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Loaded nacho chicken

Sometimes simplicity is bliss. Tortilla-coated chicken breasts topped with warm chile con queso, and a your favorite nacho toppings is weeknight dinner waiting to happen.

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When I told my mom I was making this loaded nacho chicken for dinner, she giggled at me, "The Gourmand Mom," breading chicken breasts in crushed tortilla chips. But, hey, no one ever said that good food needed to be complicated or utilize fancy ingredients. Simplicity can be positively blissful. The tortilla chips in this dish provide a fun variation on a basic breaded chicken breast. The tortilla coated chicken breasts are then topped with warm, delicious chile con queso, and a generous dose of nacho toppings for a vibrant dish the entire family will enjoy.

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The Gourmand Mom

Amy Deline is a stay at home mom to three little boys. She’s a former early childhood educator with a lifelong passion for home-cooking. Amy is the author and photographer behind The Gourmand Mom, a blog which celebrates food through simple and perfectly seasonal recipes, fit for a gourmet feast among friends or a relaxed family dinner.

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Loaded nacho chicken

Ingredients

 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs

1 tablespoon milk

2 cups corn tortilla chips, finely crushed

3/4 cup chile con queso dip (store-bought or homemade)

Black olives, sliced

Black beans, drained and rinsed

1-2 green onions, sliced

1 tomato, diced

Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Season the chicken breasts with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. To set up your breading station, spread the flour onto a plate. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small baking dish or bowl. Spread the crushed tortilla chips onto a plate. Dredge each chicken breast in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture. Finally, press the chicken into the tortilla chips until well coated. Place the coated chicken breasts in a baking dish. Cook for 25-35 minutes, until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F, as measured with an instant-read meat thermometer.

To serve, top the cooked chicken with a generous helping of warm chile con queso and a sprinkle of black beans, black olives, tomatoes, green onions, or your other favorite nacho toppings.

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