Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jalapeno Kettle Chip Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Ranch

First off, thank you all for your iPhone app suggestions! I have loved checking them all out! 🙂

So, do you remember that photo I tweeted last night (If you couldn’t tell, I’m totally loving the Instragram App)? Well, this is what it looked like prior to being demolished:

Hubs and I are sort of obsessed with Kettle Brand potato chips. In fact, I hardly ever buy them because we eat the entire bag in a day or two (just keepin’ it real). My absolute favorite is the Salt and Vinegar flavor… those babies are dangerous (aka: flipping UH.MAZING.).

Well, I recently had a hankering for some Salt and Vinegar Kettle Chips and walked over (yes, I basically live next door) to Publix only to find that they were <GASP> out of them! How dare you, Publix! haha

Well, I have to say, I am now glad they were out because it forced me to broaden my flavor horizon. I saw the Jalapeno flavor and I just knew that I was on to something good! I brought them home and opened up the bag and before the hubs and I knew it, the bag was GONE. oops. 😉 Anyhow, if you like a little kick (which you KNOW hubs and I do), these are your new chip flavor…


 You’re welcome.

So what does all of this have to do with dinner last night? Well, I got the brilliant idea to crust some chicken in those said jalapeno chips.  I of course had to go buy another bag (plus a spare bag for good measure haha). 

Excellent decision, my friends.

Now, what does one pair Jalapeno Kettle Chip Crusted Chicken with??? Why, homemade buttermilk jalapeno ranch, of course! And I opted for a side of roasted broccoli to counteract the oils in the kettle chip (oh yah, and that ranch sauce too hah).

This dish is not for the faint of heart. It’s got a bit of a kick to it (not, like crazy burns your mouth off like thai food kind of kick), but it definitely gives your tongue a little tingle. If you’re not into spicy, try this with another flavor of Kettle chips omit the jalapenos from the sauce (even though it’s totally sacrilegious in my books). 

Here’s the thing, my geneology may tell me that I’m a European Mutt: Swedish, Irish, German, Dutch, and English (talk about a mix!). However, my stomach tells me I’m Mexican. This girl loves her some spicy food! I. can’t. help. myself. If you are anything like me – you. will. love. this.


***NOTE: Kettle Brand did NOT compensate me in any way shape or form to post this… these chips are just a product that I love and wanted to share with ya’ll!***

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Jalapeno Kettle Chip Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Ranch

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

Total Time: 35-45 minutes

Easy meal to "kick up" (literally) your weekly meal rotation!


For the Jalapeno Ranch Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup lowfat sour cream
1/4 cup (plus 2 tablespoons) lowfat buttermilk
1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (the powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of cayenne
5-6 hot pickles jalapeno slices, finely chopped

For the Chicken:
4 chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 - 2 pounds total)
1 bag Jalapeno Kettle Chips, crushed
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne


For the Jalapeno Ranch Dipping Sauce:
Mix ingredients together (adding additional buttermilk until desired consistency). Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Chicken:
Preheat oven to 375º. Place an oven safe cooling rack in a large jelly roll pan and spray with non-cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, salt, and cayenne. Pound out chicken breasts to roughly 1/2" thickness and add to buttermilk mixture (toss to coat well).

Place crushed Kettle chips in a shallow baking dish. Pull one piece of chicken at a time out of the buttermilk and gently shake to remove some of the excess. Dip into the chips and coat thoroughly on both sides. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken breast are thoroughly coated.

Place into oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, until cooked through (cooking times vary based on chicken thickness and actual oven temperature). Serve hot with jalapeno ranch dipping sauce.

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94 Responses to “Jalapeno Kettle Chip Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Ranch”

  1. 1

    Mackenzie — November 16, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    I love kick, and this looks absolutely amazing! I have to try this!! Thanks Tina!

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    Amber @ Amber's Confections — November 16, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    This looks so good! I love those chips! Will be trying this soon!

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    Michelle @ A Recipe Junkie — November 16, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    YUM!!!!! I gotta try this! My boyfriend & I are addicted to salt & vinager kettle chips too. Can’t have them around 🙂 this looks yummy

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

      salt & vinegar is my #1! 🙂

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    Mike — November 16, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    great recipe. the office is abuzz over the amazing smell wafting from the toaster oven. Round two (leftovers) was just as good as round one; the ranch is a little spicier which is so nice.

