Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken with Avocado Ranch Sauce
This recipe was a little labor intensive, but was really good. I especially loved the avocado ranch sauce! I’m going to try the sauce as a dressing on a taco salad.
You could make it lower carb by leaving out the chips and just using the cheese, mayo and spices on the chicken. Next time I think I’ll double the recipe and freeze the extras…two meals for one prep time! 🙂
Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken with Avocado Ranch
Adapted from Bacon, Butter, Cheese and Garlic
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
One 12-ounce bag tortilla chips
4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1 C mayonnaise
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T cumin
1/2 T chili powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
FOR THE SAUCE:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Put about half of the bag of chips into the food processor and blend. You should have 2-3 C crushed chips. (Reserve the rest of the bag in case you don’t have enough.) Mix the shredded cheese and the crushed chips together.
Whisk together the mayo, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and lime juice. Dredge the chicken breasts into the mayo and then into the chip mixture, pressing down to make sure it’s all coated. (Here’s where you may need to grind extra chips for coating if you run out.) When all the chicken is coated, put it in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is done all the way through and the chips are crispy.
Blend the sauce ingredients together in a food processor and serve over the chicken.