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This Bakes Doritos Crusted Chicken is crunchy on the outside and juicy inside with a slight kick of heat and tons of wonderful flavor from different spices, not to mention it was coated with Doritos chips, how nice is that?
Chicken is so far my favorite kind of meat to prepare. It’s pretty flexible, often simple to prepare, quick to cook, budget friendly and it’s delicious however way you cook it(just make sure to season it well). They’re perfect for all types of cooking method from drying, searing, poaching, baking, roasting and grilling, it’s just so flexible that way. For this recipe, we’re baking this chicken breast, although it’s tempting to deep fry it I always prefer to avoid deep-frying my goods (if possible). Baked chicken when cooked properly can taste even better than fried, it’s not oily and greasy as it’s a healthier cooking option.
A New Twist
Instead of doing the regular chicken coating (egg & flour) we are going to add a twist to our coating by using a combination of Panko bread crumbs and Doritos chips. Yea, that’s right it’s not a mistake, we are really using Doritos chips as the final coating of this chicken. I used Jalapeño Doritos because I always like mine extra spicy but you can use any flavor that you like. You can even use other kind of crispy chips or even corn flakes cereals which is fantastic too. Using chips or cereals as a final coating gave a nice crunch to this chicken and it enhances the flavour because the chips are as it is flavoured already. Since we are not frying this, were somehow relying to the crunchiness of the chips for the crispy texture of the chicken.
One very important note, please season the chicken well and also the coating. The last thing that you want is a bland chicken which will ruin everything. This chicken is slightly hot, for me it’s just right. But if you really cannot tolerate the slightest heat, simply reduce the peppers as maybe add more herbs and spices. It’s not a strict one, you can throw in some dried basil, oregano, thyme , rosemary etc.
Last but not the least, remember that the thicker the chicken the longer time needed to cook it. I had mine slice slightly thin about 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick and it took about 30 – 35 minutes at 375F. If you’re not slicing your chicken and using the chicken breast whole, the coating will start to brown even before the chicken cooks. For this case, cover the top with aluminum foil and remove it 5 minutes before turning off the oven. This will prevent it from browning too much and still give a crunchy coating.
- 2 large boneless chicken breast
- 3 tbsp mustard
- 1 tsp salt (I used fine salt)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp paprika pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 1/4 garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (or a combination of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (Japenese bread crumbs)
- 1 cup Doritos crushed + 2 tbsp panko bread crumbs (Japenese bread crumbs)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp paprika – on top
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning on top
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
- Prepare Spices Mix: In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, paprika, chili flakes, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Mix to combine.
- Prepare the Chicken: Slice the chicken into 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick the brush with mustard. I used honey mustard for this recipe, you can use plain or any other flavor. Generously sprinkle with the 1/4 of the spices mix. Set aside the remaining for the coating mixture.
- Prepare Doritos Mixture: Crush 1 cup of Doritos chips, any flavor will do. I used my mini food chopper, you can also do this manually by using a ziplock sandwich bag. Put all the chip in a plastic bag and crush using a rolling-pin or bottom of a bottle. Add 2 tbsp of panko bread crumbs and mix until combined. Transfer in a wide bowl.
- Prepare Flour Mixture: In a separate bowl, add all-purpose flour, panko bread crumbs and the remaining spices mix. Mix until combine.
- Coat the Chicken: In a separate bowl, add beaten eggs. Second bowl the flour mixture and 3rd bowl the Doritos mixture. Coat the chicken with flour mixture, then dip the chicken in egg mixture. Pick up the chicken and let the excess egg to drip then roll it in the Doritos mixture.
- Bake: Arrange the chicken in a baking sheet the sprinkle top with paprika and Italian seasoning. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Please note that the thicker and larger the chicken pieces, the longer the baking time. Adjust as needed. If the chicken is not yet cooked through and the coating starts to brown, cover the top with aluminum foil to prevent burning the coating.
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