Doritos Chicken tenders


Looking to add a burst of flavor to your game day spread? Look no further than Doritos chicken tenders! These crunchy, savory delights are bound to be a hit at any gathering. Combining the irresistible crunch of Doritos with tender, juicy chicken, this recipe is sure to become a crowd favorite. Let’s dive into how to make these delicious treats.


  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1 bag Doritos (your favorite flavor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil for frying


  1. Crush the Doritos into fine crumbs using a food processor or by placing them in a sealed plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.
  2. Set up a breading station with three shallow bowls. In one bowl, place the crushed Doritos. In another bowl, beat the eggs. In the third bowl, add the flour mixed with salt and pepper.
  3. Dip each chicken tender first in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Then dip it into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, coat the chicken tender in the crushed Doritos, pressing gently to adhere the crumbs.
  4. Heat cooking oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Fry the coated chicken tenders in batches for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy the crunchy, flavorful goodness!

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces like ranch, barbecue, or honey mustard.
  2. Pair with a side of crispy French fries or coleslaw for a complete meal.
  3. Create a DIY taco bar with Doritos chicken tenders as one of the filling options.
  4. Slice the chicken tenders and use them to top a salad for added crunch and protein.
  5. Serve as sliders on mini buns with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
  6. Cut the chicken tenders into bite-sized pieces and serve as appetizers at your next party.
  7. Use leftover chicken tenders to make a delicious wrap with lettuce, cheese, and salsa.
  8. Top a pizza with sliced Doritos chicken tenders for a unique twist on a classic favorite.
  9. Serve alongside macaroni and cheese for the ultimate comfort food feast.
  10. Make a Doritos chicken tender sandwich with your favorite toppings and condiments.
  11. Serve on a bed of rice with a side of steamed vegetables for a wholesome meal.
  12. Pack Doritos chicken tenders in a picnic basket for a flavorful outdoor meal.

Storage Tips:

  1. Store leftover chicken tenders in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. To maintain their crispiness, reheat chicken tenders in a toaster oven or air fryer rather than the microwave.
  3. If freezing, wrap individual chicken tenders tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  4. Frozen chicken tenders can be reheated in the oven from frozen at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Allow reheated chicken tenders to cool slightly before serving to avoid burning your mouth.
  6. For the best taste and texture, consume frozen chicken tenders within 1-2 months.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use bone-in chicken instead of chicken tenders?
    • Yes, you can use bone-in chicken pieces, but adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure they are cooked through.
  2. Can I bake the Doritos chicken tenders instead of frying them?
    • Yes, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  3. Can I use flavored Doritos for extra kick?
    • Absolutely! Experiment with different Doritos flavors to customize the taste to your preference.
  4. Can I make these chicken tenders gluten-free?
    • Yes, simply use gluten-free Doritos and substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  5. How do I prevent the Doritos coating from falling off during frying?
    • Make sure to press the Doritos crumbs onto the chicken firmly and avoid overcrowding the frying pan.
  6. Can I prepare the chicken tenders ahead of time and fry them later?
    • Yes, you can bread the chicken tenders ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for a few hours before frying.
  7. Can I use crushed Doritos as a topping for other dishes?
    • Absolutely! Crushed Doritos can add a flavorful crunch to salads, casseroles, and even macaroni and cheese.
  8. How can I make the chicken tenders spicier?
    • You can add spices like cayenne pepper or chili powder to the flour mixture for an extra kick.
  9. Are Doritos chicken tenders suitable for children?
    • Yes, they can be a fun and tasty option for kids, but you can adjust the seasoning to suit their taste preferences.
  10. Can I use a different type of protein instead of chicken?
    • Yes, you can try this recipe with tofu, fish fillets, or even cauliflower florets for a vegetarian alternative.
  11. What should I serve with Doritos chicken tenders?
    • They pair well with a variety of sides such as fries, coleslaw, potato salad, or roasted vegetables.
  12. How long will leftover Doritos chicken tenders stay crispy?
    • Leftover tenders can be reheated in a toaster oven or air fryer to maintain their crispiness, but they are best enjoyed fresh.



Incorporating Doritos into your chicken tenders adds a delightful crunch and burst of flavor that will leave your taste buds craving more. Whether you’re hosting a game day party or simply looking to spice up your weeknight dinner routine, these Doritos chicken tenders are sure to be a hit. Get ready to elevate your snacking game with this irresistible recipe!