Cheese Cracker Crusted Chicken Recipe

Cheese Cracker Crusted Chicken

My 8 year old son loves to cook (and I am solidly behind teaching him anything that frees up extra time on my end) so I’ve been searching for recipes that he can make on his own. One of his favorite recipes to eat is a peanut crusted chicken so we made an easier alternative to that using crushed cheese crackers.

This recipe was super simple (my 8 year old made it on his own with minimal supervision) and it made a really tasty dinner that everyone in the family approved of. This would be great for lunch or heated for leftovers the next day.


  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 2 cups of cheese crackers
  • 3/4 cup of italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • 2 egg whites
  • Wheat germ (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400°.
Spray the bottom of a cookie sheet with olive oil spray or non-stick cooking spray.
Put the cheese crackers and breadcrumbs in a plastic baggie and seal the bag, locking in as little air as possible to prevent the bag from tearing. Crush the crackers by hand – this is a great job for even the youngest kids to help out with.
Cheese crackers in a plastic bag
The finer the crackers are crushed, the easier it will be to get them to stick to the chicken. If you want to add wheat germ, now is the time to do that as well. If you have picky eaters, sneak the wheat germ (or whatever else you think you can get away with) into the plastic bag.
Lay out two large bowls, one filled with egg white and one filled with the cracker/breadcrumb mixture.
chicken ready to be breaded
This is a good opportunity to remind your kids about good hand washing habits, especially since they’ll be working with raw meat. Show your child how to dip each piece of chicken, first into the egg white, then into the cracker/breadcrumb mixture. If you want a thicker breading, repeat.
Child breading chicken
Sprinkle the breaded chicken with salt if wanted. My kids didn’t notice the difference so I left it off. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
Serve with your dipping sauce of choice. :)
kid friendly food
Did you try this recipe? We’d love you to share what you thought of it with us in the comments below.



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    This looks delish! I have to get my kids to make it and try it one night. Would it be ok if I used this in our weekly newsletter? I love posting recipes, especially ones kids can do. You can check out my site at the link above and I publish the newsletter every Thursday.

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    Great idea! When I first met my husband, this was one of his favorite dishes to make himself, and for us. My mother in law had taught him to make it many years before. Nice to see the tradition lives on in other families! Maybe someday your son will make this for his new bride!

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    Easy recipes like this are great to make with your kids! I bet later down the road he’ll add this to one of his family potluck recipes, and it will remind him of the fun bonding experience he had with his mom :)

    What other types of ingredients could you crush up to make a crunchy topping?

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      We’ve done peanuts, cornflakes, pecans. Just about anything can be used with this method. I’d love to hear about it if you find a good combination.


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