These Dorito Chicken Tenders are a fun homemade breaded chicken tenders recipe the kids are going to ask for again and again! Cheesy, crunchy doritos are used in place of a traditional breadcrumb coating for a burst of zesty flavor.
Dorito Chicken Tenders Recipe
In the past, Fridays were my family’s fast food nights. It was a welcome opportunity for an indulgent meal and a night off of cooking for me. However, I can’t really justify the expense anymore so instead I’ve been trying to make fun and indulgent meals that everyone is excited about that are also quick and easy for me so I’m still getting a chance to relax on Fridays.
(To make this meal even easier, you can prep this recipe up to two days ahead and store in the fridge until ready to bake.)
You can also use this method for making Dorito chicken nuggets or even Dorito-crusted chicken breasts. (Dorito chicken breasts would be delicious sliced up and served over a taco salad or you could even fancy them up and make into a chicken parm-inspired dish.)
We love using leftover Dorito crusted chicken tenders to make quick chicken wraps with lettuce, tomatoes and a bit of ranch dressing.
Use whichever Dorito flavor your family prefers – you can even use other chips. I’ve heard of people using BBQ chips and we’ve also tried them with Flaming Hot Cheetos to great success! (That recipe is coming soon.)
Store these chicken tenders in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze up to three months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
For crushing the Doritos, I personally recommend going through the minimal hassle of using a food processor. I’ve tried crushing them in the bag before and didn’t find that the uneven crumbs worked well for coating the chicken tenders. (The big pieces just won’t stick.)
Regarding using the oven racks for baking, this ensures even cooking and allows you to skip flipping the chicken if you need to focus on other things while the chicken is baking. Spraying the oven racks with cooking oil before baking will allow for an easier clean-up and I personally find Dawn Powerwash makes cleaning baking racks super quick and easy (not sponsored – I’m just obsessed).
Can I air-fry Dorito chicken tenders? Yes, you can air-fry at 375F for 18 minutes, until the chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 165F.
Can I deep-fry Dorito chicken tenders? Yes! Heat oil in a dutch oven or fryer to 350F and then fry the tenders 3 at a time for about 5 minutes, until the chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 165F.
Be sure to check out our step-by-step video to see how to make our dorito chicken tenders – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Ingredients for Dorito Crusted Chicken
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can add additional seasoning, if desired. This recipe will use just slightly less than a full bag of Doritos – you can probably reserve about 20 chips for snacking, if desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Food Processor
- Shallow Bowls
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Sheet Pan
- Oven-proof Rack
How to Make Dorito Chicken Tenders
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.
Makes approximately 4-5 servings, approximately 15 tenders.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our Dorito chicken tenders recipe:
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1-235g Bag Doritos
- 1lb Chicken Breasts or Chicken Tenders
- 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.
- Makes approximately 4-5 servings, approximately 15 tenders.
Tip: you can add additional seasoning, if desired. This recipe will use just slightly less than a full bag of Doritos - you can probably reserve about 20 chips for snacking, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this easy recipe for dorito-crusted chicken tenders as much as mine did!
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