Dorito Chicken Tenders

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These easy Dorito Chicken Tenders are going to be the hit of your next party (and put a huge smile on your kids’ faces)!

Tender juicy chicken breasts crusted in our favorite cheesy Doritos and baked to crispy perfection.

Serve them with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping!

If I indulge in one snack, I’m pretty much going guarantee it’s going to be Doritos!  They’re one of my all time favorite treats and while the Nacho Cheese is my favorite, I’ll eat ANY flavor!

My kids love chicken and I usually make a Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken into perfect crispy chicken strips.

When I happen to run low on bread crumbs or corn flakes, I use pretty much any kind of cereal or cracker I happen to have in the pantry.  Anything from Ritz crackers to tortilla chips will make an awesome crust for chicken.

In this recipe, instead of the typical breading we have crusted these chicken tenders with crispy cheesy Doritos!

The result is a perfectly crispy crust loaded with flavor.  I personally prefer traditional Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos but I have made these with Cool Ranch and they were great too… any flavor of Doritos will work!

When crushing your chips, you’ll want them to be be crushed quite small but not made into a powder, you still want some texture.

We use chicken breasts and slice them into 3/4″  strips (you can also cube them if you’d prefer Doritos chicken nuggets), dip them into an egg wash and press them into the crushed tortilla chips.

If you’re doing a large batch of these, I would suggest working in batches and only putting some of the crushed Doritos in the bowl at a time.

If they end up too wet they won’t stick to the chicken well.

If you’d prefer, you can certainly use a whole chicken breast (which is great served with a taco salad) or even chicken thighs.

We serve it alongside a fresh green salad and roasted potatoes for a delicious meal!

To keep the chicken moist and juicy, be sure not to overcook them!  We serve these with either ranch or blue cheese for dipping!  They make the perfect party food!

3.43 from 7 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Doritos for dinner is always fun, just ask my kids!


  • 1 Bag of Doritos any flavor (I used Nacho Cheese)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 chicken breasts

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  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cut chicken into strips (about 3/4″)
  3. Place crush Doritos until you have 1 1/2 cups of crushed Doritos.
  4. Whisk together egg & milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Dip each strip in the egg mixture and then into the Doritos mixture. Press the chips into the chicken making sure the whole strip is coated.
  6. Place on a foil lined pan and lightly spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.
  7. Bake 15-17 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Serve with ranch or sour cream.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 595, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 454mg, Sodium: 606mg, Potassium: 1778mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 102g, Vitamin A: 430%, Vitamin C: 5.4%, Calcium: 85%, Iron: 2.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Dorito Chicken

Note:  The original recipe added bread crumbs to the Doritos. After trying this a few times, the breadcrumbs have been removed for a better flavor .

This recipe was inspired by Alida’s Kitchen!

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These easy Dorito Chicken Tenders are going to be the hit of your next party (and put a huge smile on your kids' faces)! #spendwithpennies #chickenstrips #chickentenders #appetizer #snacks
These easy Dorito Chicken Tenders are going to be the hit of your next party (and put a huge smile on your kids' faces)! #spendwithpennies #chickenstrips #chickentenders #appetizer #snacks

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  1. I haven’t tried this recipe per say, but I have been reading all the positive and negative comments, and I was wondering if you could use plain Doritos and add your own seasonings, you could add dry ranch dressing to the plain chips, and then add some hot sauce to the milk and egg mixture. It may work. You could also use dry Parmesan or Romano cheese if you to taste more cheese. Get out the garlic or onion powder. Experiment a little. I have made skinless boneless chicken thighs with barbeque chips, and they were delicious.

    1. I fully support experimenting Cindy! We have only made this recipe as listed, but your suggestions sound great!

  2. I tried this with the Doritos Jacked Buffalo Ranch….I do NOT recommend these. They lost all flavor and tasted soft and stale(almost no crunch at all). I usually can’t eat more than 3-4 of these chips without a drink because they are so full of flavor with a kick, that was not the case at all here. They are a little thicker than regular Doritos so maybe that was it? I will have to try again with normal Doritos.

    1. Hi Amy,
      I have only made this as written, so I couldn’t give you any ideas of why this was a flop for you. But I am glad you let us know about the Jacked Buffalo Ranch. I saw these and was thinking to try them in the tenders recipe.

  3. Excellent sounding and looking recipe, and I happen to have a bag of nacho chips in the pantry, on my to make and taste list and soon, will come back with a review as well. Thank you for the recipe, Holly.

    1. I had no problems with this recipe working and the chips sticking (as shown in the video). Were your chips crushed quite fine?

        1. I’m sorry to hear that Natalie. Your oven must run hotter than mine as we haven’t had ours burn.

  4. I made these tonight – weren’t as crispy as I thought they’d be? Used Chilli Heatwave Doritos and found that they went slightly dry and lost their flavour…What am I doing wrong? 

    1. I can’t say for sure Rose. Perhaps you had a little too much egg mixture on the chicken or perhaps your oven temperature was not quite high enough. Hope that helps!

  5. I made this tonight for the family. They were not fans of it. Even though I told them to not expect it to taste just like the darn Doritos, I still think they were expecting all that nacho cheese flavor. My husband said the texture was weird. Personally, I really liked it. I thought it had more flavor than I was expecting! And it cooked perfectly. So while I probably won’t make this for dinner again for the family, I will definitely make up some for myself!

