Nacho Chicken Legs

Main Ingredients
cheddar chicken jalapeño tomato tortilla chips
Battle
nachos
Course
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Exactly what can one do to nachos to make them different.  I’m sure the others will find ways but I drew a blank.  Suddenly it hit me, rather than modifying a nacho dish, deconstruct it and wrap it around a chicken leg!  So began my mad scientific method of creating this dish.  Even though I seared the chicken before baking, I think that might have been overkill.  In other words, uh, I don’t think you need to do that step and the chicken should still out crispy.  It was very tasty with an occasional hint of corn, bell pepper and/or jalapeno.  The dish was well received by my taste-testers and my wife says this can be done again very soon. As a side note … I don’t see why this recipe couldn’t be used for wings, too.  Rather than Buffalo Wings; try Nacho Wings!

Recipe

Nacho Chicken Legs

Preparation

  • 1 c tomato ketchup
  • 1 c mixed-color diced bell peppers
  • 1 seeded jalapeno (add more if you like heat!)
  • 1 c diced onion
  • 1/2 T garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12 chicken legs
  • 2 c finely crushed yellow tortilla chips
  • cheddar cheese, as needed
  • olive oil, as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place the first 10 ingredients together in a blender and puree.  Note: you may want to make double size, keep 1/2 for dipping.
  3. Place puree and chicken legs in a bag to marinate for 30-60 min. NOTE: Do NOT use marinade sauce for dipping.  Raw chicken!!
  4. Crush the chips using a rolling-pin, measure out at least 2 cups
  5. Make sure chicken leg is well coated w/ puree then roll in crushed chips to coat. Note: This is where I seared them in olive oil - your call, I don't think it necessary.
  6. Place legs on oiled baking sheet, put in oven.
  7. Bake for 60-90 min, start checking at 60 min, 90 min should be done. Note: depending on size of legs, could take upwards of 120 min (2 hrs).
  8. Remove from oven and grate cheddar cheese over them before serving.
  9. Serve!

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