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    lucinda — November 16, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Have you ever tried the Archer Farms buffalo chips…OMG they are like crack for me. Actually all the target Archer Farms chips are great. I love the idea for this recipe. Looks yummy! All ready pinned for later!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — November 16, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Ryan’s fave chips are the salt and vinegar ones but I guess we’ll have to try the jalapeno sometime…this recipe sounds fabulous and this post was super convincing 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

      thanks girl!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 16, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    i love those jalapeno chips so i try to stay far, far away from them. shame on you for tempting me with them!! 😉 seriously though, this looks so good! definitely gotta try this out

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

      sorry…. 😉

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    Liz — November 16, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    I can totally relate! My roommate (also know as my boyfriend) and I do that bag-a-day diet way to often. I can’t wait to make this for dinner. He will ohh and ahh!

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    Josie — November 16, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Oooooh! I have an UNOPENED bag of those chips in my pantry right now. And I know exactly what I’m doing with them now. Thank you!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

      enjoy it! PS- I don’t know how you have the will power to keep an unopened bag. IMPRESSIVE!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — November 16, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    I’m the same exact way…European mutt with Mexican tastebuds 🙂 The spicier the better in my opinion!

    I’m going to have to look for these chips the next time I’m at the grocery store (which, who am I kidding, will probably be tomorrow, and the next day, and the next..) This looks so delicious, and I love any food that I can dip in ranch!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      i knew I liked you. 🙂

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    Living The Sweet Life — November 16, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Hi – can we be best friends?!?! I LOVE jalapeño kettle chips!! I tend not to buy them either, because they wouldn’t make it out of the grocery store (it seriously is THAT bad).

    What a great recipe … I’ll have to see if they sell snack sized bags … so I can buy JUST enough for dinner

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      definitely! BFF’s. 😉

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    Erin — November 16, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    This is awesome! I have made kettle chips coated onion rings before, what a great idea to use it on chicken and with the jalapeno!

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    Cassie — November 16, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    This is brilliant…I LOVE these chips, particularly the vinegar variety but definitely love the jalapeno flavor too. Great idea to use as a breading!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

      i have plans on using the salt and vinegar for a recipe… they are just soo good that I eat them before I ever get around to cooking with them hahah

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    Karen Palmer — November 16, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Thanks T!! I don’t think I will ever have to buy another cookbook!! (Did I just say that?) Great recipies my dearie! Yum, Yummy!!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      awww aunti karen you are too sweet – ps your grandbaby is a CUTIE!

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    danellesdish — November 16, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Wow this looks amazing. I may try this with salt and vinegar chips which are my favoite! Thanks for the idea.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 16, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I love crusting things with chips. Somehow makes the chips healthy. Or so I say!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

      you rationalize just like I do… love it! haha

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    Carrie — November 17, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    Just another reason I love you. Hells yeah girl!!

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

      love you back girl! 🙂 hope you are doing well! xoxo

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    Jessica Lynn — November 17, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    YES!!! I saw your tweet about this yesterday, but I was on my iPhone and couldn’t click the link (was about to drive). I can’t wait to make this. Crusting things in chips is one of my favorite things to do! Jalapeno Ranch Dressing also sounds divine. Crap…now I’m hungry!

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    Sandra — November 17, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Good one! We don’t shy away from spicy foods, despite the heartburn. If I lived that close to Publix I’d have to run back and forth several times before I went in the store. I’m like a kid in a candy shop in there.

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

      it’s a dangerous dangerous thing living so close! hah

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    Shannon O'Connell — November 17, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    The Sweet Thai ones are really good, too! My husband is obsessed with the bbq.

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

      ooo i need to try those ones!

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    Suzanne — November 17, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Mmmm that looks amazing, I will have to try! I’ve done this with crushed pretzels and a mustard cheese sauce, delish!

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    emily — November 17, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    These are Michael’s FAVORITE chips and he about died when I told him about this recipe. We’re definitely trying it soon.

    • Kristina replied: — November 19th, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

      oh my goodness- if he loves the chips as much as me… he will LOVE this recipe!!!!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — November 20, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Love love love jalapeño…this would be a favorite of mine, for sure! My husband, not so much 🙁 will have to file it under “nights Frank isn’t around”.

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    Julia — November 21, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Just made this tonight, very good! It definitely doesnt look as good as yours but it was delicious!

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    Mom — November 22, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    Aunt Kath says the Thai ones are amazing!

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    Sweet Marcella — November 23, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    Okay- I found your blog and basically just looked at every.single.recipe! I am making these tonight for my fiance and I am SO excited about them 🙂 Love your blog!

    PS salt and vinegar are my fav too, but those might be weird on chicken??? IDK, maybe not!

    • Kristina replied: — November 23rd, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

      i think salt and vinegar would be awesome on chicken! I’m all for it 😉

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    Marie — November 27, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I made it and my boyfriend loved every bite. I don’t eat chicken so I made mine with Tilapia…also delicious!

