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Cheesy Chicken Bites
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Cheesy Chicken Bites, chicken coated in Cheez-It Grooves, baked (not fried), and topped with even more intense cheese flavor with Cheez-It Crunch’D. Perfect for appetizers during your basketball festivities
I don’t know about you guys, but usually during this time of year I find myself eating a lot of appetizer type foods rather than actual meals. Probably because I, along with my family, spend a lot of time camped out in front of the television watching basketball.
I love basketball season. I have admitted time and again on here that sports are big in my house with my boys, but I rarely get to watch. Too many kids. Too many responsibilities. Too little time to devote to long game watching. But I do love basketball. It is definitely my favorite sport to watch on television. And it is fun to get in the spirit and root for my favorite teams, fill out a bracket, and celebrate with game-watching parties and food!
These are one of my favorites to serve because they have more heft than a lot of appetizers. You could even eat them for dinner, as they are a piece of chicken breast, cut into chunks, rolled in Cheez-It Grooves (which are made with real cheese), and baked to perfection.
When I went to Walmart to pick up the Cheez-It crackers for this recipe I was surprised by the huge variety offered. I had no idea there were so many flavors and varieties of Cheez-It! And I can’t decide which are my favorite. But I think I will have to keep testing them out so I can enter the Most Valuable Cheese Contest! Check it out: It runs from Feb-April 2015. Users can vote on their favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000. I know I could use $10,000, how about you?
Anyway, I bought my crackers, crushed them, coated my chicken, and baked it. I love using Cheez-Its because they are dedicated to using only 100% real cheese, which means you get tons of great flavor in every cracker!
Once they finished baking, I got them ready to be our game time appetizer by giving them a fun little something extra—I use a toothpick, and threaded a Cheez-It Crunch’D through it, and then put it in the chicken pieces. And I served them with a roasted poblano cheese sauce! They had crunch, real cheese flavor, and a creamy cheese sauce making for one extra delicious and totally cheesy snack!
When I was finished making the chicken, I thought it would be fun to recycle the box the crackers came in to make something really fun for game day. So I laid it out flat, cut it into a pendant shape, and let my kids decorate it with their favorite team colors, and player numbers!
- Lay box out flat
- Using a straight edge, draw your pendant triangle shape on the box, be sure to leave the one edge flap available to fold over.
- Cut out the triangle.
- Tape a pencil, dowel, or stick inside the crease, and then fold crease over.
- Tape along the edge to help hold pencil in place.
- Cut off the excess from the tab
- Paint, cover with paper, or leave as is for decorating
- Get creative and decorate in your favorite team colors, logos, etc.!
What fun things do you do for game day with your family?
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