Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken is a meal your family will love. Crunch from cheese crackers and topped with a creamy sauce, it is delish!

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken is a meal your family will love. Crunch from cheese crackers and topped with a creamy sauce, it is delish!

Are you stuck in a rut with your dinnertime menu? As much as I’m online looking at food, you’d think this wouldn’t be an issue…but yet it is. So when a new family favorite comes my way I’m always excited to share it with our followers since I know that you are probably looking for new additions to your menu rotation too. I found this new family favorite as part of an ongoing blogger event that we participate in known as FREAKY FRIDAY!

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Freaky Friday is a blogger event where you are secretly assigned a fellow blogger. Next, choose a recipe from their site to make for your own website, then on a specified date, everyone reveals their creations. Always a fun and oh so delicious event!

Today I’m debuting my assigned blogger: Candi from The Devilish Dish! Candi is a busy lady living in good old Oklahoma who shares recipes that tickle her fancy. There’s no calorie counting allowed on Candi’s site (love that)! While pursuing Candi’s expansive recipe selection I was drawn towards a couple of yummy recipes including: Orange Julius Fruit Dip, Lincoln County Biscuits and especially Greg’s Party Potatoes . Be sure to follow The Devlish Dish, Candi is always posting something yummy!

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken is a meal your family will love. Crunch from cheese crackers and topped with a creamy sauce, it is delish!

In the end, I chose to make her Cheez-It Fiesta Chicken for a couple of reasons. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken and I don’t know anyone who loves Cheez-It crackers more than my husband. Trust me when I say there is ALWAYS a box of Cheez-It crackers in our pantry…always! So when I saw her recipe, I knew I had to try it.

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken is my version of Candi’s recipe, with just a couple of minor changes. I liked the idea of baking the Cheez-It crusted chicken and then adding the sauce and cheese at the end so there was still a bit of a “crunch” from the crackers. The sauce and cheese get broiled on top of the baked chicken pieces resulting in a wonderful meal. The sauce has diced green chilies, adding the nicest flavor to the salty, crunchy flavor from the Cheez-It crackers. I topped our chicken breasts with some shredded Monterrey Jack cheese and they were YUM!

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken is a meal your family will love. Crunch from cheese crackers and topped with a creamy sauce, it is delish!

Serve with some Spanish rice, black beans or a simple salad. And since we aren’t counting calories with this dish, why not serve a Margarita too? Be sure to scroll all the way down for a list of ALL the yummy treats from our fellow bloggers, I’m sure you’ll find a few new faves to try!

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Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Cheez-It Fiesta Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 cup Cheez-It Crackers, crushed
  • 2 T Taco Seasoning
  • Sauce:
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Spray 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place crushed Cheez-It crackers and taco seasoning in shallow bowl.
  3. Dip chicken breasts in melted butter and dredge in Cheez-It mixture, place into prepared pan.
  4. Bake approximately 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken breasts). Remove from oven when cooked through.
  5. In small pan melt butter, whisk in flour thoroughly. Add heavy whipping cream, allow to thicken slightly while simmering 1-2 minutes. Stir in diced green chilies. Pour over chicken breasts and top with shredded Monterrey Jack cheese.
  6. Broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned on top.
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Comments

  1. I have a serious weakness for Cheez-its, so I know I would love this chicken! I also love how easy it is!

  2. The cheese sounds like it’s outa this world and grilling it until it’s all hot and bubbly? YUM! What time did you say you’ll be serving dinner? 😀

  3. I’m so glad you chose this recipe. It’s a fun twist on chicken night!

  4. I think this recipe is super fun & my niece will love it! Those flavors, and that fiesta! Swoon!

  5. This has me inspired to make this and other things coated with Cheez-Its! It looks so delicious and crunchy.

  6. How awesome is this chicken! I love the idea of using a cheez it to add incredible flavor and crunch! My family is going to go wild for this one!

  7. tuBlogdeViajes says:

    Thank you, Lori – your mini is gorgeous!

  8. Be still my heart… cheese its in my main course dinner! Its like a license to snack for dinner!

  9. Oh my goodness! This really kicks up the flavor of chicken. Love this creative recipe and looking forward to trying it.

  10. This is SUCH a fun idea! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  11. I get cravings for Cheez-Its every now and then…I’m thinking this would be fun to try! 🙂

  12. My husband is going to flip when I tell him about this recipe… He LOVES Cheez-Its, and I know he’s going to love everything about this recipe as much as I do! So fun!

  13. I love the crunchy Cheez-Its and the addition of the taco seasoning makes it even better! Adding that cheese on the top takes it over the top!

  14. What an AWESOME IDEA!! I am always looking for new ways to make chicken! THIS is happening!

  15. This chicken sounds so awesome! I need to try it!

  16. I love cheez-its! This has to be amazing with that flavor!!! I bookmarking this recipe so I can make it later on.

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