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These Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips are oven baked until crunchy perfection. The perfect under 30-minute dinner idea using Goldfish® crackers. Kid friendly too!
Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips
Now that my younger daughter has started Kindergarten I’ve been busier than ever. She has so much homework! I have to sit down and help her. Also, I have to keep my 2nd grader in line as they distract each other during homework time. That’s why dinnertime in my house needs to be quick, wholesome and delicious.
I’ve achieved that with these delicious Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips. They are crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and definitely kid and husband friendly (according to my empiric evidence).
To make them kid-friendly, I used delicious Goldfish® crackers as the breading. They provide the flavor and the extra crunchiness these guys need, as they are oven baked and not fried. Serve them with a side of veggies that can also be dipped into the mustard and they’ll be begging for seconds.
I also add a touch of cheese to the breading. It bakes up beautifully when it toasts up. Just try to avoid mozzarella cheese, it would melt too fast and ruin the breading. Cheddar, 4 cheese Mexican and parmesan work. If you’re not a fan of cheese, simply omit it from the recipe.
To make your Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips, I will show you step-by-step pictures and also point out some tricks, so you will become an oven roaster expert.
Let’s start by cutting up your chicken breasts into strips. You can also do nuggets if you’d like. Season with salt.
Now throw your Goldfish® crackers inside a food processor and process until ground.
Next, set up your breading station using 3 shallow bowls. The first one will be filled with flour, the second one with lightly beaten egg, and the third one with the Goldfish® cracker crumbles mixed with cheese.
Having them set in proper order will ensure you a quicker and less messy breading. One quick trick I learned in culinary school: use one hand for the dry part (flour, cracker crumbs) and the other for the wet part (eggs).
I coat my chicken in the flour, making sure it is completely coated and then I shake off the excess.
Then, the chicken takes a bath inside the egg. Also shaking off the excess at the end.
The last stop is the most flavorful one: the cracker and cheese. The chicken gets a delicious coating of Goldfish® crackers. Shake off the excess.
The strips are placed on a sheet pan lined with a baking rack. Before adding the chicken make sure that the rack is well greased with nonstick spray.
Now spray the tops of the chicken with some nonstick spray. This will make the strips even crunchier.
It goes into the oven for 15-18 minutes or until completely cooked. See how easy it is? Now that my kids love the recipe, I went and bought the bigger boxes of Goldfish® crackers. To snack on during school and to enjoy during a meal at dinnertime.
I used the Goldfish® Cheddar Made With Whole Grain crackers, but you can certainly use your favorite Goldfish® cracker flavor. These guys are easily found in the cracker section at your local Walmart. I usually see them on the bottom of the shelf.
I hope you can try these delicious Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet
Cracker Crusted Chicken Strips - Recipe Tutorial
- 2 Chicken Breasts cut into strips
- 1 Cup of flour
- 1 Cup of Goldfish® cracker Cheddar flavored
- 2 Eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup of 4 Mexican Cheese or Parmesan
- Salt + Pepper
- Nonstick Spray
Line a sheet pan with a baking rack. Grease the rack generously with non-stick spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Season chicken strips with salt and pepper
Ground the Goldfish® crackers inside a food processor. Pour into a shallow bowl and mix in the cheese
Place flour in a shallow bowl and the egg in another bowl
Dip the chicken in the flour, completely coating the chicken. Shake off excess
Dip the floured chicken into the eggs, shaking off the excess
Dip the strips into the Goldfish® cracker mixture. Make sure the chicken is completely coated and that you have shaken off the excess
Place chicken strips into the prepared sheet pan
Spray the tops of the chicken with the non-stick spray
Bake for 10 minutes
Turn the chicken, add non-stick spray on the tops
Bake for 5-7 more minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked