Sunday, August 8, 2010

Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Dip

So the Baking Beauties are no longer baking. Sort of makes the title of this blog a little odd, but I'll get over it. We've moved on to the wonderful cookbook "Bite Me". I don't know how I'm going to stop myself from cooking from this every day. All the recipes look ah-maze-ing.

This week's challenge is "Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Dip".

I only used two chicken breasts, since there are only two of us and not six. I only halved the rest of the recipe though, since it's a little easier on my brain.

Marinade tasted good all by itself. It would have made a lovely chip dip.

While that was marinating I made the breading. Since I don't have a proper food processor this is how I crush the tortilla chips.

This is the first breading I've ever done that involved jalapenos and cheddar. I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. However, I did feel a little weird doing this:

When this was looking at me from the window:

I didn't want to improvise too much on the first recipe, so jarred peppers it was. Here are all the ingredients together for the breading:

That previously mentioned lack of a proper food processor? Became a bit of a problem when the instructions for the avocado dip include the words "food processor". I have this little hand held one, and it mostly did the trick. We just had a few giant chunks of avocado within the dip. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

Finished result:

I loved it, and so did Craig. It did have many of his favourite things in it: jalapeƱos, nacho chips & cheese.

Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Dip
adapted from Bite Me

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3/4 c sour cream
1 T brown sugar
1 t chili powder
1/2 t chopped fresh thyme
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t fresh ground black epper
1/4 t garlic powder
1 c Panko bread crumbs
1 c crushed tortilla chips
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c jarred jalapeƱo peppers, dried off and chopped

Avocado Dip
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/2 c sour cream
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
2 T fresh lime juice
1/4 t ground cumin
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper

1. Pound chicken breasts to even thickness, about 1/2 inch thick
2. In a large cowl combine sour cream, brown sugar, chili powder, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken, toss to coat, cover and marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
4. In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients (minus the avocado dip). remove chicken from marinade and coat each piece with the breading mixture, pressing down so that it coats each piece well. Place on baking sheet and bake 20-23 minutes.
5. For the avocado dip combine the listed ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Serve alongside chicken.

Serves two, albeit with a lot of extra dip.


  1. Looks good girl!
    Hey - didn't you "bake" the chicken? So there, the blog title is still appropriate.
    I used my blender for the dip as I still have yet to unpack my food processor from a box in my basement.

  2. This is true, but it's the "Julia" part I was thinking seems weird. :)
    Blender! Smart. Though I think I have like a $20 President's Choice blender, so it's not the greatest tool.
    I seriously might be using this cookbook all the time, even without your biweekly projects. All the recipes look SO good.

  3. I am making this even if Weight Watchers says one serving is more points than I get to eat for the entire day.

  4. Can I borrow your camera? Love the pics! Looks so professional!