    1. Thank you for your review! I can see how expecting that yummy Doritos flavor could throw you off a little! I’m glad you enjoyed them! :)

    1. Tiras de pollo con costra de Doritos


      1 bolsa de Doritos cualquier sabor usé queso Nacho
      1 huevo
      1 cucharada de leche
      2 pechugas de pollo deshuesadas sin piel


      1) Precalienta el horno a 400.
      2) Corte el pollo en tiras alrededor de 1 pulgadas.
      3) Coloque Doritos en un bolso del Ziploc y aplastar hasta que haya 1 1/2 tazas de Doritos machacado. ( Usted no los quiere en polvo, unos cuantos trozos más grandes están bien )
      4) En otro tazón pequeño batir juntos leche de huevo.
      5) Sumerja cada tira en la mezcla de huevo y luego en la mezcla de Doritos.Presione las virutas en el pollo que se cerciora de que la tira entera esté revestida.
      6) Coloque en una cacerola forrada de papel y ligeramente rocíe las tapas del pollo con el aerosol de cocinar.
      7) Hornee de 15 a 17 minutos o hasta que se cocine a través.
      8) Servir con rancho o crema agria.

      Disfrutar ;)

  6. When you say ” a bag of Doritos” for 2 chicken breasts- do you mean a big grab size bag or snack size bag ? I can’t imagine that 2 chic breasts would call for an entire traditional 13 oz bag of Doritos … Or am I wrong?

    I make potato chip chicken with Pringles — not normal potato chips –
    Pringles only! Pringles are dehydrated unlike regular chips so they are extra super crispy and they don’t get greasy they just stay crunchy I like to use the sour cream and onion and then use a couple teaspoons of buttermilk powder which I always have in the freezer and A little onion powder and garlic powder to mix – extra awesome !!

    Really want to made this Dorito chicken .. I like to take sour cream and pace picante sauce ( it’s sold with the pace salsa it’s not as chucky) and make a quick dip. You can use fat-free sour cream or low-fat and you have a really super low calorie day at the taste awesome you can even make it with fat-free cream cheese if you want something to spread on tortillas but I thought that this chicken would taste good dipped in my cream salsa sauce! :)

  7. Even BETTER wit Remoulade: 3/4 cup mayo, 2 tbs creole mustard, tsp paprika, tsp chachere’s seasoning, tsp lemon or pickle juice, tsp sweet basil, tsp tabasco, 1 clove garlic smashed and mined. mix to blend serve chilled.

  8. What would be good side dishes to prepare with this? Cooking these for my parents tomorrow night and I want to make a full meal for them!

    1. They have a corn flavor (rather than a Dorito flavor). Because the corn has a bit of sweetness, I like to serve them with a zesty coleslaw of some sort and oven fries or homemade mac & cheese.

  9. Really hoped for more then I got. I used buffalo chicken chips and it doesn’t taste a thing like buffalo. Too bad. My bf liked it regardless so I am happy. I think the chips soaked up too much from the chicken and made it less flavorful. Oh well. Better luck next time.

  10. Instead of egg and milk, use mayonnaise to keep the crumbs on! I use Kraft Mayonnaise with Olive Oil. Dry the chicken off, coat the chicken with mayonnaise, cover with the crumbs and bake until it’s done. It makes the chicken that much more moist!! It’s amazing!!

  11. My picky eater loved this. I’ve made a countless number of different chicken recipes hoping to get him to like something other than a fast food nugget. This was the easiest dinner we’ve had with him in a long time. Now I’m trying to think of what else I can smother in smashed doritos to get him to eat it. Broccoli maybe? ;)

  12. I’d noticed in one of the other comments about the panko bread crumbs…I don’t see that ingredient listed in the recipe. How much of the Panko is needed for the Dorito-Crusted Chicken Strips and do you add it to the crushed Doritos?

    1. Originally the recipe did call for adding 1/2 Doritos and 1/2 Panko bread crumbs. After feedback and trying the recipe a couple times, I found that the flavor was better with just Doritos so I adapted it to get the best results.

  13. After your done making the chicken to give it that nocho cheese flavor try sprinkling some powdered nacho cheese the one they use for the popcorn not to much but just enough to give it that Doritos tast your looking for :)

  14. I used the cheese flavor and they do not come out tasting like Doritos. The flavor is more like a corn coating in my opinion.

  15. I just wanted to know for the Doritos Crusted Chicken do you have to use the Panko Bread Crumbs or can they be substituted with another brand of bread crumbs?

      1. Holly…. just checking if you want to do more chicken would u add say 1 more egg and a little more milk?

        2 tablespoon of milk is not very much, but it must have worked for you…. thanks michael

        I might have to drop this into some peanut oil…… for a treat……. thanks

        1. The egg/milk is just to make the crust stick. I had a little extra left over so depending on how many you do, you may have enough. If not, just double up on the egg & milk portion. :)


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    1. I have made an awesome meatloaf with Doritos!
      2lb hamburger
      1 lb of hot sausage/ can use reg if you don’t like the hotness
      two packs of taco seasoning
      1 large onion
      2 cans mexican tomatoes
      2 eggs
      dorito cheese jar

      mix all but small a small portion of tomatoes and dorito cheese …. form into loaf …… put random holes with a wooden spoon or something similar and fill with the cheese…. put the remaining tomato mixture ontop of meatloaf take maple syrup and swirl onto the tomato mixture …..cook at 325 until done~ mmm good

      1. lol I forgot to say I crushed up cheese doritos to use instead of bread crumbs~~ the tomatoes replace the liquid!

      2. Sounds ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, but my hubs suffers from Gastroparesis and can’t digest beef or tomatos, so unfortunately I won’t be making it.