Doritos Crusted Chicken Fingers

I have a severe weakness for salty snacks. I know that for some people, chocolate is their thing, but not me. I love to have a bag of chips while I am sitting on the couch watching sports, a movie or playing a board game. And if I get to choose any bag of chips – I go for Doritos. Yeah, I know, Doritos are not chips. They are awesome corn tortilla triangles of cheesy goodness! I love every flavor of Doritos but my all-time favorite is Zesty cheese flavor. YUM! So, it should come as no surprise that I look for ways to incorporate Doritos into my recipes. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale this week, so I decided that the recipe would revolve around chicken. After a little bit of thought the Doritos crusted chicken fingers were born!

I was amazed that they turned out as good as they did. They are perfect crunchy chicken fingers with the clear taste of nacho cheese Doritos. Everyone in the family loved them and it was great fun for the kids as they even got involved making them. They enjoyed dredging the the chicken strips in the various ingredients, but liked eating them even more!

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I often make baked chicken fingers crusted with corn flakes. It is easy to make and they turn out crispy and delicious. I used the same method to make these but substituted corn flakes with Doritos. I have no idea why this has taken me so long to figure out. Doritos are way better than corn flakes. I do not know if I will ever make them with corn flakes again. There are so many flavors of Doritos that I will have fun trying this recipe with Cool Ranch, Sweet Chili Heat and other great Doritos flavors!

Doritos Crusted Chicken Fingers

5 Step process

  1. Marinate sliced boneless chicken breasts in buttermilk for 2 hours.
  2. Dredge in flour.
  3. Dip in egg wash.
  4. Dredge in crushed Doritos.
  5. Bake in a 400F for 15-20 minutes.

I served it with this buttermilk ranch dressing.

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Doritos Crusted Chicken Fingers

4.35 out of 5
23 reviews
Oven baked chicken strips coated with crushed Doritos. Easy homemade chicken fingers that have the crunch and flavor of Doritos. Serve with ranch dip, bbq sauce, etc.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 chicken breasts , boneless skinless
  • 1 large bag (255g) Doritos , nacho flavor (or flavour of choice)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • cooking spray , optional


  • Cut the chicken into thin 1/2 inch strips.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and pour in the buttermilk. Stir so the chicken is coated in the buttermilk. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Using a food processor, crush the Doritos so that they are a texture similar to panko or coarse bread crumbs. Set aside in a large bowl.
  • Place flour and optional cayenne pepper in one bowl and eggs in another. Whisk the eggs so that they are well scrambled.
  • Preheat oven to 400F and, if desired, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Set up the four bowls in order: 1. bowl with the chicken, 2. bowl with the flour, 3. bowl with the beaten eggs, 4. bowl with the crushed Doritos.
  • Using a fork, lift out a few chicken strips and let excess buttermilk drain off. Place them in the flour and dredge them in so they are all coated in flour. Lift the chicken strips out of the flour and shake off any excess. Place them in the egg wash and turn them so they are evenly coated in egg. Lift them out of the egg and then dredge in the crushed Doritos. Place the coated chicken fingers on the baking sheet. Do this with the remaining chicken strips.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Serve with buttermilk ranch dip, bbq sauce or your favorite dip.


Per serving:

Calories: 823kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 45gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 249mgSodium: 713mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9g

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  • I love that recipe.
    I have used any kind of chips for mine. When I do that, I leave out the salt in seasoning the chicken. Delicious.

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  • 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe. Skipped the buttermilk, used one bad generic ranch corn chips & one bag nacho cheese Doritos. I found the generic stuck much nicer as breading than the actual Doritos did. Did 1/2 inch thick chunks (think big nuggets). Turned out super moist. Cooked 15 minutes per tray, flipping after 10 minutes. Boyfriend approved & me too!

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  • This recipe really worked well and my family absolutely loved it!

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    • If he likes heat try mixing in some Paqui chips if you have access to them where you live. They are HOT!!!!! Tread lightly with them.

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  • Excellent!!! Have been making these on Christmas Eve for the young ones for several years, even the adults love them. Quick prep time, so easy and a big hit!!

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  • 2 stars
    Very tender, but pretty tasteless. Whole family agreed. Surprised salt was not in the ingredients. Desperately needed salt & maybe garlic & onion powder.

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  • I tried this but there was no Doritos flavor. It just tasted, like corn chip on chicken. I have tried it different ways- fine grinding of chip, not as fine ground up chip, different flavor Doritos, with and with out buttermilk. I really wanted this to work but it always comes out as just stale tasting corn chip. I really don’t know how else to try and make this work.

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    • I agree.

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  • We love making our own chicken fingers and this sounds like a yummy version! Pinned.

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  • Tried these things. Half didnt stick to the chicken but the pan.
    Thats the first fail

    They were ok but after 4 i was getting sick of them

    Cool idea but not good

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  • These look amazing! I have recently created a chicken finger blog and cant wait to send my viewers to your post. What is better than combining chicken fingers with Doritos! I love the combination!

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    • Have you actually tried them???

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  • 4 stars
    Stumbled on this wonderful recipe this morning and tried it immediately. Loved it…it came out perfect. Thanks for posting this.

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  • I am literally standing on the kitchen pre-preparation.

    Question. Is there a way to freeze these? Would you freeze them before I bake?

    So I can prepare a batch! Thanks in advance!

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    • I have frozen them just before I bake. Then I bake them as I would frozen nuggets. Bake them from frozen but be aware they will need longer in the oven.

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  • 4 stars
    I used regular Nacho Cheese Chips, didn’t do the soa, and they were awesome! I served them with a Greek Yogurt/ Salsa Dip and Avacado!!

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  • I do not recommend frying them.. you don’t get much of the Doritos flavor at all

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  • 5 stars
    So I made more of these, wanted to make them super spicy cause my bf love spicy food. I put ceyenne pepper in the flour, franks red hot sauce in the egg, and I used Doritos Inferno chips they came out nice and spicy! 🙂

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  • I’m so making these! Can I use bread flour instead of using regular??

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    • Most definitely! bread flour would be fine

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      • 5 stars
        Omg they turned out so awesome and taste amazing!! My boyfriends gonna have to wife me up once I give him these Haha! 🙂

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  • 4 stars
    Try using chedder jalapeno cheetos……amazing

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  • I made this tonight for my boyfriend who absolutely loves doritos. I used the nacho cheese chips and they didn’t taste particularly cheesy at all. Just tasted mostly like corn chips. Also needed seasoning. Wished it would have kept it’s flavor.

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    • I have found that Sweet Chili Heat come out withe the best flavor.

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  • 5 stars
    I gotta try these I love chicken wings and Doritos. I think they’ll turn out great! Thanks

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  • I made these last night and I must have done something wrong, looking for advice on how to improve. I used the Nacho Cheese Doritos, Buttermilk, Egg Wash, and Flour but they just didn’t have the flavor expected. The crust tasted like stale cornchips and flaked off easily… the chicken was just bland…. What did I do wrong???

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