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

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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

Nutrition Disclaimer

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  • My kids would go nuts for this chicken. What a clever idea using doritos. 🙂

  • This looks great, Steve! Going to give this one a try for sure. Maybe even this weekend!

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  • This is a must try..Love this idea Steve. How did you get those six pictures in one frame? Love it.

    • Thanks Regina! I used – and I created a collage. I find that it loads up the page quicker when it is one image compared to it being 6 separate images

  • I try my best to avoid processed foods at all costs (and I don’t usually find them tempting anyway) but this is just genius.

  • I made these on Friday night and they were really good. I loved the flavour that comes from the Doritos. I had three chicken breasts and it made so many fingers that we had chicken fingers for three meals. But I have to admit, the dip was my absolute favourite! IT WAS SOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!! Loved it! I will definitely make it again!

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  • question:

    Could you Prep these and then freeze them before cooking for later?

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    • I am not sure. If you try, I would love to hear how they turn out. My only fear would be that they may lose some of the crispiness. Otherwise, it should be fine.

  • Made these 2 nights ago but didn’t soak in buttermilk for 2 hrs…did about 30 mins. They turned out great…curious to try with other Doritos favors…great way to use up old/stale doritos!!!! They were evn fine leftover…no crispy but still yummy

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    • How does your household have old or stale doritos?

  • Stunning pic I’m sure the recipe is great too cannot wait to try it do u think I could fry these

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    • Thanks! I am sure you could easily fry them. My only comment would be to make sure they are not too thick so they can cook through before the crust gets too dark.

  • I followed this recipe to the T! Buttermilk and lining up my bowls and everything.. for some reason they just didn’t come out right. The nacho chips didn’t stick well to the chicken and because of that the taste was eh. It wasn’t bad but since the crumbs didn’t stick it was like having very plain chicken. How did this happen- your pictures look SO good :((

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    • Mandy, I wonder why they didn’t stick. Did you crumble the Doritos fairly fine? I wonder if they were big pieces then maybe they wouldn’t stick as easily. Another thought – did the egg wash stick to the flour or fall off? If there is excess flour on the fingers then the egg wash can just kind of roll off. I shake the chicken fingers to get any excess flour off. Not sure if either of these were the cause. Hope that helps

  • I literally just made these while my little brother and his friends were over and they devoured them! I used Spicy Nacho flavored Doritos and it was so good! I hoped using spicy nacho would give it a kick but it didn’t really, so next time I’m going to add hot sauce in the buttermilk or something. I really love how these are baked and not fried, it’s so crunchy and delicious. THANK YOU for putting this recipe up Steve! I found it via Pinterest <3

    • Thanks for the comment Vicki! Yeah – they are not spicy. I had thought of adding some hot sauce to the buttermilk as well, but then some of my kids would have not liked the heat. I sure would have though. 🙂 But you are right, it is a great way to get crispy chicken fingers that are baked and not deep fried.

  • Simply put, Thank you! You can’t see me, but I am bowing to you. The perfection and sheer harmony of ingredients begs the question ” why did it take so long for me to find his?”

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  • i could not find buttermilk in our small town store, could i substitute it with half and half or just regular milk?

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    • Also you can make your own “buttermilk”
      For every one cup of milk and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes.

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    • Add vinegar to regular milk and in 15mins or so you will have buttermilk

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    • add a little vinegar to the milk

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  • hi, i was planning on making this for my friend’s graduation party and didn’t know how much i should make…its for 10 people, so should i just double the quantity? just wanted to make sure before i started so that its not TOO much or TOO less haha!

    • I made this for my family of 5 (three kids aged 6,8,10) and we had a little bit as leftovers. Doubling it might be ok for 10 people but if there are many young guys (who can pack back chicken fingers!! – Haha), it may not be enough. I would almost think one chicken breast per person would work. Depends as well if you are making anything else. If there is other food then you would not need as much of this. I hope that helps. Have a great party!

  • Hi. I made this recipe tonight and I followed it exactly like it said, but my chips tasted stale (it was brand new, never opened bag, bought today) and my chicken was dry – and I marinated it like it said. I don’t know what went wrong…

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  • Looks delicious! Do you have the recipe for your buttermilk ranch dressing/dip on your blog to try?


