Cheetos Crusted Chicken Tenders
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. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat Cheetos for dinner?!?!?!
How to Cook Chicken Tenders in the Air Fryer
How to Cook Chicken Tenders in the Oven
What to Serve With Cheetos Chicken Fingers
These chicken fingers were really good. They are everything you love about Cheetos but without the orange fingers! This was a fun dish. I think kids would really love this – who doesn’t want to eat Cheetos for dinner?! To balance out the meal, we like to serve this Cheetos Chicken Fingers with some green beans or asparagus. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these Cheetos Crusted Chicken Fingers:
- Teriyaki Green Beans
- Smothered Asparagus
- Creamy Noodles
- French Onion Broccoli Cheese Casserole
- Mack & Jeezy
Cheetos Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe
- 1 lb raw chicken tenderloins
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup finely crushed Cheetos
- ⅓ cup honey mustard dressing
- Pulse Cheetos in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper, if desired. Toss tenders in honey mustard dressing, then dredge in Cheetos crumbs.
- Place chicken in air fryer basket and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Set air fryer to 375ºF and cook chicken for 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining chicken.
- To bake in the oven, preheat oven to 475ºF. Arrange coated chicken on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Cook for 15 minutes.
Can freeze chicken tenders baked or unbaked for later.
Can use light honey mustard dressing and baked Cheetos chips.
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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…
No Cheetos on hand tonight so I used Doritos. I got a "Love it" from the 4-year-old! YES!
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!
You could try mayo or Ranch dressing
Is there an alternate for honey mustard dressing? Really wanna try these but I don't like Honey Mustard 🙁
Cheetos for dinner! I'm in 🙂 Sounds super.
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.
I made this tonight….it did not turn out. So sad. Is the oven temp correct? Mine did not coat pretty like yours.
Yummy, all of it!
Beverly – the mac & cheese is a Knorr side. It is the bacon mac & cheese – quick and easy!
I'd like the recipe for the mac and cheese on the plate please!
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!
Are you serious? This is like my dream come true– i LOVE cheetos! These look awesome.
Great and easy recipe. Thanks for posting.
I never would have thought of this! Definitely going to try this recipe.