These baked chicken tenders are dipped in milk, flour, eggs, and then dipped into crushed Doritos to serve up a crunchy bite full of flavour. Ready in half an hour, these Doritos Chicken Tenders could be on your table tonight! If you're looking for another delicious appetizer to serve for game day, these air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites would pair together perfectly with Doritos chicken, as well as my cheese-stuffed garlic bread!
My boys used to love ordering these Cool Ranch Doritos Baked Chicken Tenders at Kelsey's Restaurant. Then, they took it off the menu.
After being asked multiple times to try and make this recipe at home, I finally got around to it!
If you love Dorito recipes, then you will love my Dorito chicken casserole recipe. Ready in 35 minutes, it's a satisfying family-friendly meal. Great for next day to wrap in a taco too!
YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE!
- Your favourite Cool Ranch Doritos, Nacho Cheese or flamin' hot (if you dare!) combined with favourite chicken tenders!
- Only 5 ingredients and nothing fancy required to make these tasty chicken strips!
- This recipe is fun and family-friendly and always enjoyed by everyone!
- A quick and easy recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes! Combine this with Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges and a side salad for a delicious and fun meal.
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2.5lbs.)
- 1 bag (255g) of Cool Ranch Doritos. You can also substitute any of your other flavour of your favourite Doritos.
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- ¾ cup milk. I usually have 1% in the house but you can use any type of milk here.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
How to make easy Doritos Chicken Tenders - Step by Step Instructions
There are only a few easy steps to making this recipe and they're going to be a hit at your next party!
Slice the chicken
For this recipe, I used 2.5 lbs. (4 large chicken breasts) of boneless, skinless chicken.
4 chicken breasts makes 24-28 chicken tenders.
Slice them into strips about 3-4 inches long by 2-3 inches wide depending on your preference.
Try to keep them as uniform in size as possible so that they all cook evenly and within the time frame.
This is the fun part about making Dorios chicken. Open the bag. Roll the top down and crunch up the Doritos until you have crumbs. You want to leave a few a bit chunkier and don't crunch them up to a powder.
Assemble all other ingredients
Quick and easy - one bowl for milk, one for flour, one for eggs.
To make things easy, line the ingredients up in order and get yourself a wet cloth because you're going to need it 🙂
These are a bit messy. Trust me, if you don't start with the wet cloth right away you will end up with an accumulated blob of batter on your hand that gets bigger every time you dip a chicken tender.
Line them up in a row like this:
Chicken, milk, flour, eggs, Doritos, cookie baking pan, wet cloth.
The dunking production line
And that is it!! Dip the chicken in the milk and follow along down the row with the flour, eggs, crunched up Doritos, then place them on the baking sheet.
Line two baking pans with foil or brush them VERY LIGHTLY with olive oil. Just enough so that the chicken strips don't stick.it
Bake them - no frying!
Pop them in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 8-10 minutes. I baked mine 20 minutes and they were perfectly juicy. Make sure they're no longer pink inside. Cut one open to check.
My top tips for Dorito chicken
- Don't crush the Doritos up too finely. You want small pieces that will crisp up in the oven.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.
How to serve Cool Ranch Dorito Baked Chicken Tenders
There are so many possibilities, BBQ sauce, Ranch dip, or a drizzle of honey.
Carrot and celery sticks on the side with blue cheese dressing. A little side dish of Creamy Coleslaw.
What can I do with leftover Doritos chicken?
If you've made a big batch and have leftovers, they would be delicious sliced into a taco salad the next day. My kids love to reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds and put them into a taco.
You can use any flavor of Doritos that you like, but Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch are the most popular options for this recipe.
Yes you can. Place the cooled chicken strips in a freezer bag or airtight freezer container for up to 3 months.