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Dorito Crusted Chicken Tenders

This is the crispy crunchy juicy chicken tender of your dreams. Marinated overnight in buttermilk then crusted in Doritos, it's the perfect comfort food.


Dorito Crusted Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 12 hours (marinating time) 40 minutes Cook Time: 25 mins Yield: 4 servings


For the Chicken Tenders

  • 3 large or 4 small chicken breasts, tenderized and cut into strips

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 2 tbs lemon juice

  • OR

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce

  • 1 & 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

  • 1/2 tsp dried chives

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 & 1/2 cups crushed Doritos

  • 1 & 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tbs olive oil (to brush before baking) or cooking spray

For the Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup mayo

  • 2 tbs milk

  • 1 tbs lemon juice

  • 1/4 tsp dried dill

  • 1/4 tsp dried chives

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Start by lightly pounding the chicken breasts with a rolling pin or mallet. Cut them into thin strips and set aside until ready to use.

  2. To a large food container with a lid, add the milk and lemon juice. Let it sit for 30 seconds then stir. It should thicken and curdle slightly. If using buttermilk, simply add it to the container. Add the buffalo sauce, 1 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, dill, and chives. Mix well to combine, then submerge the chicken strips in. Mix well to coat the chicken in marinade, then put a lid on and place in fridge to marinate a minimum of 12 hours, or a maximum of 24 hours.

  3. To a medium sized food container with a lid, add all of the ingredients for the ranch dipping sauce. Mix well to combine. Put the lid on and place in fridge until ready to eat. I like to do this at the same time as the marinating the chicken so the flavours can blend in the fridge overnight.

  4. When ready to prepare the chicken, preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a large baking tray with foil or parchment paper. Add the egg white directly to the marinated chicken and mix very well to combine.

  5. To a large, shallow plate, add the crushed Doritos, panko breadcrumbs, and remaining salt. Mix well to combine. Alternatively, you can add all of this to a large ziploc bag, and shake it to mix.

  6. Using a pair of tongs, dip the chicken into the dorito crumb mixture to coat it. If needed, use your hands to press the crumbs into the chicken to create a thick crust. Repeat with all chicken pieces. If using the ziploc baggie method, place all of the chicken directly into the baggie. Close it and shake and mix to coat the chicken with crumbs.

  7. Place the chicken in a single layer on the baking tray. Try not to let the pieces touch. Brush with olive oil or spray with cooking spray, and bake for 21-25 mins until crisp. Let cool for 5 mins before serving with the ranch dipping sauce.


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