Cheez-Its did not compensate me for using their delicious little bits on my chicken. If they want to, I’m open to the idea.
I couldn’t sleep the other night (what else is new, right?) so I was flipping through Pinterest as I’m known to do. I saw a pin for Cheez-It Chicken and was intrigued. There weren’t any instructions attached to that particular pin, but that’s okay. It turns out I know how to bread chicken.
I pinned it for later. I was skeptical, but why not?
A few days later, I reached for a little snack and found my Colby Cheez-Its had gone a little stale. Well that was certainly disappointing! What to do with them? And then I recalled that pin…
After the Cheddar Broccoli and Bacon Stuffed Chicken turned out to have minimal flavor, I decided to marinade the chicken before I got started. The results were quite tasty.
Please note that I do not do the flour then egg then the bread the chicken. I can not stand the texture of the glue that forms. My method works just fine.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 Chicken breasts, trimmed and cut in to pieces the size that you want
- Chicken marinade of your choice (I used a garlic herb one from the fridge)
- about 2 cups of Cheez-Its (we had Colby ones, highly recommended!)
- salt and pepper to taste
Here’s what you do:
- Trim and slice chicken. Marinade according to directions. This may need to be done the night before
- Preheat oven to 375*F.
- Put Cheez-Its in a large freezer bag and smash the heck out of them. You could use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer. I didn’t totally pulverize them, but you could. Pour the smashed Cheez-Its on a plate.
- Spray or lightly oil baking dish.
- Coat each side of the chicken in the Cheez-Its crumbs. All of them. Really push it down in there.
- Gently place the Cheez-Its crumb coated chicken in the baking dish. Do this for all of the chicken.
- Bake chicken uncovered. I cooked ours for about 25 minutes, uncovered.
- When it’s done, let sit for a few min and serve. We had ours with Garlic Green Beans and it was awesome.
There you have it. Frank liked it, I liked it, and it was a good way to use some slightly stale Cheez-Its. Yeah, I’ll probably make it again.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?