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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  • 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!

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  • Hi!! Its possible frizzle?? Tkss

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

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    • Thanks! So glad you like them.

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      • 2 stars
        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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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • 5 stars
    Just made theseee omg delicious!!!!

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

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  • 5 stars
    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!

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

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

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

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  • 5 stars
    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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  • Would it be okay to marinate over night?

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    • yeah – that should be fine.

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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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  • 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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