Fritos-Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Sriracha Aioli

Now you too can make your own Fritos-crusted Lunchtime Snack for Lunatics, as featured prominently in the most recent I Love Mondays! Also, you can sound totally awesome by adding anything to mayo and calling it an "aioli." Try it!

I adapted this creation from a chicken fingers recipe I found in a great gluten-free cookbook (I'm allergic to gluten) called Cooking For Isaiah. It has quickly become my go-to lunch, simply because it's so quick and easy to make, and because I don't mind eating the same thing four days in a row. On to the alchemy!

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Cut two chicken breasts in half, lengthwise, so you have four flat, wide pieces of chicken.
  • Crush a whole 10oz bag of Fritos (I use a meat tenderizer, because it's fun) and pour the result into a large bowl.
  • Add some black pepper to the bowl (I like pepper, so I add about a teaspoon).
  • In another large bowl, beat three eggs.
  • Grease a baking sheet.
  • Take a piece of chicken and dip it in the Fritos, then into the eggs, then back into the Fritos (get as many as you can on there).
  • Place the chicken onto the baking sheet, then repeat for the rest of the chicken pieces.
  • Put the baking sheet in the oven for 20 min (or until the chicken is fully cooked).

Once it's cooked, I put all the chicken in a container in the fridge. Each morning, I slather mayo on some (gluten-free) bread, apply a liberal amount of sriracha, put the chicken on, and wrap the whole thing up in foil. When I get to the office, I put it in the fridge until lunchtime when I take it out and reheat it in the toaster oven. It's just that easy!

For the health-conscious, I calculated the nutrition facts for each chicken slab (your bread and mayo may vary):

  • Calories: 605
  • Total Fat: 32g
  • (Saturated Fat): 4.5g
  • (Polyunsaturated Fat): 7g
  • (Monounsaturated Fat): 15g
  • Cholesterol: 210mg
  • Sodium: 575mg
  • Potassium: 1165mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • (Fiber): 2.5g
  • (Sugar): 1g
  • Protein: 35g

Here's just the Fritos (2.5oz):

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • (Saturated Fat): 2.5g
  • (Polyunsaturated Fat): 6g
  • (Monounsaturated Fat): 12g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 425mg
  • Potassium: 875mg
  • Carbohydrates: 37.5g
  • (Fiber): 0g
  • (Sugar): 0g
  • Protein: 5g

And here's a Big Mac:

  • Calories: 550
  • Total Fat: 29g
  • (Saturated Fat): 10g
  • (Trans Fat): 1g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 970mg
  • Potassium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • (Fiber): 3g
  • (Sugar): 9g
  • Protein: 25g

... maybe I should ease up on the Fritos.