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Easy Crunchy Mexican Chicken
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Easy Crunchy Mexican Chicken

This Easy Crunchy Mexican Chicken recipe uses only a few ingredients and is delicious! Takes no time at all to prepare is a perfect fast weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless,
  • 2 tablespoons Taco seasoning (as shown below) or chili powder (as a quick substitute)
  • 3 cups crispy fried onions, approximately, depending on chicken breast size
  • 2 large eggs, beaten or melted butter or mayonnaise
  • ½ cup shredded cheese, we use a Mexican blend when possible, more or less to taste
  • cooking spray

Taco Seasoning (2 tablespoons total)

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin, ground

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil with its rack coated in cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • If making your own Taco seasoning, use 2 tablespoons. Combine all of the spices in large resealable bag and set aside. If using chili powder instead, put that into a large resealable bag. 
  • Add crispy fried onions to the resealable bag. Lightly crush with a rolling pin or use your fingers. Make sure the seasoning is distributed as evenly as possible. Pour onto a large plate and set aside. 
  • Decide whether you're making strips or whole chicken breasts. If making strips cut chicken breasts into 3 or 4 strips lengthwise. The total number of strips you have will vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Set chicken aside. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. Set aside. 
  • Dip chicken or chicken strips into egg mixture; then press into the onion/seasoning mixture. Place chicken on baking sheet. 
  • For strips, bake for about 25 minutes, For whole breasts, bake 35-40 minutes. The chicken is ready when juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink. 
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Return to oven to melt the cheese or allow cheese to melt while chicken rests for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!