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Every March, my husband and I fill out the brackets and place a little friendly bet. I’m not going to go into who’s won in the past years because it’s something I don’t really want to talk about. What can I say? I like to pick my winning college basketball teams based on mascots not stats. Hey, at least, I’m honest right.

We have never really thrown parties for the big tournament but I can tell you that there’s a lot of watching going on. Sometimes friends and family stop over which means we need to have snacks on hand. Of course, I could put some snacks in a bowl and call it a day. Or I could take it up a notch.

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If you know me by now, you know I always decide to take it up a notch. These Baked Cheezy Chicken Nuggets are beyond simple to make and are pefect for snacking while watching the game.

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You’ll need:

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Start by cleaning your chicken tenderloins and cutting them into bite size nugget pieces.

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Next, take 2 cups of Cheez-It Crunch’d and crush in a food processor (you could also use a mallet).

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Now that you have your Cheez-It Crunch’d breading, you are ready to coat your nuggets.

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Coat your chicken in flour…

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…dip in the egg mixture and then dip into the Cheez-It Crunch’d breading.

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Place onto baking sheet and bakes at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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While your nuggets are cooking, you need to whip up some dip for your Cheezy Chicken Nuggets!

homemade ranch dip

For the dip, you will need:

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  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • sour cream

Mix all of your spices together in a bowl. Place in a ziploc bag or jar for use later.

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To make the dip, mix 1 tablespoon of the dry mix with 1 cup of sour cream.

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Dip your nuggets into this creamy ranch dip!

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Baked Cheezy Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

Cheezy Chicken Nuggets

  • chicken tenderloins
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups Cheez-It Crunch'd, crushed

Homemade Ranch Dip

  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • sour cream

Instructions

Cheezy Chicken Nuggets

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean chicken tenderloins and cut into bite size nugget pieces.
  3. Crush 2 cups of Cheez-It Crunch'd in food processor to make breading.
  4. Coat chicken in flour, dip into the beaten eggs, and then bread with Cheez-It Crunch'd breading.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Homemade Ranch Dip

  1. Mix all of your spices together in a bowl. Place in a ziploc bag or jar for use later.
  2. To make the dip, mix 1 tablespoon of the dry mix with 1 cup of sour cream.

 

What is your favorite Cheez-It flavor? Have you ever used Cheez-Its in a recipe?

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