These easy Cheez-It breaded chicken fingers take one of your favorite snacks and turn it into a crispy, cheesy chicken masterpiece! Made in the air fryer in minutes.
Amazing Cheez-It Breaded Chicken Fingers
That’s right. We’ve FINALLY found an excuse for all you crazy Cheez-It lovers (including myself) to eat your favorite snack crackers for dinner tonight.
Who knew something as simple as a box of Cheez-Its could conjure the BEST crispy texture on a piece of chicken? Well, now you know — it’s simply incredible.
These Cheez-It breaded chicken fingers make for the PERFECT appetizer, main course, or crowd-pleasing dish. You can even dunk them in your favorite dipping sauces to amp up the flavor even more!
why you’ll love ’em!
- They’re ridiculously easy to make.
- Have the BEST cheese flavor.
- It’s the perfect recipe for doubling up and serving a crowd.
- Everyone will LOVE the Cheez-It crust!
Ingredients You’ll Need
This great recipe uses super basic ingredients and takes under 20 minutes to get from the kitchen to the table! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Chicken breast
- Cheez-It crackers
- Garlic powder
- Ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
- Olive oil
How to Make Cheez-It Breaded Chicken Fingers
Cut your chicken breast into ½-inch thick strips and set aside.
MAKE CRACKER CRUMBS
Get your Cheez-It crackers and place them in a food processor. Pulse until your crushed crackers are roughly the size of panko bread crumbs.
Then, transfer your Cheez-It crumbs to a large plate and add garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and salt. Mix thoroughly with a fork.
Next, crack two large eggs into a medium size bowl and whisk. Dip each chicken strip into the egg mixture and then dredge them in the crumb mixture. Set aside on a plate.
COOK IN THE AIR FRYER
Spray the basket of your air fryer with cooking spray. Then place the coated chicken strips in the basket, drizzling ½ tablespoon of olive oil over the strips.
Now it’s time to cook your chicken! Air fry at 400°F for 4 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces and drizzle another ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Air fry for an additional 4 minutes.
SERVE & ENJOY!
Serve your Cheez-It breaded chicken fingers warm with an optional dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Dipping Sauces for Chicken Tenders
These delicious Cheez-It-crusted chicken will taste amazing cut up on a salad or dipped in these yummy sauces:
- Honey mustard
- Blue cheese
You can also try our tasty homemade sauces from our sister site, Fit Foodie Finds:
Top Tips for Crispy Chicken Fingers
- Carefully keep track of your cooking time to ensure you don’t overcook your chicken fingers. They cook up super fast in a 400°F air fryer!
- We recommend using the original, full-fat Cheez Its rather than reduced fat, as the chicken will have an easier time staying moist and juicy.
- Get creative and use other versions of Cheez-Its that are more flavorful or spicy to add an even more unique kick to your chicken!
How do you make chicken fingers crispy?
Make them in the air fryer! This recipe for cheez-it breaded chicken fingers is made quickly and easily (and always crispy!) in the air fryer.
Can you put raw chicken in the air fryer?
Yes! And that’s exactly how you’ll cook these crispy chicken fingers.
Although reheated chicken will not be as crispy as it is fresh out of the oven, you can still store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
To reheat, preheat your air fryer to 350°F, and reheat the chicken fingers for 2-3 minutes or until fully reheated.
Tip: For the crispiest reheated chicken, lightly drizzle some olive oil on top before heating in the air fryer.
Cheez-It Breaded Chicken Fingers
- 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups Cheez-It crackers
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- Cut the chicken breast into ½-inch thick strips. Set aside.
- Place the Cheez-It crackers into a food processor and pulse until they are roughly the size of panko bread crumbs. Transfer them to a large plate. Add the garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and salt to the cheez-its and mix using a fork.
- Crack 2 large eggs into a medium size bowl and whisk.
- Next, dip each chicken strip into the whisked egg and then dredge them in the Cheez-It crumbs. Set them on a plate.
- Spray the air fryer with cooking spray before placing the chicken strips in the basket. Drizzle ½ tablespoon of olive oil over the strips.
- Air fry at 400℉ for 4 minutes. Flip the chicken strips, drizzle with another ½ tablespoon of olive oil, and air fry for another 4 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Tips & Notes
- Oven instructions: heavily spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350℉, drizzle ½ tablespoon olive oil over the top bake for 8 minutes. Flip, drizzle with another ½ tablespoon of olive oil, and bake for an additional 7 minutes.
- Spice the recipe up by adding 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the cheez-it mixture.