Doritos Chicken Tenders

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These Doritos Chicken Tenders will earn you a gold star from your kids. This easy recipe only requires 4 ingredients total!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Doritos Chicken Tenders

These Doritos Chicken Tenders will earn you a gold star from your kids. This easy dorito chicken tenders recipe requires 4 ingredients total!

Chicken tenders are one of those foods that no one will ever outgrow, no matter how old they get. Especially when coated in Doritos crumbs, your whole family will love these flavorful chicken strips.

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What We Love About This Dorito Crusted Chicken Recipe

This easy recipe is a great option for an easy dinner for crispy chicken strips.

  • 4 Ingredients: This recipe for dorito chicken tenders only needs 4 ingredients which include chicken breasts, doritos, milk, and eggs.
  • Family Friendly: Your family will absolutely adore these chicken tenders, especially since they are crusted with their favorite snack chips.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use second day leftovers of dorito chicken tenders in a wrap or taco salad.
A wooden cutting board of the chicken.

Ingredient Notes for Chicken Doritos

  • Chicken: For these Doritos chicken tenders, you can either buy chicken tenderloins or skinless chicken breasts and cut into fingers.
  • Doritos: You will need a small bag of any flavor of doritos. You can use any flavor of your choosing, cool ranch, sweet spicy chili, or nacho cheese doritos.
  • Milk: Any percentage of milk will work. I recommend whole or 2%.
  • Egg: You will need one egg to mix with milk to use as a binding agent for the doritos to stick to the chicken.

Equipment Needed for Dorito Fried Chicken

  • Tin Foil
  • Baking Sheet
  • Shallow Dish
  • Whisk
  • Food Processor
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Wire Rack

How to Make Baked Dorito Chicken

These are the basic steps for making Doritos Chicken Tenders. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Line a a baking sheet with aluminum foil and put a wire rack on top. Set aside.

STEP 2: MAKE DORITO CRUMBLES

In a food processor pulse the dorito chips until they are a fine crumb and begin to resemble bread crumbs, empty on to a shallow dish or plate with edges. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a rolling pin. Then in another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk until fully combined. If using chicken breasts, cut whole chicken breast into 1 inch strips.

STEP 3: COVER CHICKEN WITH DORITOS

Dunk each chicken strip into the milk and egg wash then into the dorito crumbs. Once you have coated chicken strips in the crushed doritos place on top of wire rack on the baking sheet. Spritz for little bit of nonstick cooking spray.

STEP 4: BAKE DORITO CRUSTED CHICKEN

Bake your doritos chicken tenders in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is at least 165 degrees f. Then remove from oven and serve with your favorite fries and dipping sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips for Doritos Chicken Tenders

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To prepare this recipe ahead of time, you can coat the chicken finger in the dorito crumbs and store in the fridge on a covered plate for up to 2 days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftover Doritos chicken tenders in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can freeze your doritos chicken, after they have cooled completely add to a freezer bag and use within 4 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat this recipe, you can heat in oven for 10-15 minutes or air fryer for 5-10 minutes or microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Doritos Crusted Chicken

CAN I SUBSTITUTE FRITOS IN PLACE OF DORITOS?

You can substitute fritos crumbs in place of doritos if you are not a fan of the flavors that dorito offers, fritos are a great alternative to use.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just proportionally increase or decrease the ingredients for these doritos chicken tenders.

CAN YOU FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN STRIPS?

You can freeze chicken strips that have already been coked, just store in a freezer bag for up to 4 months in the freezer.

Dorito bags with the chicken.

Expert Tips for Making This Baked Dorito Chicken Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great finger food to bring to a party and not to mention but they will be the hit of your next party. To double this recipe, proportionally increase ingredients and split between 2 baking tray and wire racks or cook the first then second batch separately.
  • Air Fryer: You can also make these in an air fryer, cook at 400 degrees f for about 15-18 minutes checking to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Mexican Chicken Casserole with Doritos: To make a doritos chicken casserole, bake these in casserole dish. After they come out the oven top with your favorite nacho toppings, such as sour cream, green onions, black beans, cheddar cheeses, salsa, green chiles, guacamole, and queso.
  • Other Chicken Finger Coatings: You can also you ritz crackers, corn flakes, or any other crushed chips of your choosing.
  • Dipping Sauce: Some dipping sauces that would go well with these homemade chicken strips include ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or honey mustard.

What to Serve with Doritos Crusted Chicken

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Doritos Chicken Tenders

Doritos Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These Doritos Chicken Tenders will earn you a gold star from your kids. This easy recipe only requires 4 ingredients total!
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Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1-235 g Bag Doritos
  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts or Chicken Tenders

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and place an oven-safe rack overtop. Set aside.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk. Set aside.
  • Place the Doritos in a food processor and blitz until chips resemble breadcrumbs. Empty into a second shallow dish.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into strips about 1″ thick.
  • Dredge the chicken tenders in the egg-milk mixture, and then coat completely in the Dorito crumbs.
  • Place the coated chicken tenders on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until an inserted meat thermometer reads 165F.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great finger food to bring to a party and not to mention but they will fly off the table. To double this recipe, proportionally increase ingredients and bake in batches.
  • Air Fryer: You can also make these in an air fryer, cook at 400 degrees f for about 15-18 minutes checking to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Mexican Chicken Casserole with Doritos: To make a Mexican chicken casserole, bake these in casserole dish. After they come out the oven top with your favorite nacho toppings.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, cool ranch, doritos, nacho cheese

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