Happy Friday! I spent most of last night making a cheesecake. But that’s OK because the weekend is just around the corner and I can repay some of my sleep debt then.
We had this crispy cheddar baked chicken this week, and even though it seems like there are a lot of steps, it’s relatively quick and easy to throw together.
I have a certain soft spot for recipes that don’t require me to stand over a stove, also.
This dish — adapted from Happy Life, Happy Wife — uses the traditional flour and egg dipping for chicken, but the final coat of “breading” is a combination of Rice Krispies cereal, Shake ‘n Bake Extra Crispy seasoning and cheddar cheese, which makes the chicken crispy and cheesy — two things I love in life.
I started by preparing my assembly line.
In the first bowl, I combined flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Then I whisked together an egg and some milk.
And finally, the delicious part: Rice Krispies cereal, shredded cheddar cheese and a pouch of Shake ‘n Bake Extra Crispy seasoning.
I dredged each of my boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the flour, dipped it in the egg mixture and then pressed it into the Rice Krispies mixture, heavily coating both sides. All the chicken thighs went into an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish, in which I had previously melted butter.
This dish baked in the oven for about 45 minutes, until the outside was slightly brown the cheese had melted and the chicken was cooked through. (With dark meat, like chicken thighs, it’s a little harder to see if the chicken is cooked through, but cut into the thickest part of a piece and focus in on the texture of the chicken. If it’s still rubbery, it needs to go back in the oven for a few more minutes.)
CRISPY CHEDDAR BAKED CHICKEN (adapted from Happy Life, Happy Wife):
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pouch Shake ‘n Bake Extra Crispy seasoning
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Preheat the oven at 375 degrees. Melt butter in microwave-safe 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish.
Create a chicken assembly lines with three separate bowls. In the first bowl, stir together the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. In the second bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. In the final bowl, combine the cheese, Shake ‘n Bake and cereal.
Dredge each chicken thigh in the flour, then dip in the egg and then press it in the cereal. Don’t be afraid to really press the cereal mixture into both sides of the chicken. Transfer the chicken into the baking dish.
When all chicken is coated, bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken.
Printable recipe here.