Baked Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Salsa

I know the picky eater all too well. . . I have one in my family and I used to be one.

When you coat chicken in a seasoned mayonnaise mixture and adhere crushed up tortilla chips to it the picky eater will be the first one to the table. Especially since the smells wafting through the cracks in the oven door as it bakes is enough to drive anyone crazy with hunger!

I fully expected the picky eater to skip the avocado salsa but was I surprised when they not only ate it but really, really liked it. So much so that they almost broke out in a happy dance the next day at lunch time when they found out the leftovers had their name written all over them.

Super crunchy on the outside, a little bit spicy, tender and juicy on the inside with a Tex-mex flair – how can anyone resist?

Not this recovering picky eater!

Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Chicken coated in seasoned tortilla chips with an avocado salsa, super crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy in the middle!


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
1 cup tortilla crumbs*
1 large ripe avocado, cut into cubes
2 roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 lime
sea salt and fresh black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and chili powder in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Coat chicken with mayonnaise mixture, then tortilla crumbs. Arrange chicken on aluminum-foil-lined baking pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Make the salsa while the chicken cooks. Combine avocado, tomato, onion and cilantro. Toss with a tablespoon or two of lime to taste and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Garnish, if desired, with the salsa and cilantro.
  7. * For homemade tortilla crumbs, process 6 cups tortilla chips in food processor.


Adapted from Hellmann's

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  1. Sassy says

    I wouldn’t eat broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, olives, yet I love them all now! I was incredibly picky!!
    I repinned!

  2. says

    What an appetizing way to cook chicken. I like it very much, so crunchy and tender at the same time. It looks very good ^_^ Bye, have a great day

  3. says

    I was a picky eater as a child. I would go so far as to pretend I was allergic to green beans. I’d gag and choke and put on a real show. I love them now though! This tortilla chicken looks delicious. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it.

    Love that prize package. Been wanting a bento box forever.

  4. amy marantino says

    i would not eat lettuce as a child, because i had “choked on it” once. Now I eat salad almost every day.

  5. kayla says

    I couldn’t stand pumpkin pie as a child, but pumpkin flavored ANYTHING is an absolute favorite of mine now! I don’t know how and when the turning point happened, but I sure look forward to homemade pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving each year!

  6. says

    I just lost my comment because I typed in the wrong captcha – dang! Okay, what did I say… Tortilla chips on the chicken? What a great idea! Those sound so good! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway too! I used to hate salmon as a kid but now I love it!

    Moon, we love you too! :)

  7. says

    Chicken & Hellman’s are indeed a favorite around here. It lends a nice flavor to the chicken while keeping it moist and crispy. That said, your Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with THAT Salas looks scrumptious, Reeni!

    Thanks for sharing all this info and that recipe!!! I have to ask, is there a typo for the Give-Away Date?

  8. Emily says

    I was the weirdest child–I would eat nearly anything someone put in front of me. Although, I hated Hostess anything (Zebra cakes, HoHos, Ding Dongs, etc.) with a passion.

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