Goldfish/Cheez-It Chicken Strips

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My daughter likes Goldfish Crackers.

My son likes Cheez-It Crackers.

And never the two shall meet, well, except:

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“Mom! He/She’s eating my crackers!” This is a common exclamation screeched throughout my house.

And then the tiresome response, “They’re not your crackers. They’re my crackers!”

How annoying.

Well, actually. That last response is mine.

‘Cause it’s true. I did buy them.

I decided to use up some of these snack bags of crackers. I would like to say it is because I wanted to show the kids that the crackers could work in perfect harmony. Much like themselves.

But, really, I just had a lot of chicken.

And too many crackers.

I remembered making a similar recipe with my daughter with Cheez-It Crackers when she was two. And not liking it.

However, if there is a will. There is a way.

And my soul was drowning in the cheese cracker meltdowns going on in my house.

Here is how we all lived in harmony, with the crackers… For one night:

Ingredients:

1 cup of Cheez-It Crackers (I used 2 snack bags)
1 cup of Goldfish Crackers (I used 2 snack bags)
2 pounds chicken tenders
2 eggs
2 tbsp. Milk
2 Tbsp. Water
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
Extra salt to taste at end

Let’s get cracking!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a big bag, crush your crackers. I use the smooth part of the mallot. And when I say, I, I mean my kids. Because kids like crushing crackers even more than they like fighting over them.

They actually made all of the chicken strips themselves.

Line two baking sheets with foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

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In a small bowl, beat the two eggs with a fork. Add milk and water, and whisk together.

In a separate bowl, pour the cracker crumbs. Add cayenne pepper, pepper, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Stir together.

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Take a chicken tender and drench it in the egg mixture. Then dunk the wet chicken tender in the cracker mixture. The kids actually did all of this themselves. Do you know what a kid likes better than fighting over crackers? Or crushing crackers? That’s right, coating chicken with crackers.

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Place the chicken tenders on the baking sheets after the above steps have been completed.

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Bake the chicken tenders for 20-22 minutes until they are no longer pink on the inside (mine took 22 minutes).

Carefully remove the pans from the oven. Sprinkle chicken strips with salt.

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Serve up the chicken strips (all I have is this sad little picture. Because kids making chicken takes a bit of time. And I was starved. I will update as soon as the next cracker debate occurs. I can imagine this will be soon).

These were so incredibly yummy. I might need to keep all of my crackers.

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I did not take a good picture of the finished chicken product. But I did snap a picture of the biscuits I made while the kids made the chicken strips.

I love when things come together! Enjoy!

And revel in your peace making.

At least for the time being.

10 thoughts on “Goldfish/Cheez-It Chicken Strips

  1. Looks amazing. 🙂 I consider myself a “foodie” (if that isn’t a bad word now), but I will never be a food snob, I love chicken strips. I might try this one of these days. 🙂

    • Thank you Rachel! Nothing with the word food in it is a bad word! I love looking at all the yummy food pictures on your Instagram on the side of your blog! I try not to eat too many chicken strips, because I love them. But these are baked not fried, so I don’t feel as guilty. Let’s ignore that they are covered in cheese crackers, shall we? ; )

      Have a gorgeous Thursday!

      Jenni

  2. Oh man, my boys love their goldfish! I will have to try this recipe, if I can sneak some of their crackers away. Looks yummy. Maybe it will make for a peaceful, they eat all their food, kind of dinners!

    • Thank you Alicia! They will like it, especially if you let them smash the goldfish. I would just put it in a bag. Maybe double bag it. They could just crush them with their hands. Although, they are young, then they might do it all of the time. All over the house. Hmmmm. That is your call. : ). I hope you like them! Please let me know if you try them. My kids have been begging me to let them make more. I am saving it for a good day. As in, when they are driving me bonkers! ; )

      Have a happy day tomorrow!

      Jenni

  3. Everyone in my house love both of these crackers – this sounds so good! I work for the company that makes Cheez-Its (Kellogg). I will have to try this! I did try the chicken spaghetti recipe and that was great – I put broccoli in mine. Have a wonderful day!

    • Thank you Heather! Oh my gosh! That is so cool! Your job, I mean. Yes, you must make Cheez-It chicken! : ). How fun!

      Thank you for letting me know about the chicken spaghetti. That makes me happy. I want some now! And with broccoli (my favorite vegetable). I just came back from a meeting tonight. Wowzers! And all I want to do is eat. And drink. But I can’t! No points. So, I wrote a story instead.

      I hope your day is full of smiles. And deals!

      Jenni

    • Thank you Melodee! Cute or clutter? Ha! It used to drive some of my relatives crazy! I am just a cluttered girl. I need to fill a space. I am glad you like it! I do, too! : )

      Have a lucky Thursday!

      Jenni

    • My kids are obsessed with the different Cheez-It flavors. And fighting over them. And I am the weird mom who doesn’t like to eat after her kids. So, I will only eat out of an unopened box. But the white cheddar ones are really good also. I will have to try Italian Cheese.

      Have a fantastic Friday!

      Jenni

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