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!Dorito Chicken Tenders on a plate with parsley

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!

Dorito Chicken Tenders being dipped

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.

Dorito Chicken Tenders on a plate with parsley as garnish

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!

Dorito Chicken Tenders on a plate with parsley
4.56 from 52 votes
Review Recipe

Dorito Chicken Tenders

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Doritos for dinner is always fun, just ask my kids! How about some Doritos Crusted Chicken Strips?

Ingredients

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

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut chicken into strips (about ¾″)
  • Place crush Doritos until you have 1 ½ cups of crushed Doritos.
  • Whisk together egg & milk in a separate bowl.
  • 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.
  • Place on a foil lined pan and lightly spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.
  • Bake 15-17 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve with ranch or sour cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 298, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 227mg, Sodium: 303mg, Potassium: 890mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Course Snack
Cuisine American

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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  1. It’s actually pretty good if you add a flavorful side like parmesan garlic noodles or Mac n cheese, it makes for a good mix in chicken that you prepare on the side. I wouldn’t recommend just eating them alone as strips but as a coating it turns out really nice! Screw these negative vibes floating around here, this is a good, base recipe to expand on, which is exactly what I was looking for! A crunchy chicken coating to serve with a noodle side…5 stars

    1. Thanks, Darrian! Glad you enjoyed it. Serving it with parmesan garlic noodles sounds so delicious!

    1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out for you, Darlene. My family loves this recipe!

  2. So, they weren’t horrible, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I expected more of a nacho flavor, but like others have said, the chips lose their flavor. The chicken was moist and there was a tiny bit of flavor that made these okay, but I probably wouldn’t make them again, or I’d alter the recipe somehow. My 12 year old nephew did love these though, and he’s pretty picky.3 stars

  3. Made this tonight and served with ranch to dip, roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. We all thought it was ok. Not a lot of flavor but nice and crunchy. I’d probably add some taco seasoning to the doritos next time.3 stars

  4. 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!

  5. 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.3 stars

    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.

  6. 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. made it exactly like directions said & the chips ended up getting burnt:( thought it was gonna be good2 stars

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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! :)