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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 221.8
  • Total Fat: 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
  • Sodium: 436.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 29.7 g

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Crispy Faux-Fried Mexican Chicken

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Crispy Faux-Fried Mexican Chicken

Introduction

I love faux frying foods using panko. This crunchy, spicy chicken would be great on a taco salad. I love faux frying foods using panko. This crunchy, spicy chicken would be great on a taco salad.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded until uniform in thickness
    1 recipe Chef Meg's Taco Seasoning
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup panko bread crumbs
    1 cup low-sodium salsa

Tips

If you can't find panko, use crushed baked tortilla chips.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the panko, taco seasoning and salt in a shallow dish.

Remove any fat from the chicken breasts. Pull the tenderloin away from the breast; it is on the under side of the breast. Slice the remaining breast into one inch strips. You should get 4 strips from each breast. Spray each strip with nonstick cooking spray, then dip into the bread crumbs to coat the entire surface. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the meat reaches 165 degrees. Serve with salsa.

Each serving: 3 ounces chicken and 1/4 cup salsa






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  • Very Good
    50 of 54 people found this review helpful
    What's the point of complaining about an ingredient you can't have or don't use? Find an alternative or don't make it. The recipe is there as a base, it's up to you to make substitutions. If you find a good one, share it.

    My family loved it & we will definitely make it again! Thanks for sharing. - 3/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
    I made this last week--after it was done cooking, I cubed it and set up a taco salad bar for me & hubby--chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocado, sharp cheddar and salsa--very tasty! :D - 3/12/12

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  • 39 of 71 people found this review helpful
    Actual ratings are helpful and appreciated. "Sounds good" or "I'll try this tonight"....not so much. - 3/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
    This is great using boneless pork chops, too! - 3/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    We found it very easy and incredibly delicious. The only thing we did different is we used chicken tenders and pounded them out. They were crunchy and spicy but not too spicy. We all loved them. I would serve this to company! It was a pretty presentation, too! - 7/5/12

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  • 27 of 30 people found this review helpful
    Panko is a special type of Japanese bread crumbs that are supposed to give extra crispy crunch instead of regular breadcrumbs. They are either in the breadcrumbs or ethnic food (asian).
    If you are having a hard time getting the crumbs to stick, try a beaten eggwhite before breading. - 2/21/12

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    This made me feel like I was cheating on my diet. It tasted amazing! Served with black beans, broccoli, a little sour cream and cheese too. - 3/20/12

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  • Very Good
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    I use the taco Seasoning (base) in all my taco like recipes, except I add 1 tsp garlic powder, 1tsp paprika, and 1tsp oregano to the Chef Meg version.

    1 inch pieces for chicken nuggets. I put the spices and panko in a big baggy and then added the pieces like a shake n bake. My son loved it. - 8/24/12

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  • 15 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Add some buffalo sauce
    dip in buttermilk instead of spraying with pam - 3/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Delicious recipe! I love faux frying with Panko crumbs but never thought about using the Taco seasoning. Great different flavor. - 2/29/12

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Well it doesn't get much quicker or simpler than this. I used Tyson chicken tenderloins and it was just like crispy chicken strips. Panko crumbs where great crispiness and stuck pretty good just using the spray. You only need 1/2 cup panko for 1 lb chicken - 10/20/12

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  • 8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Outstanding recipe! My very picky boys loved it, will definitely make again :)
    - 2/7/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    So good will make it again!! No changes as is..going to take it to work with salad for a couple of days.. - 4/22/12

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I love this--have kept it---- love the cripy outside! - 3/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Tasty, quick & easy - 7/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very very good. Real crunch. - 3/6/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I can't even begin to say how delicious this recipe was!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! - 2/17/12

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    For those who don't like to use the commercial sprays. I use a Misto sprayer with olive oil in it. Just when you store it release the pressure so it doesn't clog. - 7/19/12

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight. It was wonderfully crunchy, and I didn't even need the salsa. The type of chili powder used probably makes a difference. I used a mexican-style chili powder. - 3/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was so easy to throw together & so yummy! To save time I just used chicken tenders (so they were already the same thickness) & pre-made taco seasoning. I was afraid because I only had seasoned panko crumbs that it would be too much seasoning, but it was so good! Will def make again :) - 5/27/12

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Not very spicy, but the smaller pcs were crispy. I'd definitely add more season if I do it again. It does make a nice alternative to fried chicken tenders. - 3/26/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good. - 2/21/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Haven't seen pinko crumbs as yet, so I use medium cornmeal. - 3/12/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 1/2/13

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Easy, crispy and tasty food....love panko but, am a vegetarian. I shall make it for my hubby! - 5/2/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Awesome idea! I will definetly make it right now for lunch. I will have to adapt it a bit (I don't have panko here, but oat bran will be a good,healthy option, too) and I know it will come up as delicious as it sounds! - 4/29/12

