Cheez-It Chicken

Cheez-It Chicken Tenders – Tender chicken tenderloins dipped in a delightful mix of flour, eggs, and honey mustard, then coated in crushed Cheez-It crackers and baked to crispy perfection. It’s the ultimate comfort food with a cheesy twist. Pair it with your favorite sides for a deliciously crunchy dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite.

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Oven Fried Cheez-It Chicken

These Cheez-it Chicken Tenders are a new family favorite! They are a flavor explosion in every bite. Coated in a mixture of flour, eggs, and honey mustard, chicken tenderloins become golden and crispy in the oven. But it’s the crushed Cheez-It crackers that take this dish to a whole new level. They add that perfect crunch and a cheesy, savory goodness that’s just impossible to resist. Each bite offers a satisfying combination of tender chicken with a hint of sweetness from the honey mustard and the irresistible cheesy kick from the crackers. Add this recipe to your menu ASAP! Your family will thank you.

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How to Make Cheez-It Chicken Tenders

This dish is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack inside. Set aside. 

Place flour in a shallow dish. Season with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk together eggs and honey mustard in another shallow bowl. Place cheez-it crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely crushed. Pour crackers into a separate shallow bowl.

Dip chicken tenderloins in flour; dip into the egg mixture and coat in cracker crumbs. Place chicken on the baking sheet. Spray chicken with cooking spray.

Bake in a preheated oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Sprinkle with parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use any boneless chicken you enjoy in this recipe.
    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins.
    • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I crush my cheese crackers in the food processor. Don’t have a food processor? You can place the crackers in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • For extra flavor, add parmesan cheese to the cracker crumbs.
  • Can I make Cheez-it Chicken in the air fryer? Yes! Bread the chicken and place them in the air fryer basket. Cook the chicken strips in batches at 375ºF for 8 minutes.
  • Drizzle the chicken with melted butter instead of spraying the chicken with non-stick spray.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
baked chicken tenders on a baking sheet

What to Serve with Cheez-it Chicken

When it comes to serving up this chicken, you’ll want some sides that complement its crispy, cheesy goodness. 

  • One fabulous choice is a classic macaroni and cheese. Its creamy, cheesy nature pairs perfectly with the crunchy chicken. 
  • A fresh and crisp garden salad with a zesty vinaigrette dressing is a fantastic choice. The contrast of the light and tangy salad alongside the rich, cheesy chicken creates a well-rounded meal.
  • Consider serving it with french fries or sweet potato fries for a classic combination.
  • And don’t forget your favorite dipping sauces, such as honey mustard or ranch dressing.

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Cheez-It Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cheez-It Chicken Tenders – Tender chicken tenderloins, dipped in a delightful mix of flour, eggs, and honey mustard, then coated in crushed Cheez-It crackers, and baked to crispy perfection. It's the ultimate comfort food with a cheesy twist. Pair it with your favorite sides for a deliciously crunchy dinner that's sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • -lb chicken tenderloins
  • ¼ cup honey mustard dressing
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • cups Cheez-It cheddar crackers
  • cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil and top with a baking rack.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish. Season with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Whisk together eggs and honey mustard in another shallow bowl.
  • Place cheez-it crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely crushed. Pour crackers into a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dip chicken tenderloins in flour; dip into the egg mixture and coat in cracker crumbs. Place chicken on the baking sheet. Spray chicken with cooking spray.
  • Bake, for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

  • You can use any boneless chicken you enjoy in this recipe.
    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins.
    • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I crush my cheese crackers in the food processor. Don’t have a food processor? You can place the crackers in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • For extra flavor, add parmesan cheese to the cracker crumbs.
  • Can I make Cheez-it Chicken in the air fryer? Yes! Bread the chicken and place them in the air fryer basket. Cook the chicken strips in batches at 375ºF for 8 minutes.
  • Can drizzle the chicken with melted butter instead of spraying the chicken with non-stick spray.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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Comments

  1. Approximation how many Cheez-Its are on a cup? I'm trying to figure out the night into and the program I'm using (my fitness pal) says 17 Cheez-Its or you can list each individually.

  2. Approximation how many Cheez-Its are on a cup? I'm trying to figure out the night into and the program I'm using (my fitness pal) says 17 Cheez-Its or you can list each individually.

  3. I do a similar recipe as well. Try putting a piece of butter over each piece of chicken…absolutely delish!

  4. this recipe was a good idea, but the crumbs don't stick. it ended up just being plain chicken because all the cheeze-it crumbs fell off. very disappointing.

  5. I actually did this 20 years ago because I got a box of cheese its that had apparently been shipped pretty roughly and was half crumbs. I forgot how good these were, I need to make them again.

  6. I love cheeze-its but never thought of using as breading – I need to widen my vision. These look and sound delicious and easy to make as well.

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