Spicy Cheetos Crusted Chicken

Although the food holidays involving peanut butter are on the top of my list, today being National Cheese Doodle day entertained me enough to create something in order to properly celebrate. I’m sorry if it grosses anyone out but I was really excited about this dish. I purposely do not purchase Cheetos because I know I cannot resist them. It’s like the old slogan for Pringles -“Once you pop, you can’t stop”. Of course rather than grabbing the smaller bag, providing the exact amount needed, I let Brent talk me into getting the full size bag. I ended up munching on several handfuls while cooking dinner. Every time I told myself “just one more” I’d catch myself staring at the open bag, beckoning. Even sealing it up and putting it out of sight didn’t work. I should just give in and become one with the couch as I annihilate the rest of the bag, and watch a movie. Sounds like a pretty fabulous evening to me.

And if this dish isn’t cheesy enough for you already, you will see that I served it with cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots in a cheese sauce. What goes better with cheese than more cheese? Hard to argue with that. Besides, one is powdered and the other is creamy. Texture is important too!

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cups Cheetos (crunchy), processed down to 1 cup

3 Tbsp breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking pan with nonstick spray, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ground Cheetos, breadcrumbs, and chili powder. In another bowl, place the egg.
  3. Dip each chicken breast into the egg, allowing the excess to drip off, then coat both sides in the Cheetos mixture.
  4. Place chicken breasts in the prepared pan in a single layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

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