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  • 1 of 13 people found this review helpful
    can't wait to try it it sounds wonderful - 3/12/12

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Why not use some salasa at the binding or sticking agent for the panko. - 3/3/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Really good and easy to make! - 2/21/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So simple and tasted great - 2/20/12

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  • Try this as soon as you can, it is amazing! I do have to add that I used ACTIVELEE's adaptation to the taco seasoning. They go great in wraps or on a salad! - 8/28/14

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  • WOW. I can't believe how amazing this turned out! I used butter flavored Pam, chicken tenderloins, and some cajun seasoning in the panko. It was super quick and so much better than I thought it would be. I can't wait to make this again! THANKS! - 7/13/14

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  • I loved it and will make it again. This is the first time that I used panko bread crumbs - good bye regular bread crumbs.
    I made a variation for my husband - used garlic powder and basil instead of the taco seasoning. He liked it too!

    Thanks for sharing! - 4/26/14

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  • My Mom used to use Corn Flakes for the crunch on chicken or to top casseroles. Wouldn't that work here since we are using the taco seasoning? What do you think? - 4/21/14

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  • I used Chicken tenders, didn't bother pounding them, they're all about the same size. Overall I think they're very good as is, although I think next time i'll warm the salsa a bit. I didn't like the cold salsa with them. I'll make them again. It's an easy week night meal. - 2/5/14

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  • It just came out of the oven, and I snitched a nugget. AWESOME! I followed the directions exactly. A couple of my ingredients were maybe a little unusual. Our friends make their own chili powder and share with us. I used cayenne we grew and processed ourselves. - 1/31/14

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  • looks easy & something everyone will like - 1/28/14

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  • Delicious! Even my picky family members liked this! - 7/10/13

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  • Very good! I also had a bit of plain Greek yogurt on the side. - 7/9/13

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  • I tried the recipe but I used taco seasoning from the packet and followed the rest as written. Overall it was pretty good but with the salsa it was still bland. I will make again but try it my way. - 7/9/13

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (7/19/13)
    Watch the sodium from the seasoing packets--they are loaded. Choose a lower sodium variety of taco seasoing.
    Chef Meg


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  • This recipe looks yummy and it stays within my sodium guidelines! - 7/8/13

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  • This is really fantastic! I made some simple modifications. I dipped the chicken in fat free milk then rolled in the Panko with my own seasonings; pinch of slat, Italian, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder and sprayed the top with Pam. - 7/8/13

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  • I've made this, but used dry Ranch seasoning instead of taco....was very tasty! - 7/8/13

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  • Delish! Quick and easy ~ Using my halogen convection oven was an extra bonus, no heating up the kitchen. I am going to try it on pork chops next - 7/8/13

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  • Crushed corn Chex works very well as a breading too (and has, I think, better flavor than the baked tortilla chips). They're also a gluten free alternative breading. - 7/8/13

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  • If you use the baked tortilla chips, decrease or eliminate the salt or the coating will be too salty.

    If you use a pump oil sprayer, like a Misto, you won't get the chemicals from the canned nonstick cooking spray. - 7/8/13

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  • Delish! - 7/8/13

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  • Really liked the crispiness of the breading. I adjusted the chili powder in the Taco Seasoning to teaspoons since family doesn't like too spicy. Made brown rice to go with this and added some salsa to the rice to taste. - 6/4/13

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  • We loved it! Ours didn't turn out "crunchy" but they were tasty with the salsa. I served it with corn on the cob (inspired by the photo!) and my husband pitched it and made baked lime corn tortilla chips (one of the few things he knows how to make, and he does it well). I love the calorie count too! - 6/3/13

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  • My kids & husband ate all the nuggets! Thank you Chef MEG. - 6/2/13

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  • This sounds easy and yummy. I plan to try it this coming week.
    - 6/1/13

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  • I HAVE TO TRY THIS ONE....
    - 6/1/13

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  • I was thinking about making my own panko out of ezekial bread. has anyone had whole wheat panko? any thoughts? - 6/1/13

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  • my sister loves panko and uses it in a lot of ways.....so I have already been exposed to panko....this is a very good and tasty alternative to fried chicken...*grin* and very moist to boot. - 6/1/13

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  • Used olive oil pump spray instead of silicone on my chicken and added extra spice. :) - 4/23/13

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  • This is a definitely-will-make-it-again recipe. It is easy and fast and delicious! - 3/20/13

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  • Excellent idea and it can be chaned using so many differnt kinds of spices. - 3/14/13

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  • I substituted egg whites instead of spraying the chicken with cooking spray. Over all very tasty with salsa and brown rice. Will eat again in the future. - 3/13/13

