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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cheetos Chicken Fingers


A little while back we made some awesome Cheez-It Chicken Fingers.  They were so good!  I started thinking about what other snack foods that would be good on chicken fingers.  I had a bag of Cheetos in the pantry, and I thought I'd give them a try.

These chicken fingers were really good.  They are everything you love about Cheetos, but without the orange fingers!   I used Baked Cheetos, because that is what I had in the pantry.  I think these would be even better with regular Cheetos.  This was a fun dish.  I think kids would really love this - who doesn't want to eat Cheetos for dinner?!




Cheetos Chicken Fingers
(Printable Recipe)

3 oz Cheetos (you want about 1 cup of crumbs)
1/2 tsp black pepper or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb raw chicken tenders
1/3 cup honey mustard dressing (I used Light)
cooking spray

Put rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 475°F. Line a baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil.

Pulse Cheetos in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl; stir in pepper.  Toss tenders in honey mustard dressing, then dredge in crumbs.  Arrange on pan. Spray tenders with cooking spray.

Bake, turning once, until golden brown, 15 minutes.



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15 comments:

  1. I never would have thought of this! Definitely going to try this recipe.

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  2. Great and easy recipe. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Are you serious? This is like my dream come true-- i LOVE cheetos! These look awesome.

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  4. I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!!!! I mixed some sour cream, melted butter and hot chili oil in with the mustard. I also used some pretzels as well because I didn't have enough cheetos. After two bites, my kiddo requested this once a week for dinner! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I'd like the recipe for the mac and cheese on the plate please!

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  6. Beverly - the mac & cheese is a Knorr side. It is the bacon mac & cheese - quick and easy!

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  7. I made this tonight....it did not turn out. So sad. Is the oven temp correct? Mine did not coat pretty like yours.

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  8. Altered Orange - oh no! Did you use honey mustard salad dressing? I did cook them at 475, but every oven is different. Try cooking them at a lower temp - maybe 425 or 450 will do better. I also use the non-stick aluminum foil - the coating doesn't stick to it.

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  9. Cheetos for dinner! I'm in :) Sounds super.

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  10. Is there an alternate for honey mustard dressing? Really wanna try these but I don't like Honey Mustard :(

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  11. I've made this and it was great! I have also used the cooking time for any of my chicken tender recipes and it's perfect. I have been cooking mine at 350 for 25 minutes for years and they always came out dry. Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. No Cheetos on hand tonight so I used Doritos. I got a "Love it" from the 4-year-old! YES!

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  13. I would love to have the self-discipline to have Cheetos in the pantry. They are such a trigger for me :(

    I'm going to try this, but will have to buy them specifically for the recipe, and only the size necessary for the recipe...

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