A couple weekends ago I was at the grocery store scanning the chip aisle desperately trying to decide on a couple good flavors. We aren’t really chip people. Let me restate that. WE LOVE ALL CHIPS. However, we avoid them due to their lengthy ingredient list of unrecognizable (read: unnatural) ‘things’ and suppress our inner chip love.
That being said, I am not above them when hosting my in-laws for the weekend and would prefer not be in the kitchen 82% of the day. Still, we would rather our ingredients be real so I decided to pay double and get the GOOD stuff, according to Steven, that is.
We decided on a couple bags of Kettle chips and served them on the side of our Chicken Cheese Steaks (recipe coming soon!) that weekend. I grabbed a handful of the BBQ version and munched away. And then I FELL IN LOVE.
What?! The texture! The crinkle cut! The perfect seasoning! AND they were all natural?! I was in shock that they were so good. Naturally leading to 3 more servings to ensure this was real. Product testing/reviewing at its best. I do it for you, kind reader.
Ever since that first bite my mind has been sifting through ideas in my head of other ways I could eat these delightful chips. If disguised in a different fashion, I could eat them more often without shamelessly grabbing handful after handful straight from the bag.
Kettle BBQ cookies?
Kettle BBQ crumbles Over Oats?
Kettle BBQ trail mix? –Jury’s still out on this one.
Kettle BBQ Crispy Baked Chicken? –We have a winner!
This simple and delicious chicken gives the crunch that is normally lacking in other baked chicken recipes without being fried in some good ole’ fashioned bacon grease. Not that I know anything about that.
The other star of this chicken is the best Homemade BBQ sauce recipe I have found from the lovely Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats! I have been a long-time reader of hers and always loved her recipes. We tried this one several months back when she posted and haven’t looked back!
Grab the recipe for her Homemade BBQ Sauce and many other delicious things!
Already have a favorite BBQ sauce? Feel free to use instead, but make sure you try Kristin’s out some time!
Back to creative ways to have a dinner of chips without having a dinner of chips.
I cut my chicken into small strips, a little larger than nuggets and a bit smaller than normal chicken strips, to allow them to cook quickly but still max chip-crunch on its exterior. I added my chicken to a small dish, poked several holes in the chicken (so it really soaks up that BBQ sauce) and let it marinade for at least 30 minutes and no more than an hour.
Try to not eat the whole bag Add 4 cups of those delicious Kettle BBQ heavenly potatoes to a food processor and give them a quick pulse or two until they have reached desired size. Roll those mini chicken strips in that BBQ crunchy love and plop them on an oil-sprayed cooling rack like that up there ☝and cook. Done!
I ate my mini strips straight off the wire rack like an adult with a plate and got some sandwich action going for the hubs. Because he is a guy and they laugh when you give them little plates with a couple pieces of chicken. ?
Back to Kristin…
Kristin was actually the FIRST food blogger I started following and her site has continued to blossom right before my eyes. Speaking of… –Hey Success—She just published her first ebook called Gluten-Free for Beginners: 30 Day Meal Plan & Guide for Gluten-Free Success. Kristin includes her own personal story of Celiac Disease as well as an incredibly helpful meal plan and recipes to get you on the right track with eating Gluten-Free! I encourage you to grab a copy today or pass this on to someone you know that struggles with eating gluten free. It IS possible to eat delicious foods and still be Gluten-free and Kristin is just the gal to show you the way ? Click right ? to check out her new ebook!
I am a big supporter of Kristin, which is why you will see the link to her new book over there—> or for you mobile savvy folks…ALL the way down the page ??? Check the link out and read more about the book or better yet, grab your copy of this awesome ebook!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for the ebook “Gluten-Free for Beginners: 30 Day Meal Plan & Guide for Gluten-Free Success”, however, opinions are completely my own.
- 1 ½ lbs Chicken (cut into small strips)
- 4 cups Kettle BBQ chips (crushed)
- ½ cup Iowa Girl Eats Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Olive oil spray
- Add chicken to a small bowl and poke several holes in chicken with a fork. Add BBQ sauce and stir to coat chicken. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinade for 30 minutes (up to an hour) [or skip marinating all together if you are short on time and just coat with the bbq sauce and go to next step].
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and add 4 cups of Kettle chips to a food processor. Pulse 2-3 times or until chips reach desired size for coating chicken.
- Spray a wire rack with nonstick spray and begin coating each piece of chicken with the chips, rolling to coat, and place on rack. Continue until all chicken is coated and on rack and cook for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Chip crunch will fall off easily when first removed from oven, allow to cool at least 5 min before serving.