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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Panko & Fuego Taki Coated Oven-Fried Chicken Legs

Today we are going to take a look at making a spicy, fun and delicious chicken treat using Panko breadcrumbs and crushed Fuego flavour Taki rolled tortilla chips that is "fried" in the oven.

For extra flavour and juiciness the chicken is dipped in mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and soy sauce before being coated with the Panko-Taki blend. This recipe works best with drumsticks or thighs.

To begin you want to combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and soy sauce in a bowl. The amount used will depend on the number of drumsticks being cooked but the basic rule is 4-2-1/2, so four tablespoons of mayo, 2 of Dijon and 1/2 of soy sauce all blended together. If more is needed use the same proportions.

You can also add any amount of hot sauce to this blend to kick it up a notch but keep in mind that Fuego Takis are spicy already.

For the 10 drumsticks pictured above place around 20 Taki rolls in a freezer bag and crush them up until they are a powdery coating. Taki tortilla chip rolls can be found widely in grocery snack sections.

In a bowl separate from the mayo and Dijon mix the crushed Takis with an equal amount of Panko and add around 2 tablespoons of garlic powder. Panko is a Japanese style breadcrumb that is much better for this type of dish. It can also be found at most major grocery stores.

Toss until all is evenly mixed. If you end up needing more topping again use the same proportions.

Then take each drumstick and roll it first in the mayo-Dijon mixture and then into the Panko-Taki mixture making sure to evenly coat the chicken each time.

When done they should come out looking something like this:

Place all the coated drumsticks on a baking pan lined with parchment paper that has been lightly brushed evenly with olive oil.

Then place in an oven preheated to 425 degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes until done. If your oven has an "air fry" option you should definitely use it. Either way these will come out juicy and with a nice crust.

Terrific family or game night dish with many variations. You can use any flavour of Taki or the similar Doritos Dynamite chips or use conventional nacho chip crushed the same way.

Goes perfectly with chilled white wine or beer and a creamy coleslaw.




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