Easy Chicken Recipe: Cheez-Its Chicken

What is the one meal that isn’t a hot dog or a chicken nugget that everyone of my kids love? This easy chicken recipe for Cheez-Its chicken.

And while it looks like it might be deep fried, it’s actually oven fried. It’s quick to make and I bet you have most of the ingredients on hand already. If you don’t have Cheez-Its, try goldfish crackers or Trader Joe’s cheddar rockets…they work well and taste just as yummy!

So here it is…

Easy Chicken Recipe: Cheez-Its Chicken


Cheez-Its Chicken

Easy Chicken Recipe: Cheez-Its Chicken
Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image


  • 1 - 1-1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 cups of Cheez-Its
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (I use unsalted butter because of all the salt on the Cheez-Its)
  • Garlic salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Place the Cheez-Its in a large Ziploc bag and crush them up. Use your fist, a rolling pin, or let your kids have at the bag.
  3. READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT NOTE! Make sure to get all of the air out of the bag before you start banging on it or you will have Cheez-Its everywhere! Trust me, I speak from experience.
  4. Once they are good and crushed up, pour them onto a plate.
  5. Put the sour cream on a plate and season with the garlic salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in it, then roll the chicken in the crushed Cheez-Its.
  6. In a glass baking dish, pour in the melted butter, and then place the chicken in the dish, turning once to get butter on both sides.
  7. -OR-
  8. Use a roasting pan with a rack. Place the chicken on the rack and pour the melted butter over the top of it.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes (chicken breasts) or 20 minutes (tenderloins).
  10. Let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.


If you don't have Cheez-Its on hand, you can use goldfish crackers or any other similar cheese type cracker.


That’s it! A yummy and easy chicken recipe! Now if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I share a lot of easy chicken recipes. A lot of them. Check out my easy chicken recipes. Some family favorites are the Bacon, Feta, and Spinach (Un)Stuffed Chicken, this super easy chicken recipe for Baked Chicken, and this Cilantro Lime Easy Chicken recipe.

If you have had this recipe before, let me know if your family likes it as much as mine does. If you haven’t had it yet, are you going to try it? Feel free to leave a link to your favorite chicken recipe in the comments below!

Photo Source


  1. I have made Ritz cracker chicken but never with cheeze its I will have to try it! I know my girls would love it.
  2. I want to lick my screen, that looks totally scrumptious!
  3. Baked is always better than fried. Anything breaded and crispy that wasn't friend is totally the healthy alternative and it counts as healthy :). The link-up is there for the rest of the week, don't forget to put your link in there.
  4. This made me giggle, since my sister-in-law does this recipe, only with crushed Goldfish Crackers and ranch dressing (maybe not the butter--I should ask), and calls it Redneck Chicken. I'm not sure what that says about the lot of us, since we all love it...
  5. I am literally drooling. Not only because I am hungry, but coz it looks devine! :)
  6. Oh yum! I am definitely going to try this. Chicken, cheez-its and sour cream? All favorites in our family!
  7. you know i LOVE it when you post recipes. I have them all bookmarked on my computer under "Nat's Yum Recipes". BOOM.
  8. That sounds so yummy! I wonder can you make it w/o the sour cream? Use egg instead? Not a huge sour cream fan but it definitely looked delicious!
  9. I've made chicken with Corn Flakes but never thought about using cheez its. This looks amazing!
  10. Helloooooooo, perfect meal for my kids, the Cheezits lovers! Thanks!
  11. I love easy quick and yummy recipes. Thanks!
  12. I made this for dinner tonight and oh my goodness, it was GOOD!! All four of my kids liked it, too, and that's saying something :-D
  13. I have a selective vegetarian in my home-you know the kind that eats cheese burgers and hot dogs but won't touch chicken even in nugget form. I'm willing to bet I could maybe get her to try this since Cheez-Its are involved. Twingle Mommy recently posted..Kids Really do Say the Darnedest ThingsMy Profile
  14. We have done it with fish crackers and it was a hit here, too! We haven't had it in a while, though - might be time too have it again! Your photo looks delish! Kim@Co-Pilot Mom recently posted..Finding Our Styles – Guest Post at Coach DaddyMy Profile
  15. I LOVE cheez-its. This sounds awesome! Jennifer recently posted..Back to School BlissMy Profile


  1. [...] You share the yummiest good-for-you-goodness that you ate this week. The last recipe I shared (Cheez-Its Chicken) was not exactly healthy…but his one [...]
  2. […] nothing better than breakfast for dinner, and I’ve even served Cheez-Its Chicken for breakfast. As long as they are eating something other than nuggets and hot dogs, I’m […]