    • Kristina replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

      SO glad you liked it!!! 🙂

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    Rebekah — December 4, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Made these last night and they were amazing.

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    Meghann — December 4, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    This was awesome! I made it a few weeks ago for my family, and everyone loved it! Definitely doing it again!

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    Ashley — December 13, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    We are OBSESSED with these chips (2 bags at a time obsessed) so when I saw the recipe I knew we had to make it. OMG! Sooooo good! My boyfriend wants it once a week now! And left overs we had with a wedge salad as a side (iceburg wedge, baby tomatoes, bacon, shredded cheese) with the homemade ranch and it was amazing! Thank you for being so creative and making this amazing recipe!! we LOVE it!

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    Chelsi — December 13, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Found this recipe on your blog from and made it last night – um, AMAZING! My husband and friend LOVED it! Tonight I am going to use the left overs and make a chipotle type of wrap for dinner!

    Thanks for the GREAT recipe.. and ps. I had to hold back from eating the whole bag of chips before smashing them up for the chiken.. NOTE: Next time, buy 2 bags of chips.. 1 to eat while cooking and 1 to use for chicken!

    Thanks again 🙂 Chelsi B @

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    Chelsi — December 13, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Also, I hope it’s okay, but I posted the recipe with a link to your page on my own blog so people can find this recipe and make it!!!

    Chelsi B @

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    Mbail — December 13, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Found this on pinterest and I just made it! Can I say AMAZING and so simple! I am looking forward to trying some of your other recipes! 🙂

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    DebbieAF — December 18, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    This sounds so good! I will have to make and invite my brother for dinner…these are his favorite chips in the world. We like the kick!

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    Brendon — December 19, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Just fixed this via Pinterest link to your site. AMAZING!!! My wife loved it. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Colleen — December 20, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    I am SO excited to try this. Anything with a “kick” makes the boyfriend happy. 🙂 Thanks so much!

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    Brittany — December 30, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    I used the jalapeno chips on pork chops and they turned out awesome! Can’t wait to try with chicken too!

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    The Real Housewife of Zurich — January 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Thanks for the great idea!! My hubby is a HUGE fan of Paprika chips so I’m going to surprise him tonight with a “cool” dinner (as opposed to the healthy vegetables I usually try to force upon him…)

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    Meelwe — January 15, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Found this on Pinterest and made this for dinner tonight. It was better then I anticipated. Thank you!

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    Stephanie — January 22, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    Anyone else have trouble with the chips not sticking to the chicken? The chips stuck together great but when we cut into the chicken, all the chips fell off. However, we made this with mac and cheese and turns out, jalapeno chips mixed into mac n cheese is pretty good!!

    As for the addictive nature of the chips: it’s just my husband and I so I halved the recipe and just about finished the rest of the bag of chips while the chicken was in the oven.. oops! 🙂

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    Holly — January 23, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    SO good! Made this for dinner tonight & we both really liked this! Reminded us of a recipe I’ve been making for years with BBQ chips, but this had a kick to it. LOVED the dipping sauce!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Just Mom's Blog — January 28, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one. We LOVE kettle chips and they’re gluten free! This recipe would be so easy to convert to an entirely gluten free recipe and still get some crunch out of it. Thanks so much for this post!

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    Jen — January 29, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Found this while I was working my way through a bag of salt & vinager Kettle chips! Laughed my butt off (I wish! :0) )
    While also not Mexican…I’m married one and gave birth to 1/2 one!! Both of who love the spicy…me too! Going to make this tonight-yummo! Thanks…

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    Jessica Lynn — January 30, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Made this tonight and it rocked our socks off. SO good! I’ve made other crusts out of chips before but they’ve never turned out this good. It must be the magic of the kettle chip.

    Can’t wait to make this again…next time with your ranch dressing!

    P.S. I’ve always been a salt & vinegar or salt & pepper kettle chip gal, but hot damn, those jalapeno chips are out of this world!

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    Ali Boone — February 12, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I made this for me and my roommates and it was a HUGE hit and it was (UH. MAZING) I told my parents about this gem, and I am making this for them tonight, I can’t wait for them to try it! Also, I substituted cayenne with ancho chili pepper, and I also added a little bit of the pickled juices into the ranch dressing and it added an extra kick!

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    Eleshea — February 29, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    I just made this for my hubby and I and it was AMAZING! Great recipe for the ranch and the chicken! Thanks for the recipe, it’s one of my favorites now!

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    SELENE — March 3, 2012 @ 7:17 pm


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