Tortilla Crusted Taco Chicken Recipe

Yields: 4 Servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thinly sliced or pounded to even thickness)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips (plain or flavored)

For cooking

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil)

Toppings (optional)

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado slices or guacamole
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped cilantro

Instructions

1. Prep the chicken

  • If chicken breasts are thick, slice them in half lengthwise or pound to an even thickness (about 1/4 – 1/2 inch).
  • Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Prepare the breading stations

  • Dish 1: Combine flour, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and cumin (if using).
  • Dish 2: Beat the eggs in a shallow dish.
  • Dish 3: Place crushed tortilla chips in another shallow dish.

3. Coat the chicken

  • Working with one piece of chicken at a time:
  • Dredge in the flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Dip in the beaten egg, coating evenly.
  • Thoroughly coat with the crushed tortilla chips, pressing gently to adhere.

4. Cook the chicken

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the chicken in batches for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F/74°C).
  • Optionally, transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet and bake for a final 5-10 minutes until fully cooked and crispy.

5. Assemble and serve

  • Warm your preferred taco shells (if using).
  • Add the cooked chicken to the tortillas.
  • Top with your favorite toppings like cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, and cilantro.

Tips

Adjust the spices: Customize the spice mix to your liking. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat or other seasonings you enjoy.

Flavorful chips: Use flavored tortilla chips (like nacho cheese or ranch) for an extra flavor boost.

Baking option: For a lighter version, bake the chicken from the start instead of pan-frying. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425°F (220°C) or until cooked through.

Enjoy your delicious and crunchy tortilla-crusted taco chicken!

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