We crushed up 7 kinds of snack chips and used them to flavor chicken
When people say something "tastes like chicken", it’s just a nice way of saying, "this is one of the most basic things I’ve ever eaten. Thanks for adding nothing to my life". But it does have protein, and is the least likely to kill you of all the major meats. So when salt and pepper just aren’t enough to liven up your lame (but healthy) meal, don’t skip your chicken... fill your shakers with better stuff! We took 7 pepper mills, ix-nayed the epper-pay, and filled them with our favorite chips. Here’s how that went down
The clear winner for me was Lay’s BBQ. This added the most flavor, salt, and crunch. If you’re in desperate need of barbecue chicken and there’s no sauce in the house (or the layer of crust around your bottle’s rim is so thick you could etch "prepare your will" in it), then crushed Lay’s BBQ chips will substitute nicely.
Cheetos, Doritos, and Cool Ranch oh my! (See what I did there?) This cheesy trio did a good job kicking that chicken up a notch. The Doritos (both flavors) added good crunch. Cool Ranch might have just edged out Original because Ranch just might be the runner up to cheese on the "making things taste better" list. The Cheetos, while totally serviceable, were less crunchy, and had a more delicate flavor than the Doritos. And if I’m going to add cheese to something I want the flavor to hit me in the face. They also became a little too light when crushed. I was afraid that if I breathed on the fork I would blow my Cheetos sprinkles right off
If you want to add spice, go for the Jalapeño Kettle Chips. While they added very little flavor, they made the chicken impressively spicy and crunchy. If you used to put potato chips on your turkey sandwiches when you were a kid, this combo is going to bite you right back to childhood.
I wouldn’t call them failures, but what impressed me the least were Sour Cream & Onion Pringles and Pirate’s Booty Popcorn, respectively. The funny thing is that I would rather eat a whole can of Pringles than a whole bag of BBQ chips, but I think it’s because the flavor of Pringles chips is so distinct. All of their flavors still taste like Pringles, whereas the Lay’s chips served better as neutral vessels for the BBQ flavoring. Unfortunately, when crushed and sprinkled on chicken, you don’t even recognize the Pringles anymore (how sad) and there’s just not enough sour cream & onion flavor to add anything to the meat. Pirate’s Booty turned to dust and the white cheddar was barely noticeable. This bite tasted just like chicken.