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Blue Corn Tortilla Crusted Chicken With South

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Blue Corn Tortilla Crusted Chicken with South
2008-07-25 Main Dish
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Spicy fried chicken with a crunchy coating made of blue corn tortilla chips, served with a black bean, corn and tomato salsa.

  • Servings: 4


8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
12 oz Jalapeno Jack Cheese, shredded
1½ cups Flour
2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
⅓ cup Water
2 cups Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, crushed, extra for garnish
¼ cup Peanut Oil
Cilantro Leaves, for garnish
Southwestern Spice Blend:
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
Southwestern Salsa:
1 cup Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup Canned Whole Kernel Corn
(drained & Rinsed)
1 Diced Tomato
1 Finely Minced Serrano Chile, seeds and veins removed
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Cilantro
Salt & Pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Set chicken, smooth side down, on work surface and season inside of thighs with salt and pepper and Southwestern Spice Blend.

Place 1/8 of jalapeno jack cheese on top each thigh.

Fold sides of thighs over filling to enclose it and tie each thigh closed in 2-3 places with kitchen string. Season outside of thighs with salt and pepper.

Set out three shallow dishes.

Fill the 1st with flour and remaining Southwestern Spice Blend and mix well.

Fill the 2nd with eggs and water and mix well.

Fill the 3rd with blue corn tortilla chips.

Dredge chicken in flour spice mixture and shake off excess.

Then dip chicken in the eggs and shake off excess.

Lastly place chicken in blue corn tortilla chips and coat thoroughly. Press so mixture sticks to chicken. Repeat for each piece of chicken.

Add peanut oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When oil is hot, add chicken (in batches) and pan fry on each side, about 4 minutes a side, until chicken is golden brown and remove from heat.

Transfer chicken to a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through then remove from oven.

Remove string from chicken thighs. Place Southwestern Salsa in the middle of each plate and place two chicken thighs on each side of the salsa. Garnish with cilantro leaves and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

Southwestern Spice Blend:

Combine ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and ground cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl and mix well to combine.

Southwestern Salsa:

Combine canned black beans, canned whole kernel corn, tomato, serrano chile, white wine vinegar, lime juice, vegetable oil, and cilantro leaves in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.