Social media can’t get enough of new and unexpected ways to make fried chicken.

Home cooks and restaurants are always trying to find a way to improve their fried chicken. It often feels like they’re trying to reinvent the wheel and they end up creating “stunt food” (flashy food combos that are made to be appealing to the eye, not necessarily the stomach).

Recently it has been a trend for influencers on TikTok to create these stunt food-esque dishes that often incorporate ingredients such as chips and cereal. Some of the dishes seem weird, but you can’t knock it until you try it. We made fried chicken with Nacho Cheese Doritos, Takis, Flamin Hot Cheetos, Frosted Flakes, and Fruity Pebbles so you don’t have to. 

The chicken was coated in flour, dipped in an egg wash, and then breaded with each of the 5 breadings seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

The Fruity Pebbles, also known as Rainbow Fried Chicken, came in last place. It wasn’t as bad as expected. The cereal gave the perfect crunch and for a moment it felt like you were eating a dessert rather than chicken. Then the fruity flavor of the cereal ended up clashing with the spices and affecting the taste.

In 4th place is Flamin Hot Cheetos. Before tasting we expected this to be a front runner adding a perfect spicy crust for the chicken, but we were wrong. The crust did not stay together well. The flamin hot flavor was lost while frying and the spices took over as the dominant flavor. 

In 3rd place is Nacho Cheese Doritos. The Nacho Cheese flavor meshed perfectly with the spices giving the chicken a great flavor. The breading even provided a solid crunch, but the texture felt like any store brand chicken tender. 

In 2nd place is Frosted Flakes. The Frosted Flakes provided the perfect crunch just like the Fruity Pebbles. The sugars on the Frosted Flakes caramelized around the chicken making every bite delicious. The sweetness in the chicken makes the recipe perfect for chicken and waffles.

The best chicken was undoubtedly the Taki’s. The Taki’s didn’t lose any of its flavor in the oil unlike the Flamin Hot Cheetos. The Taki’s provided a nice crispy crunch and the Chili Lime flavors really stood out as being the star of the meal.

“Stunt food” is the addition of a flashy ingredient that may take away from the taste. Though all the chicken made seems like “stunt food” on the surface, 3 out of 5 recipes are worth trying again.