Cheez-It Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 servings Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 45 minutes February 21, 2017

These baked chicken tenders are moist and whimsical, due to a crispy coating of crushed Cheez-It crackers, making them the perfect weeknight meal for kids.

Recipe from Trisha Yearwood.


  • 3 cups (7 oz.) cheese crackers, such as Cheez-Its, ground into crumbs
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound chicken tenders

Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425ยบ. Line a cookie sheet with foil, then place a wire rack on top.

Mix the cracker crumbs and Parmesan together in a large bowl. In a shallow dish, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar and some salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the chicken tenders with a little salt and pepper and then place them, one by one, in the mayonnaise mixture. Scrape off excess mayonnaise and then roll the tenders in the crumb mixture to coat. As you go, place the coated tenders on the wire rack.

Bake until cooked through and golden brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on the rack for 5 minutes.

Dijon Dipping Sauce

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, mayonnaise, honey, cayenne and some salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and lump free.

Transfer the chicken tenders to a serving platter. Serve with the Dijon sauce.

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