  • I realized right after I posted the comment! Thank you!! 🙂

  • this was a repost on facebook, and my sister and i decided to make it for mothers day. we used a huge pack of chicken, ( we had 10 people) and used the huge family size bag from sams club. it wasnt enough, because we didnt use a food processor. but it was soooo good. everyone loved it. the coating kept comming off though. but there was no complaints! and we used chicken tenders, so everyone just had two pieces (to start). thank you for the recipe!!!

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  • I just made these for dinner using Spicy Doritos…they are amazing!!

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  • I would think if you mix cayenne pepper with the flour that would stick to the chicken and make it spicy. The more cayenne, the spicier. I’m going to try these out this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

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  • Can You cook in a skillet with a little oil or butter laid in?

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    • It should be ok. The only problem I could see is that it might not cook up the sides well if there is not much butter. It might be fine though.

  • Just made these for my fiancé and he loved them! They were so good and came out perfect. I didn’t know that if you did that with the flour and eggs and a breading mix it would give it that layer like it was fried! Soo yummy! Thanks!

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  • Made these Gluten Free

    rown Rice Flour in place of ‘flour’
    Sweet Chile Flavour Doritos


    ab-fab perfection!
    Thanks for this idea!

    I have had to give up a ton of foods, this put something back!

    Thank you!

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  • Would it be okay to marinate over night?

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  • Super easy recipe! Aside from marinating the chicken for 2 hours, everything else takes 15-20 minutes to prepare and cook. They came out beautifully and this was my first time cooking chicken strips. They are very moist, I didn’t crush the Doritos as finely because I wanted a crunch and they stuck perfectly if you use enough egg. They taste amazing!!!

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  • I like good respes that I can tery out with me family

  • Great idea to choose doritos instead of corn flakes…. looks crispy

  • Great idea to choose doritos instead of corn flakes. looks crispy

  • They’re almost ready 🙂 Do I need new bowls of flour, eggs, buttermilk and Doritos if I’m gonna make a new batch tomorrow? Sorry, I don’t normally cook chicken lol.

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    • No – you can use those bowl for the next batch. If you need any more flour, eggs, etc. just add a little more as you go. Enjoy!

  • I’m baking this right now! I can’t wait to taste it! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  • I made these the other night and they were a hit. We did have a few leftover, and I actually thought they were BETTER once they had a couple of hours to sit and cool off. Definitely will make these again. I’d be interested in what they would taste like with Cool Ranch chips.

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    • They are awesome with cool ranch ….

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  • Just made theseee omg delicious!!!!

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  • Followed the recipe but found that the flavour of the doritos was overpowered by the rest of the ingredients even though there was a good layer of the doritos still on the chicken when cooked. I thought i followed the recipe very well but any advice would be most appreciated. The chicken was lovely and moist and the doritos layer was crispy. I used chilli heatwave flavour by the way

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  • Made these tonight for my 3 y/o son and a friend and her son and they were a big hit for all!! With a ton of leftovers 🙂 Ill be bookmarking this recipe for sure! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  • Do they have to marinade in the buttermilk for 2 hours??

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    • no they do not have to – you could shorten it or even eliminate if you do not have time

  • Sooooo using these during football season! Thank you for posting they were a hit with my homemade frenchfries!

      • Cool ranch Doritos are the best I think 🙂

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      • Cool ranch Doritos are my favorite to use … I have used other flavors it always go back to cool ranch 🙂

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  • Not bad, but I was expecting a lot more flavor. It wouldn’t have been very good without the ranch, but at least the Doritos stuck really well to the flour and eggs, and the chicken stayed moist.

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  • I’m cooking these right now for my family and they smell so good I can’t wait to try them. I used 5 breasts and it made so many tenders but I don’t expect any leftovers in our house 🙂 I did half Nacho flavour and half Chilli Heatwave.

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  • I too love Nacho Doritos! Ever since I was a wee lass! Ha. I’m so excited! Thanks

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  • Hi!! Its possible frizzle?? Tkss

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  • Hello! I was thinking of using chicken drum sticks/wings instead of breast. Would I need to change/add anything to the recipe for this?

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    • I have not tried this, but I imagine the breading process would be the same. The cooking time is likely going to need to be a bit longer though. Good Luck!

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

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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.

  • Try using chedder jalapeno cheetos……amazing

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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

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

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  • 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 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.

  • 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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  • 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!

    • Have you actually tried them???

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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