We make a lot of chicken at our house. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. So I’m always attempting new recipes I find and trying my hand at creating something new. This recipe was inspired by the tail-end of a box of Cheez-Its. Instead of licking my fingers to dab out the leftover crumbs from the bottom of the box, I decided to keep my dignity and turn the cheddar bits into a delicious breading. So I licked my last handful of addictive cracker dust and headed for the kitchen:
2 Cup crushed cheddar cracker crumbs (I used Cheez-Its, crushed in a food processor)
4-5 Skinless chicken breasts
1 Cup milk
1 zip lock bag (shake and bake, baby!)
Begin by heating your cooking oil (either in a fryer or deep frying pan) on medium heat.
In a shallow dish, mix your egg and your milk. Coat chicken breasts until moist as this will help the Cheez-It mixture to stick to the chicken. Add your Cheez-It crumbs to the zip-lock bag and, one breast at a time, shake until the breast is evenly coated in cracker crumbs. Transfer chicken, carefully, to your pre-heated frying pan. Fry for 6-7 minutes, flip and cook for another 6-7 minutes on the other side. Your chicken breasts will need to reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees.)
Remove fried chicken to a paper-towel covered plate to remove excess oil. Serve and enjoy!
*Helpful Hint: If you feel the outside of your chicken is cooking to fast, refrain from burning your breading and move chicken breasts to an oven dish and cook chicken the remainder of the way through in your oven on 375.