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Cap’n Crunch + 5 Other Cereals Used For Breading Chicken

Townsquare Media, John Riggs
I'm a big fan of breakfast cereal any time of day. I like all kinds, too, from the super sugary ones to the extremely healthy ones. One of the best ideas I ever heard was that Planet Hollywood sells chicken strips that are breaded with ground Cap'n Crunch. Using this idea, I was wondering if other cereals would be as good as Cap'n Crunch is. I used a basic fried chicken strip recipe with various breakfast cereals (recipe at the bottom) to see if there was anything else worth trying.


Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Cap'n Crunch

 
 

The one that started it all for me. The crunchness and super sweetness translates to using Cap'n Crunch as the primary cereal you want to use as breading chicken, whether it's chicken strips or even chicken sections. The kids will love it and it'll spark their imagination to use cereal in a non-conventional method.

 
Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

 
 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch worked better than expected. I thought it would fry the cinnamon flavor completely out but it stuck around just enough to give it a very, festive-like sweet cinnamon flavor. It had a nice, light crunchy texture. Not a bad choice.

 
Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Coco Puffs

 
 

I'll be honest with you, this was way better than I thought it would be. Chocolate with chicken, it's like a white-trash molé. A bit of that crunch held on through the frying process. I was presently surprised by the light, sweet, slightly chocolaty flavor.

 
Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Lucky Charms

 
 

I expected nothing by using Lucky Charms, I only did it for fun. The ground Lucky Charms featured an off green color that would have the creative team at Crayola scratching their heads. Believe it or not, it wasn't bad. It wasn't that great, but it was edible considering I thought it would be nasty. Why did I bother making it if I thought it'd be nasty? For fun. And it was. The dehydrated marshmallows kept the sweetness while they Celtic oats stays crunchy enough to give the chicken strips a bit of texture.

 
Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Fruity Pebbles

 
 

Another cereal I wanted to use just for fun. Definitely the most color of the chicken strips I tried - it looked like a failed fruit cake. Unfortunately, frying this bad boy zapped the fruity flavor out of it. This was all texture, no flavor. Now that I think of it, it was probably for the best. Fruity Pebble flavored chicken strips may be too weird - even for me.

 
Townsquare Media, John Riggs
Townsquare Media, John Riggs

Grape Nuts

 
 

Oddly enough, I had the highest hopes for this one and it failed miserably. I had a love/hate relationship with Grape Nuts. I think I like them until I eat them. Then, after they multiply in milk and I force myself to keep eating these uber-crunchy balls of grain I give up on them for about 5 years. I happen to have some because they're available with WIC so I thought I'd give it a shot. Super, super crunchy but the flavor wasn't where I thought it should've been. More odd, get this, it tastes better when it's cold.

 

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