Microwave Chex Mix

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Crunchy, flavorful, and oh-so-easy to make, this microwave Chex mix recipe is the perfect year-round party snack.

Microwave Chex Mix

Did you know? The original Chex mix recipe was introduced in 1955 by Chex Cereals as a means of boosting the cereal’s popularity amid the growing market of sugar-sweetened kid’s cereals. It was an instant hit and variations have been party favorites ever since!

Personally, I cannot be left alone in the house with this original Chex party mix! I love this stuff! There are tons of Chex mix recipes available, but today I’m bringing you Grandmama’s because it is the quickest, easiest, and has the least amount of mess involved. We tend to think of Chex mix around the holidays and football season but I think this delicious snack deserves to be made year-round! 

Now, as the title suggests, my microwave Chex mix recipe includes melting our flavorful base (seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, and butter) in the microwave. Then all we need to do is toss in the Chex cereal and mixed nuts, microwave it for a few more minutes, and then you have yourself a delicious bowl of Chex mix.

I told you this was an easy Chex mix recipe! If you’re in more of a sweet mood, check out my sweet Chex mix recipe here. But either way, I hope you make a big bowl of this soon and enjoy every last bite!

Grandmama's Microwave Chex Mix Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mixed nuts
  • Unsalted butter
  • Two different kinds of Chex cereal (whatever cranks yer tractor).

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How to Make Microwave Chex Mix

Microwave butter, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce in mixing bowl.

Place butter, Lawry salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl.

Microwave that until melted and then stir it up a bit.

While it is microwaving do a little dance while singing at the top of your lungs just to embarrass your children.  

Stir in nuts.

Stir in nuts.

Stir in the Chex cereal.

Stir in the Chex cereal.

Microwave Chex mix ingredients in bowl.

Microwave this for two minutes. Stir. Microwave for two minutes more. Stir. Two more minutes – EAT!

Note: if you have a super high-powered microwave, it may only need one minute rather than two in that last cycle. 

Another note: The cereal mix will be soft until it cools and then it will be nice and crunchy. But if you can’t wait, feel free to dig in immediately! I’m certainly not gonna stop ya because I’ll be right there with you!

Bowl of Microwave Chex Mix

Somebody hand me the easy button because we’re done!


  • When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the Chex mix should last for up to 2 weeks. But this Nibble Mix never lasts that long in my household!
  • Alternatively, you can freeze the cooked Chex mix for up to 4 months. Let it come to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Now, you can use any mix-ins you like. Here are some suggestions, but adjust the ratios according to your preference. For example, double the nuts or swap some of the cereal for pretzels. As I say, do whatever cranks your tractor, there are no rules:
    • Use a combination of wheat Chex, corn Chex, and rice Chex.
    • Use any type of nut, like just peanuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios.
    • Add something extra: bite-sized pretzels (or pretzel sticks), mini bagel chips, Goldfish crackers, cheddar crackers, garlic rye chips, or corn chips. 
  • If you want it to cool more quickly, spread the mix out on a parchment paper or paper towel-lined plate. You want it to cool completely before you store it.
  • For extra flavor, you can copy other microwave Chex mix recipes and do 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
  • Some other seasonings you can use instead of Lawry salt are ranch dressing mix and onion soup mix.
  • For a little kick, add cayenne pepper to taste (I’d start with a dash).

Recipe FAQs

The key is to not use too much liquid, otherwise, like your big bowl of cereal in the morning, the Chex will get soggy. But just use the exact amount of ingredients listed below and you shouldn’t have a problem.

The original Chex party mix seasoning is made of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoned salt.

Does Chex mix crisp up as cooling?

Yes, you’ll find the Chex cereal gets crispier once it cools.

Can I make this microwave Chex mix recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! What you can do is prepare it up to a week in advance and then store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Then let it come to room temperature before serving. If you want to reheat it, you can easily do so in the microwave, but it tastes just as good at room temperature.

How do you make gluten-free Chex mix?

First, double-check that the seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free, but most varieties are. Then simply use rice or corn Chex, as they’re naturally gluten-free. Easy-peasy!

Should I refrigerate homemade Chex mix?

No, there’s no need to store Chex mix in the fridge. When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, it will last for up to 2 weeks.

Check out these other scrumptious snack recipes:

Honey Ramen Snack Mix

Boiled Peanuts

Holiday Popcorn Crunch

Candied Peanuts (2 Ingredients Only)

Golden Grahams Treats

Candied Pecans Recipe

Grandmama's Microwave Chex Mix

Microwave Chex Mix

Crunchy, flavorful, and oh-so-easy to make, this microwave Chex mix recipe is the perfect year-round party snack.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cereal, mix
Servings: 4
Calories: 424kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 cups assorted Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts


  • Place butter, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave just until melted.
    1/2 cup butter, 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Stir in nuts and then cereal.
    8 cups assorted Chex cereal, 1 cup mixed nuts
  • Microwave for two minutes. Stir. Microwave for two minutes more. Stir. Microwave a final two minutes, stir, and eat!
  • Will be soft until it cools and then will be nice and crunchy.


Note: if you have a super high-powered microwave, it may only need one minute rather than two in that last cycle.


Calories: 424kcal
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  1. Christy, I always add a good healthy dash of red pepper to the recipe. It gives it a good “bite”, but always keep two different bowls because a lot of people do not like the heat. :). Just keep the things coming.

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  2. Christy I have a recipe for Chex mix as all Southern girls do BUT it not as easy as yours so off, again, to the store for Chex cereal. Love your posts and your down to earth “chats”.

  3. Yes – it is addictive! But it definitely needs to age a day. I also do mine in the microwave but use 3 kinds of Chex plus add in pretzels. And I do it in my 9×13 Pyrex pan, seems to be easier to distrubute the seasonings that way. I love Costco – they actually package all 3 cereals (rice, corn and wheat) in a box. That and their big container of mixed nuts makes it easy to make multiple batches, which are needed since it is so darn addicting.

  4. Oh NO!!!!! Two minute Chex Mix! My legs are already rubbing together when I walk! I looooooooooove Chex mix. It is my “drug of choice” around the holidays. I will be giving this recipe a try tonight. Thanks Christy!

  5. This is how I do mine, but I use Crispix cereal instead of Chex… easier, cheaper (esp if you have a coupon) and delish. 🙂

    I use a bit less Marge, toss in some lemon juice, and I use garlic powder and onion powder instead of Season All (I’ve never even tried Season All before… need to get on that.).

    Sometimes I throw in a few Cheez-Its (the Duoz are really good), too.

    And I agree that it’s so dangerously addicting. I’ve been known to eat it 3-meals-a-day. *BLUSH*

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