**Update!! After sharing this recipe idea with my BFF/sister Katie, she chose to improve on the recipe by making chicken strips with 3 types of chip breading. They turned out better looking than my own recipe!! I hate to put her pictures above my own, but her chicken strips just look soooo much better than my chicken thighs. ENJOY!
The top chicken strip is Cool Ranch Doritos, which she HIGHLY recommends. The bottom is your go-to Doritos Nacho Cheese. She said that she first dipped them into ranch dressing, then the chip - breading, then into eggs, then back into the chips. The result, according to her? Extra super duper crispiness.
The below work of beauty is flaming hot cheetos breaded chicken strips. We both had concerns about how cheetos would turn out during the breading process, as I had Googled it and found that loads of people said that it turned to "mush". But my awesome sister, braver than me as always, decided to test it out by frying them. Instead of what I'd seen online, she found that these bad boys were super crispy and awesomely far from mushy. I still need to get her hubs input, as these were his request, but for the time being that chicken looks insanely good sitting on that plate.
Now, can we get back to my recipe, please... ??
Happy 4th! Since my fridge is still broken, we couldn't have the typical 4th of July meal, but I thought that (oven-) fried chicken would be almost as good. And OH! Oh boy, was this good.
And did I mention that it's baked, like in the oven, not fried?!
I don't even know how I came across a recipe for oven-fried chicken breaded in Doritos, but I did, and I am soooo thankful for it. We've had this bag of ranch flavored hot wing Doritos in the cabinet for awhile now, and it was starting to go stale. In my mind, all I could see was this gloriously spicy yet slightly cool ranchy flavored chicken, and I was determined to make this.
This chicken, oh my goodness. It came out so flavorful and so crispity, at least on the top. The bottom was a little...lacking. I seriously should invest in a wire rack type thing since I continue to make oven fried chicken at least 10,000 times more. OH! And did I mention how INCREDIBLY EASY this is?1
If you add some veggies into the pan like I did, they soak up some of the flavors that seep off of the chicken, and get all yummy and roasted as well. So seriously, this is like my favorite way to cook up frozen broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus...any kind of veggie seems to work really well.
Okay, here's how I made this glorious dish:
See that hot dog on the left?!?! Turns out we had one left in the freezer, and the hubs BEGGED for it to celebrate the 4th of July. I couldn't say no. And also, please, as always, note the bacon. BACON IS MY ONE TRUE LOVE.
Food is my absolute passion. The highlight of my day is when I get to cook, and especially eat. I'm super simple. I don't have crazy fancy ingredients. I just try to cook delicious, healthy (most of the time) meals for my mister and I.