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  • This recipe was great and so easy to make. The whole family loved it. - 3/13/13

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  • This was really good but pretty spicy. I think next time I will cut back the red pepper flakes. I also didn't spray the tenders with Pam, I have a misto and used olive oil. - 3/13/13

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  • Found this recipe very easy to make and tasted great. I will make it again. - 3/12/13

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  • am going to do this on the fish we are having for dinner. - 3/12/13

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I don`t understand the directions..."pull the tenderloin away from the breast" It is a bnls/sknls breast, they are just a piece of white meat, there is no top or bottom, the way I but them.Also why do the pictires not show the actual product? I like visual and if this not how the finished product lo - 3/12/13

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  • We loved this. Easy to make! - 2/7/13

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  • I made this for my family tonight and it was very easy and very tasty. In order to get the chicken really crispy I put the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes at the end. Worked out great! - 1/5/13

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was good but kids found it to be to spicey - 12/14/12

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  • Had it tonight, absolutly delicious. - 10/29/12

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  • quick and simple for a busy soccer night! - 10/18/12

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  • My whole family loved this! - 10/17/12

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  • Simple, straight-forward, quick and tasty. - 10/13/12

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  • this was a wonderful easy dish - 10/11/12

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  • This sounds great. Will make this tonight! - 9/15/12

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  • I love chicken and always trying to find new ways to cook it, this sounds yunny definately have to try it. - 9/11/12

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  • Very Good! Was a little too spicy for my mother, but my brother loved it! - 8/24/12

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  • It is simple and quick works with chicken, pork loin don't see why it should work with shrimp or fish too. Oh the possibilities with Different Mrs. Dash's and dry spice seasonings Thanks Meg for the spring board to many other ideas....!!! - 8/24/12

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  • great idea - 8/20/12

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  • I'm not a cook, I don't like to spend too much time in the kitchen. This was easy, quick and delicious. Will cook it again! - 8/16/12

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  • good recipe and easy to make. Husband like this - 8/13/12

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  • Keep in mind that any substitutions will change the calorie count for the recipe. Other than that, thanks for the ideas and ratings. - 8/5/12

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  • Tasty! I actually didn't need to use anything to get the panoply to stick. Definitely use parchment paper! - 7/23/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So yummy!!! - 7/19/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    . - 7/7/12

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  • loved this recipe - 7/7/12

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  • Am going to buy panko on my next shopping trip! My husband's mouth started watering when I showed him this recipe! - 5/24/12

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  • THIS EASY TO MAKE . TASTE GREAT . SERVE WITH PRIDE TO ANYONE . COMPANY OR FAMILY . ADD A SALAD . - 5/23/12

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  • Oh so very good! And oh so easy! I left out the pepper flakes because I have a three year old and the salsa was enough heat for him. Try it! You'll like it! We also put it on corn tortillas. - 4/29/12

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  • it souds yummy cant wait to try this
    - 4/29/12

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  • 5 - 4/29/12

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  • this sounds so good I think im going to try it this week thank you for the idea - 4/29/12

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  • These were super yummy -- light and crispy, moist on the inside. I added a little parm cheese to the breadcrumb mix. I served it with tropical dipping sauce. Delicious. One thing I don't get is how to calculate the oil spray in nutrition. This is a common Chef Meg trick - is there a formula? - 4/24/12

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  • This was so good and so easy! My family loved it.

    The cool thing is my WH was craving fried chicken last night and this took care of his craving :D - 3/20/12

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  • I made this tonight and served sliced over a salad...and while it was good and we enjoyed it, I do find myself wondering if the panko breadcrumbs are worth the calories. This is the second recipe I've tried using them (the other was boneless pork chops) and neither have been "crunchy" or "crispy". - 3/19/12

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  • My oldest is on a gluten and dairy free diet. So, I made this two ways - some chicken w/gluten containing panko, some with gluten free bread crumbs. He LOVED it, and he is a very picky eater. Not as crunchy as panko, maybe, but still a hit. - 3/14/12

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  • I loved it and even kept a couple pieces to use on salad next day. even passed hubby test so definitely will make it again. - 3/13/12

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  • I dipped these in egg beaters instead of spraying with nonstick spray. I also didn't pound them flat. (I was really low on time) The boyfriend loves these and so did I! I think they'd be too spicy for some kids. - 3/12/12

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  • My boys love this!!!!!! - 3/12/12

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I see you using panko a lot for that crispy texture, but please spare a thought for those of us that can't ingest gluten and offer us an alternative. - 3/12/12

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  • I made this for dinner tonight. It was very good. My family enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe. - 3/12/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Will try.sounds good - 3/12/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    try - 3/12/12

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