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What to do with leftover Tostitos? 
Jan. 21, 2014 7:45 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 8:58 pm
Tonight I finally got around to making Tostito's Chicken which I have been planning to try.  Tostito's are one of those things that I buy, eat a little of, then totally forget that I have them.  Then I go to the store and randomly decide some chips and salsa sounds good; I better buy some Tostito's, only to come home and find two opened, half eaten bags around the kitchen.  I found these chip bags on the top shelf of a cupboard, in the back.  I think I put them up there thinking, this is good, what a great place to store some chips.  Then I forgot about them until about a week ago.  Out of sight, out of mind apparently.  Since I am trying to use up a lot of ingredients in my cupboards right now, I searched for recipes using leftover chips.  I didn't want nachos or crushed chips on a salad, so here is a link I found with the idea for Tostito's breaded chicken.


I was wondering about breading chicken with crushed up chips, but hadn't done it before.  I liked the directions in the suggestion, so I tried it.  It was very easy, starting with seasoning chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.  I crushed the chips with a food processor, but you could also put them in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin or plate.  Then dredge chicken with egg then the crushed chip/flour mixture twice.  Lastly, pan fry on each side until browned.  I really liked how these turned out.  The breading was really crunchy and stayed on while cooking, and I thought it had good flavor.  You can change up the seasonings however you would like; paprika might be a good addition.  

Tostito Breaded Chicken photo

I think the Taco Seasoning 1 mixture from this site could be great to season the chicken with, then coat with crushed hard shell taco shells or Doritos (in case you have any left over Doritos?).  Maybe you could top with guacamole or sour cream.  It would be like a deconstructed taco.

Like making the frittata, breading and pan frying or baking chicken is another cooking technique that, once you are familiar with it, you can change up lots of ways.  You can also avoid buying the already mixed packages for chicken since you can do it yourself at home, then pan fry.  I really like the crunchy coating, so I think panko really works well as an option.   

One other use for tostitos could be like a walking taco.  I love walking tacos, so I think it could work the same way with crushing up your chips and topping with taco ingredients.  I will have to keep looking for other options with leftover chips, but if anyone has other ideas, definitely feel free to share!   
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My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
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My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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