Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken
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Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken

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Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken was actually the genius idea of my husband and my son.

It was so fun watching these two collaborate with each other to come up with this amazing recipe idea.

You see, my husband came back from the store with these new spicy BBQ Fritos, so we had to dig in and try them right away…duh 😉

Then their wheels started turning and they came up with using these as a breading for chicken.

I, of course, had to make it happen 🙂

bag of spicy bbq fritos

How to Make Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken

Start with a pound of chicken breasts and cut into bite size nuggets.

Then measure out three cups of the spicy BBQ Fritos.

measuting the fritos for the breading

Put them in a gallon size plastic bag and use a cup or rolling pin to crush them into crumbs.

rolling the fritos to make them into crumbs

Set up a breading station right next to the air fryer.

Crack an egg in one bowl and beat it with a fork.

Put the Frito crumbs in another bowl along with kosher salt and pepper.

And set the chicken close by.

chicken breading station

Dip each bite of chicken into the egg first.

And then into the Frito crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the chicken slightly.

Then into the air fryer basket they go.

chicken in the air fryer before cooking

A little spray of non stick cooking spray goes over top for maximum crunchiness.

Then set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

non stick cooking spray

Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken comes out super crisp and crunchy!

I set out ranch dressing and BBQ sauce for dipping.

My husband preferred the BBQ, my son loved the ranch, and I combined the two sauces for a perfect BBQ ranch dipping sauce.

Great job to my two boys for a unique and delicious dinner idea 🙂

Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken
Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken
Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken

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Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken

Air Fryer Spicy Fritos Chicken is an air fryer recipe for chicken nuggets breaded in spicy BBQ Flamin' Hot Fritos and dipped in ranch

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer, BBQ, Chicken, Fritos, Spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 291 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Flamin' Hot BBQ Fritos
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • non stick cooking spray
  • Optional: ranch dressing and/or BBQ sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Put the Fritos in a gallon size plastic bag and use a rolling pin or a cup to crush them and roll until they are a breadcrumb consistency.

  2. Put the crushed Fritos, kosher salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix together.

  3. Crack the egg in a separate bowl and beat with a fork.

  4. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Put each piece of chicken into the egg and then into the Fritos, pressing so the Fritos stick and are well coated. Place the chicken into the air fryer basket.

  5. Spray the chicken with non stick cooking spray. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes.

  6. Serve with ranch dressing and/or BBQ sauce for dipping.

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