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!
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!
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!
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!
Other Freaky Friday recipes to try:
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- 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 T butter, melted
- 1 cup Cheez-It Crackers, crushed
- 2 T Taco Seasoning
- 2 T butter
- 2 T flour
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 oz can diced green chilies
- 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Spray 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place crushed Cheez-It crackers and taco seasoning in shallow bowl.
- Dip chicken breasts in melted butter and dredge in Cheez-It mixture, place into prepared pan.
- Bake approximately 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken breasts). Remove from oven when cooked through.
- 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.
- Broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned on top.
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