D is for Dorito Chicken

After making this for my family I experimented a bit more with the recipe to come up with the tastiest, crispiest product possible. Baking the chicken in the oven makes it much healthier than fried chicken. The challenge is that mixing chips with egg wash proves tricky when attempting to come up with a crispy final product! I believe I’ve come up with the Doritos recipe to give you great flavor and the crispiness you desire! The pictures taken reflect my first attempt at this recipe. My final written recipe will give you all the updates to make your Dorito Chicken the best (crispiest) it can be.


This recipe is SUPER easy and SUPER cheap! It fits right into my need for budget-friendly recipes.

Here is the full Dorito Chicken Recipe!

Here we go!…

You can buy pre-packaged chicken tenderloins at the grocery store. I had whole chicken breasts in the freezer that I defrosted in the fridge a couple of days and then cut into tenderloins myself. If you already have chicken breasts you can do the same! If not, buy the tenderloins and you can skip this first step of prep.

You’ll need to weigh out 1 pound of chicken (or more if you’re doubling the recipe).  Some chicken breasts are thicker than others so you’ll need to cut the really thick ones in half crosswise before slicing it into tenders. If the chicken breast isn’t too thick just move straight to cutting it into tenders. You can see the pictures below to give you a visual of cutting thick chicken breasts crosswise and what a chicken tender looks like! It doesn’t have to be exact, just approximate!

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Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put several Doritos in a resealable plastic bag, seal the bag, and crush the chips finely with your fingers. Continue this until you have 1/2 cup finely crushed Doritos. You can pour the crushed Doritos into a shallow bowl or just leave them in the resealable bag at this point. Add 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs and 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack cheese to the crushed Doritos.

Measure out 1 cup of flour into a shallow bowl and add 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Give this a toss to combine.

Crack 1 large egg into a small bowl and whisk it well.

Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place an oven-proof baking/ cooling rack on the baking sheet. Spray the rack with cooking spray.

You’ll notice in the pictures below that there is no flour step shown and there is no panko breadcrumbs added to the Doritos mixture. This is because these are steps or ingredients that I added in later tests of the chicken!  🙂

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Now create an assembly line!

First the chicken tenders, then the flour mixture, then the beaten egg, then the Doritos mixture, and finally your baking sheet/ rack.

Working with 1-2 tenders at a time, dredge the tenders in the flour (shaking off the excess), dip them fully in the egg (letting the excess drip off), coat them in the Doritos mixture, and place them on the baking sheet. Try to space them so they are close but not touching one another (this will help them cook more evenly and they’ll turn out crispier, too!) The final step before putting the chicken in the oven is to spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray. This along with the panko and the baking rack will help achieve crispier baked chicken!

You’ll see in the photos below that, once again, there is no flour step, no panko in the Doritos mixture, and no rack on the baking sheet.

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Bake the chicken for 10-12 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve with dipping sauces (like Ranch and Barbecue) for the chicken strips. Side ideas: A pre-bagged salad (like Caesar) or corn tossed in butter and salt/pepper (or corn on the cob) for your veggie. Add fresh fruit and you have a meal!

Here’s the full recipe one more time: Dorito Chicken Recipe.

This dish serves 2-4 depending on how many sides you serve and how hungry your eaters are! For us it serves 3-4. We all eat (my husband, myself and two girls under two) and we have leftovers for 1-2 people.

THE COST:$10 total ($2.50 per serving for 4 people) for the chicken without sides.

If you buy frozen chicken tenders and defrost only the amount you need for the recipe, the price per person comes down to $2.00 for the chicken!

Of course there would be a little added cost for any sides you use. I figured out that by using a can of corn kernels, butter, salt/ pepper, 1/4 pound grapes, and 1 sliced apples the total came to $3.30/ person.

Remember, this is shopping at average prices WITHOUT sales! If you DO shop sales this meal could be even cheaper!

The chicken just out of the oven:


The final shot before digging in!!…


Here’s to Economical Eating! Enjoy!

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