Cheeze-It Chicken Tenders
Cheeze-It Chicken Tenders – EASY, ready in 15 minutes, and so CRISPY on the outside thanks to a Cheeze-It Cracker coating!! Don’t bother frying chicken when you can bake it! If you like Cheeze-Its, you’re going to LOVE this chicken!!
One of my favorite snacks growing up and in college was Cheeze-It Crackers. I’m not sure why I fell out of the habit of buying them…ok, the meaningless carbs, fat, and sodium do come to mind…but they’re so good.
But recently before a day at the beach I grabbed a box and my daughter and I scarfed them down.
Then I got the idea to make these baked chicken tenders breaded in Cheeze-Its and panko breadcrumbs. And I have to say it was a pretty great idea because we loved this chicken. I hope you guys love it as much as the recent recipe for Everything Bagel Baked Chicken Tenders which went pretty viral immediately after I posted it.
How To Make The Cheeze-It Chicken Tenders
Simply beat an egg, dip the chicken into it, add the chicken to a large ziptop plastic bag with crushed Cheeze-It Crackers and panko breadcrumbs. Seal up the bag and shake. When you want to spruce up classic shake-and-bake chicken, Cheeze-It chicken is how it’s done.
Bake the tenders for 15 minutes and dinner is ready – perfect for busy weeknights. These are also great for game day parties or any time you need a casual appetizer or snack that everyone will love.
What Do The Chicken Tenders Taste Like
These oven-baked chicken tenders are plenty crispy on the outside thanks to the crackers and the panko breadcrumbs. Why bother frying chicken when you can get so much flavor from baked chicken.
Meanwhile, the chicken is tender and juicy on the inside. Just be sure not to overbake the chicken because tenders cook up so fast in a hot 400F oven.
The Cheeze-Its add an unmistakeable cheesy flavor that all Cheeze-It fans will appreciate.
I recommend using classic (full fat) Cheeze-Its rather than the reduced fat version so that the chicken has a better chance of staying juicier and moister. There are all kinds of spicier versions of Cheeze-Its out now and I think they would be great as well if you want to spice things up.
How Does The Chicken Get Crispy Without Frying
Note that panko breadcrumbs are Japanese-style breadcrumbs and are not the same as regular breadcrumbs so don’t substitute those. These are bigger, crunchier crumbs and yield chicken tenders that have a lovely crispiness on the outside that you wouldn’t get from regular breadcrumbs.
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- 1 1/2 cups Cheeze-It Crackers (use regular rather than low-fat)
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders
- ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, ketchup, etc. for serving if desired
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup; set aside.
- To a large ziptop storage bag add the Cheeze-It's, seal bag and crush the crackers with your fist from the outside until you have fine crumbs. Tip - Roll a rolling pin, beer bottle, soda can, or something similar over the bag to pulverize the crumbs easily. I don't find it necessary to dirty my food processor for this task.
- Unzip the bag, add the panko, stir to combine; set bag aside.
- To a medium bowl, add the egg, salt, pepper, lightly beat the egg with a fork, add the chicken, and toss and flip chicken with the fork so all pieces are coated evenly.
- Remove chicken from the bowl using the fork (discard excess egg), drop it into the plastic bag, seal bag, and toss and shake bag to evenly coat the chicken.
- Place chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced. Tip - Take the excess crumbs that are in the bag and use your fingers or a spoon to firmly push them onto the chicken in any sparsely coated areas.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, flip midway through cooking if desired. Serve immediately with your favorite dip or dressing if desired. Chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months, noting that reheated chicken will not retain it’s crispiness.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 626 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 180mg Sodium: 1291mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 51g
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