Here's a quick and easy recipe from Southern Living magazine with a few adjustments of my own; it is a nice alternative to your weeknight chicken dinner. This crispy chicken needs a wet element to serve it with; Southern Living serves it with Pineapple-Kiwi Salsa; in my family we prefer a generous amount of store-bought picante sauce instead.
This would also be a good option to serve at your cocktail parties as a warm appetizer with the same picante sauce on the side to dip it in; just use chicken tenders, or chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces.
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 4 chicken breasts or 1 lb. chicken tenders
- Ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups tortilla chips, crushed (Recommended brand: Mission)
- Picante sauce, for serving (Recommended brand: Pace)
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray it with no-stick cooking spray, or brush with some vegetable oil.
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Stir together flour, oregano, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder on a plate. Beat eggs in a shallow container until just foamy. Put the crushed tortilla chips on a plate. Build an assembly line on the counter: 1) Flour mixture, 2) Eggs, 3) Tortilla chips.
- Dredge chicken first in flour mixture, shake off excess; then dip in egg mixture; then dredge in crushed tortilla chips; try to make sure that both sides of the chicken pieces are coated with chips as evenly as possible. Arrange chicken on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown, turning once after 12 minutes. Serve with picante sauce.
- To crush the tortilla chips, put them in a plastic (Ziploc) bag and crush them with your hands or with a meat pounder or a rolling pin. Do not crush them into tiny pieces; you need the chips to remain as flakes.
- If you want to use fresh garlic i/o garlic powder, mince 2 cloves of garlic and stir it into the eggs.