the door but one kid is still in bed while the other endlessly debates what to wear to school, cereal is an early morning savior.

We have a bunch of different cereals in our pantry, but the one kind our entire family agrees on are Heritage Flakes. They’re crispy, crunchy, and — who knew — they also make the most incredible coating for the Crispy Chicken Bites recipe in my new book Weelicious Lunches.* Given our love for cereal, I’ve always got a few boxes of Heritage Flakes tucked away, so this dish is a total snap for lunch or dinner. The best part about these chicken bites is that you can freeze them, so all you have to do for a healthful last minute meal is pop them in the broiler. In my experience, kids grab for them by the fist full, especially when you serve them with dip like honey mustard, ketchup, ranch dressing or my favorite, BBQ sauce!

Crispy Chicken Bites video from weelicious.comPin

So watch here and see why that box of cereal sitting in your closet is good for more than just a quick breakfast.

* I love Heritage Flakes but corn or other low sugar flakey cereals work great too.

Photo by Maren Caruso

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. is the actual recipe (ingredients and directions) not available? or is the site not working for me? when I click on go to recipe it just refreshes the page? Can you at least tell me the cook temp and time?

  2. Hi Catherine!
    I love all the little lunchboxes you use. My son is going to pre-school this year and I’m getting ready early! What is your favorite lunchbox that doesn’t leak and is easier for little fingers to open? Any brand suggestions? I tried searching your site but didn’t see a category like that? Thanks so much!

  3. These look great, and I love the video! I have an extremely picky eater,, who eats few foods. But, she loves to cook and she loves to follow recipes herself. Videos like this make a huge difference. She’s dying to make these, and I’m dying to see if she’ll love them. I only just discovered your website, and have ordered one of your books. I can’t wait to explore more.

  4. You guys are way too cute! “This could take days” Ha! That’s how I feel sometimes when I cook with my kids. Yum, yum chicken nanuggets (as Louisa calls them).

  5. I finally got around to making these without using buttermilk (but with milk and lemon juice sub) and I gotta say “easy and delicious!” Seems like it would be just another nugget recipe, but it is very tasty! Hope my daughter likes it, too!

  6. I can’t even handle how cute Chloe is!!!! And I want these chicken nuggets in my life IMMEDIATELY!

  7. You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of any type of milk! Let it sit for a few minutes then use according to the recipe directions!

  8. I saw someone asked about a substitute for buttermilk. I can’t find this where I live. Is there a sub? I’d love to make these yummy treats.

  9. I let the chicken bites cool completely before packing in a lunchbox or storing in the fridge so they don’t get soggy!

  10. I ALSO want to know how they turn out after packing in a Planetbox or other Bento box. Does the coating get soggy and fall off by lunchtime due to the condensation after being stored in the cold refrigerator before packing? Other than that, what a great recipe. I cook something similar but use margarine. Buttermilk is much healthier!

  11. What can buttermilk be replaced with if we want a nondairy dish? I keep kosher so I don’t mix or eat meat with milk or any dairy items.

  12. Inside the lunchbox? They’re both the chicken bites, but covered in different types of flakes! Corn flakes and whole wheat flakes!

  13. Yes! Lunch is eaten at room temperature! So it is not heated up, and it also is not cold like it just came out of the fridge.

  14. Nice! Love things like this that you can batch book. But what I really love are Miss Chloe’s dangly earrings. So chic!

  15. I let them cool completely before packing in the lunch box so they don’t get soggy! School lunch is not reheated so it is served at room temp! I always pack an ice pack in lunch to keep everything at a safe temperature!

  16. Looks delicious. So for school lunch, is it OK to bake in the morning and then they just eat them cold?

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