Kid-Friendly Cheddar Crusted Baked Chicken Strips

This kid-friendly cheddar crusted baked chicken strips meal using is perfect for those busy back to school weeknights.  This is a sponsored post with compensation received from Annie’s.   As always, all opinions are my own.

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Is it me, or has this summer absolutely FLOWN by?  It seems like just yesterday, we were anxiously awaiting Carolina to arrive and, now, she’s already 4 weeks old and the kids will be starting school in less than 3 weeks again.  Huh?

Soon, we’ll be back to early wake-ups, 3pm school pick-ups, backpacks, homework, prepping lunches each night, and busy weeknight dinners.

With all this right around the corner, it’s time I start planning so it all doesn’t come as such a shock when it’s here.

What will we make for lunches?

What snacks should we have on hand for the kiddos to easily grab?

What easy weeknight dinners can we have ready to go?

Anything nutritious I can prep ahead or have ready to grab will make the transition from summer to back to school that much smoother and successful.

Food processor filled with Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies, ready to process Food processor with roughly processed Annie’s Homegrown organic cheddar bunnies, ready to crust the chicken strips

When I can’t get to making everything from scratch on those busy weeknights, I have some go-to products that are both family-approved and still full of goodness, like Annie’s Homegrown sauces and dressings.  This makes those busy weeknights easier and less stressful.

The kiddos love Annie’s cheddar bunnies so we make a fun coating for chicken strips that is super easy and kid-friendly and uses the cheddar bunnies for a crunchy coating. Not only does the coating add flavor and texture to the baked chicken strips, it also is fun for the kids to make.

Bowl of processed cheddar bunnies, beaten eggs with sea salt and black pepper, and rimmed baking sheet with cheddar crusted chicken strips, ready to bake

Are Baked Chicken Strips Healthy?

Unfortunately, a lot of chicken strips aren’t the best for you or your kids, especially when ordered at restaurants.  When ordered out or purchased from the frozen section, they’re often heavily coated in highly processed batters and then deep fried.

The way to make them much better for you is to bake them, instead of fry them.  That way, you can avoid all the oils, but still have a yummy crunchy coating.  Another option is to pan-fry them with less oil than you would use to deep-fry them, though oven-baked chicken strips are the best choice for a healthy option.

Various items of Annie’s Homegrown purchased at Whole Foods Market, including ketchup, organic cheddar bunnies, yellow mustard, and ranch dressing Close up photo of child's plate filled with cheddar-crusted chicken strips, carrot sticks, snap peas, and Annie’s Homegrown ranch dressing for a dip

Tips For How To Get Your Kids To Eat Chicken

If you have trouble getting your kids to eat chicken (or any protein, for that matter), I’ve found a few things that work really well.  Here are some tips on getting your kids to enjoy chicken:

  • Coat the chicken strips in a flavor or texture your child enjoys.  For example, if they love almonds or these cheddar bunnies, crush them up and coat the chicken with them to make it more enjoyable for your kiddo.
  • Have fun flavors and dips for your child to make it more fun.  We are big on dips in our house. Adding in ketchup, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, and ranch dips makes the experience more fun and enjoyable.
  • Involve your child in the process of planning out the meal and then also with the cooking.  The more invested they get beforehand, the more they’ll enjoy the meal once it’s time to eat.

Two kid-friendly plates filled with cheddar-crusted chicken strips, carrot sticks, snap peas, and Annie’s Homegrown ranch dressing for a dip next to bowl with honey mustard dipping sauce for the chicken strips

If your or your kids love Annie’s cheddar bunnies, too, you can grab them and other Annie’s products at Whole Foods right now with their special offer of spend $15 at Whole Foods on Annie’s products & save $5 (valid through 8/22/17)*. Good luck with the back to school rush!

5 from 2 votes
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Kid-Friendly Cheddar Baked Crusted Chicken Strips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These kid-friendly cheddar crusted baked chicken strips are an easy, kid-friendly meal for those busy back to school weeknights.

Categories: Chicken, Dinner, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Kid-Friendly
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: chicken breast recipes for kids, chicken recipes for kids, kid friendly chicken recipes
Servings: 10 strips
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For The Baked Chicken Strips
For The Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
For The Meal:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies with sea salt and black pepper.  Process until almost fully broken down, but not yet a powder.  The texture should look like course breadcrumbs.

  3. Transfer the cheddar bunny coating to a shallow dish and set aside.

  4. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1 tsp. olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.

  5. Starting with the egg mixture, dip the chicken slices until fully coated. Then give them a little shake to let any extra egg drip off.

  6. Transfer to the seasoned coating and gently toss until the chicken strip is completely coated.

  7. Transfer the chicken strip to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken, allowing some space in between the chicken strips for even baking.

  8. Place in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle and the coating is golden.

  9. While the strips are baking, in a small bowl, combine the plain Greek yogurt, Annie's Homegrown yellow mustard, honey, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Whisk until very smooth.

Recipe Notes

* If you don't own a food processor, you can add the cheddar bunnies into a large ziplock bag, seal it, and gently crush the crackers using a rolling pin, mallet, or heavy-bottomed glass.

Nutrition Facts
Kid-Friendly Cheddar Baked Crusted Chicken Strips
Amount Per Serving (2 strips)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Cholesterol 76.9mg26%
Sodium 1053mg44%
Carbohydrates 1.7g1%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 13.7g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post contains affiliate links for products I use regularly and highly recommend.

This is a sponsored post with compensation received from Annie’s. As always, all opinions are my own.

*Offer valid 7/26/17 – 8/22/17 or while supplies last. $15 worth of participating Annie’s products must be purchased in a single transaction at Whole Foods in-store to receive $5 discount instantly at checkout. Discount may not be combined with other offers or discounts. Net purchase determined after all discounts, offers and coupons. No rain checks.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

2 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Cheddar Crusted Baked Chicken Strips

  1. 5 stars
    Our 4 year old twin boys are picky eaters but loved these!!! We substituted the cheddar crackers with rainbow goldfish…they thought that was hilarious! Thank you for a simple and fun recipe.

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