Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!
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These Easy Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers are such a fun spin on a favorite dinner! Crispy Doritos coat the chicken pieces for a meal everyone will love!

Making dinner for a family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

At least for MY FAMILY it isn’t.

I know some girls totally have it figured out…like this gal… and this one too.

And of course we have family favorites: Tacos, Chicken and Dumplings…but the resounding favorites are chicken fingers, chicken cutlets, chicken tenders, chicken nuggets…pretty much any type of chicken that is breaded and baked or fried.

Sometimes this makes me feel like a failure as a mother, but then other times, I’m like , “hey, it isn’t cereal”…so there’s that.

Of course we eat lots of foods over here and introduce new veggies and all that…so please, hold your judgement…but if you were to ask my kids what they wanted for dinner, I guarantee you they would say Chicken Cutlets. Guaranteeeeeee.

So in an effort to make the Chicken a little more interesting I went ahead and did what any normal person would do. I crushed up some Cool Ranch Doritos and coated the chicken in them.

These Chicken Fingers are baked and the Cool Ranch chips kept the coating crispy and flavorful on the outside! I’ve done this before for dinner with Nacho Cheese Doritos too…either way is a fun variation on chicken fingers!

 

Here’s how I did it…

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

I got some chicken tenders. I was lazy and bought the chicken already cut into strips, but feel free to buy boneless chicken breasts and cut them into the strips or nuggets!

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

I soaked the chicken in buttermilk. In my experience the buttermilk helps with the texture of the meat as well as the crispiness of the crust. It’s what I like to do.

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

Let that soak for at LEAST a few hours, but an overnight is better.

Then grab a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. Eat 2 and crush the rest.

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

Mix that with a little bit of flour and I also use some dry ranch seasoning to amp-up the ranch flavor. You can usually find that down the salad dressing aisle.

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

Allow the excess buttermilk to drip off each piece of chicken and then coat in your Dorito mixture…

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

When they are baked they will be perfectly crispy!

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

And of course serve with more Ranch dressing!!

Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers ~ An easy weeknight meal. Chicken tenders coated in Cool Ranch Dorito chips and baked! Crispy on the outside!

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Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers
 
serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into "tenderloin" strips
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (or whatever flavor you prefer)
  • 1 cup flour
  • *optional 1-2 Tbsp Ranch seasoning mix for extra Ranch flavor
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, marinate the chicken strips in buttermilk for at LEAST 2-3 hours (you can soak overnight).
  2. When ready to bake preheat oven to 400°.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  4. Take bag of Doritos and crush the chips inside. Now transfer Dorito pieces and flour into food processor or blender to crush and blend until the Doritos are the size of panko bread crumbs. Add in Ranch seasoning if desired.
  5. Transfer crumbs into a medium bowl.
  6. Set up a "coating station" and remove each chicken strip from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off and coat the chicken in the Dorito/Flour mixture.
  7. Transfer to lined baking sheet. Continue with all chicken.
  8. Bake chicken strips for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately with Ranch dressing!

 

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24 Comments on "Cool Ranch Doritos Chicken Fingers"

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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These are possibly the most perfect things ever! I’m glad it uses up the whole bag of doritos, otherwise I’d eat the leftover chips all in one sitting. Probably while the chicken is baking. I cannot wait to give these a whirl!

Jen of My Tiny Oven
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These are going on the menu for later this week for sure. My husband is going to LOVE them!!! You just can’t go wrong with a Cool Ranch Dorito! LOVE IT!

DessertForTwo
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I’m an adult and all I want is fried chicken for dinner! I must make this!

Leslie
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Yup….easy peasy dinner! Love the Cool Ranch flavors

Karly
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We’re chicken strips twins today!

And I ALWAYS love a good dinner that incorporates a bag of chips.

Erin | The Law Student
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Cool Ranch Doritos were my ULTIMATE in middle school. I think it’s time for a throwback dinner!

Juliann
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These are the most beautiful things I have ever seen!

Agos
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Cool! I love doritos so I’d love to make these 🙂 I never made chicken fingers for some reason! Though, if the chicken tenderloin is what I think it is (my English is not that good), that’s their actual size. It’s a little piece of meat that comes attached to the chicken breast, so it’s not the same thing, but it’s very similar and they’re pretty much interchangeable.

Cookbook Queen
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Samesies here. Jon David would LIVE on chicken strips or nuggets if I let him!!

Coco in the Kitchen
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3 ingredients – love it!
This is dinner tonight.

Gloria // Simply Gloria
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Shelly, this is absolutely making my mouth drool! Cool Ranch are my most fave chips… and you made a breading out of them… beyond brilliant!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
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What a fun idea! I bet these taste great 🙂

Chloe @ foodlikecake
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Those look so good!

Amanda
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This sounds freaking awesome! Can’t wait to try this one 🙂 I love cool ranch Doritos, having it in a chicken finger is blowing my mind!

Jenny Flake
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Ok, my boys will love me forever when I make these! Thanks in advance, lol! xo

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
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The 8-year-old in me is freaking out right now. DORITOOOSSS! I need this, and now!

Ilona @ Ilona
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Chicken with doritos, this is perfect idea!

Renee @ Awesome on $20
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I’m going to try this when my daughter comes to stay this summer. I think we’ll all love it.

Lynna
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I would totally love this. Chicken fingers and cool ranch Doritos are amazing. I would love them together like this!

Kerri
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I have a question! When the chicken cooks, does it release water causing the crust to become soggy at all? Did anyone experience this?

Becky
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What if you don’t have the buttermilk? Can you substitute something else?

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