On my never ending search for new and easy recipes to make for dinner, chicken seems to be an easy staple that can be made so many ways. I also love that The Fresh Market will quite often have it on sale for $2.99/lb. for their Tuesday specials. This Santa Fe Chicken is a yummy way to change it up every once in a while. The chicken is crusted with tortilla chips to give it a nice crunch. We had some Food Should Taste Good sweet potato tortilla chips on hand. This gave our chicken a unique sweet flavor. They have a lime flavor tortilla chip that I bet would be awesome as well.
Santa Fe Chicken
by Love Bug Living
1 lb chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup flour
2 cups crushed tortilla chips (your favorite flavor)
1 cup Monterey jack or sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound out chicken until it is about 1/4 inch thick, or you could cut thick breasts in half. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Whisk egg in a shallow bowl. Place flour and any other desired seasonings in another shallow bowl. The crushed tortilla chips should be in a third bowl. Dip your chicken in the flour mixture. Dip in the egg mixture and then coat with the crushed tortilla chips. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oven and top chicken with diced avocado and cheese. Return to oven until cheese is melted, about five minutes.
You could also add rinsed and drained canned black beans along with the avocado. I served this Santa Fe Chicken with a side of black beans and rice, so I skipped topping it with the beans this time. Serve with your favorite side tonight.