Make a grown up version of chicken strips! My Garlic Cheddar Chicken Strips that the kids will still love! Easy weeknight dinner in less than an hour. Easy to make and taste delicious. Not your usual kids chicken strips. These are so tasty that even the adults will be begging you to make them for dinner this week!
GARLIC CHEDDAR CHICKEN STRIPS
With 5 busy kids, dinner time can be just one more “thing” I have to do as a mom. But, I feel like dinner time is one of the most important times for us to be together as a family. So we try to make it a priority at our house. Sometimes it is very rushed, but we try to get everyone seated together around the dinner table.
On those extra busy nights, it is nice to have a quick, and tasty meal option that the kids are not going to complain about. These Garlic Cheddar Chicken Strips are always a hit at our house because of their delicious flavor and crunch. Of course the kids love the Chicken Strips…but these are Chicken Strips that the adults can enjoy too without feeling like they are eating off of the “kids menu”.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER GARLIC CHEDDAR CHICKEN
These Garlic Cheddar Chicken Strips are also great as leftovers. To store place in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat in the air dryer or in the oven for best results.
CAN YOU FREEZE CHEDDAR CHICKEN STRIPS?
These can also be stored in the freezer for those nights when you don’t have as much time! You can make a double batch and freeze some for a later night. Simply pull out of the freezer and re-heat in the oven at 350 degrees covered with aluminum foil until hot and bubbly. Tastes just as fresh as the first time you baked them!
IS PANKO BETTER THAN DRIED BREAD CRUMBS?
Panko has a crispier texture that makes it perfect for crusting foods. If you’re looking to add a crispy crunch to your juicy chicken strips, I always prefer Panko over bread crumbs, which, while also crunchy, have more chewiness. If you don’t have access to Panko you can simply take your dry bread crumbs and toast them in the oven.
HOW TO TOAST DRY BREAD CRUMBS
IN THE OVEN
Place your bread crumbs on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and toss them with a little olive oil and salt. Spread them in an even layer, and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, tossing halfway. Watch them carefully cause they can burn quickly. They are ready when they’re golden brown and crisp.
IN THE MICROWAVE
Place your bread crumbs in a large bowl and microwave them for 25-30 seconds at a time, stirring each time. You will notice the crumbs start to turn golden after a couple of sessions in the microwave. Keep going until you have achieved golden brown perfection. This will take about two minutes total.
HOW TO COAT CHICKEN IN BREAD CRUMBS
One of the most difficult parts of this recipe is keeping the breadcrumbs from sliding off of your chicken strips. I have a tip that works like magic every time.
Dip each piece of chicken into the flour, first one side and then the other, and shake it to remove the excess. Repeat with the eggwash. Last, lay the chicken on the panko and press it gently to get the panko to adhere, then turn it over and repeat. Make sure it is well covered.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR BAKING
Here are some of the items that you may need for making these tasty chicken strips.
- 9×13 baking dish
- medium bowl
- measuring cups
- sauce pan
- garlic press
- parmesan rotary cheese grater
- shallow bowl for dipping strips
- hot pads
- hand towel
- meat tenderizer
- cooking spray
INGREDIENTS IN GARLIC CHEDDAR CHICKEN STRIPS
- cloves garlic, minced
- dry bread crumbs or Panko
- Parmesan cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- dried parsley
- dried oregano
- ground black pepper
- boneless chicken breast halves
HOW TO MAKE GARLIC CHEDDAR CHICKEN STRIPS
Sharing a step-by-step tutorial below:
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and saute the crushed cloves garlic until tender.
- Combine melted butter and cooked garlic.
- In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt.
- Cut Chicken Breast into strips (optional).
- Dip each chicken strip in the four and garlic butter to coat (see tip above), then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
- Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven until light golden brown, or until chicken is no longer pink.
HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING RECIPE
Garlic Cheddar Chicken Strips
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cloves garlic1 minced
- 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs2
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup flour for dipping chicken in
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and saute the garlic until tender.
Combine melted butter and cooked garlic.
In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt.
Cut Chicken Breast into strips (optional).
Dip each chicken strip in the garlic butter to coat, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven until light golden brown, or until chicken is no longer pink.
- I prefer to use fresh garlic, but you can also use garlic powder.
- While I typically use Panko breadcrumbs, any traditional bread crumbs will work.
GARLIC CHEDDAR CHICKEN STRIPS VIDEO TUTORIAL
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED CHICKEN RECIPES
There are so many delicious options to choose from. If you are having a difficult time figuring out what to serve with these delicious garlic cheddar chicken strips I am sharing a few of my favorites sides below:
- salads: Berry Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Apple Pecan Salad
- green beans
- roasted broccoli
- garlic mashed potatoes
- parmesan baked fries
- roasted asparagus
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