Doritos-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Doritos-Crusted Chicken Tenders


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups Doritos (any flavor), crushed
  • Cooking spray (for air frying)


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 380ยฐF (193ยฐC).
    • Cut the chicken breasts into long, thin strips, creating chicken tenders.
  2. Crush the Doritos:
    • Place the Doritos in a plastic bag and crush them into small pieces. You can use a rolling pin or the bottom of a heavy pan to crush them effectively.
  3. Coat the Chicken:
    • In a shallow dish, whisk the egg until well beaten.
    • Dip each chicken tender into the beaten egg, ensuring it’s fully coated.
  4. Doritos Coating:
    • Roll the egg-coated chicken tenders in the crushed Doritos, pressing gently to make sure the Doritos adhere to the chicken.
  5. Air Fry:
    • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
    • Place the coated chicken tenders in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them to allow for proper air circulation.
  6. Cooking:
    • Air fry the chicken tenders at 380ยฐF for 15 minutes.
    • After 15 minutes, flip the chicken tenders using tongs.
    • Continue air frying for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Serve:
    • Once the chicken tenders are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
    • Serve the Doritos-crusted chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch, barbecue, or salsa.

Optional Tips:

  • Experiment with different Doritos flavors to add variety to the coating.
  • Serve with a side of vegetables, a salad, or your child’s favorite sides for a complete meal.
  • Encourage your kids to get involved in the preparation process by helping crush the Doritos or coating the chicken tenders.

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