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Easy & Delicious Dinner: Ritz Cracker Chicken

Okay, if I’m being totally honest, I’m in a food rut 99.9% of the time. I have a slight addiction to eating out. And I also tend to toe the line of hangry before I finally start to make any food decisions. That’s not a recipe for success I tell you.

I don’t necessarily mind cooking, but like I said–I typically wait too long and then end up in that annoying place where I’m incapable of making decisions.

Meal planning is my friend.
Can I get an AMEN?

I love to eat. So for a recipe to make it into my regular rotation it doesn’t just need to be easy, it has to be packed full of flavor. And if it can resemble something that I could possibly order off a takeout menu, all the better.

ritz cracker chicken

Spicy Cheddar Ritz Cracker Chicken

What you need:

  1. 2-4 chicken breast cut into tenders
  2. 1 sleeve of ritz crackers
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 1-2 teaspoons of Tony’s More Spice (more if you like extra spice)
  5. Dash of salt & pepper
  6. 1-2 eggs

What you do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees & spray a baking sheet. Bonus tip: I line my baking sheet with aluminum foil
  2. Place the sleeve of crackers into a large Ziplock bag and pound the crap out of them. This is your chance to get some aggression out. Someone pissing you off? Good. Even better. You want a fine crumb-like texture. Some bigger bits are okay, too.
  3. Add the cheese, Tony’s, and salt & pepper in with the crumbled up crackers and shake it up! Bonus points if you dance.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a bowl wide enough to coat your chicken in.
  5. Bathe each piece in the egg wash then roll it in the cracker mixture. I actually place the chicken ON the mixture then burry it, pressing the mixture down into the chicken.
  6. Lay chicken on baking sheet
  7. Bake for 35 minutes.

easy and delicious dinner recipe

The first time I made this I accidentally overdid it with the Tony’s, so I’ve learned less is more and that I can always add more later. Obviously, you can spice this however you want–we’re just big fans of spicy!

I usually make this with Idaho instant mashed potatoes because I’m super duper classy (four cheese for life), but I didn’t have any this week so I relied on an old favorite (pour a can of green beans and a can of sliced new potatoes into a pot with some butter, salt, peppper & garlic powder and boil until all the juices evaporate). Probably not the healthiest but as I always say–it’s still better than a Mcdonald’s drive thru (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

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  1. Nadine

    October 27, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I make a similar version of this with the Ritz crackers and I always love how crunchy and yummy it turns out! Last weekend I ended up waiting far too long to eat after I was hungry and couldn’t find anything that sounded even remotely good. I hate when I do that!

  2. Carly

    October 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    This sounds so good, but makes me so nervous because I would probably eat the rest of the ritz crackers while waiting for the chicken to cook, haha.

  3. kristen

    October 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    girl i am right there with you with it being something resembling take out lol. i am lazy and i suck at meal planning though i am trying to be better! we’re in a weird spot right now and not cooking, lots of eating out or crackers and hummus for dinner lol. i’m not a spicy fan at all, but KC is so i might omit it for me. but i definitely am saving it!

  4. Emily

    October 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    This looks delicious! Joining a food subscription box really helped me to start cooking more often. And I love using things like ritz as a crust. My favorites cheese-its:) So tasty!

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