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These Dorito Chicken Bites are mouthwateringly tender with a crispy coating! They’re baked in the oven for a healthier recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce for an easy appetizer!

Dorito chicken bites on a serving plate with a ranch dipping sauce

Dorito Chicken Bites are one of our most popular appetizers of all time. They’re like KFC-style popcorn chicken with the added flavor of Doritos chips. The best part? They’re super-quick and easy to make without any need for deep frying.

They’re perfect for an everyday snack or to put out for a party or Game Day get-together. You can also cut the chicken into larger pieces to get nuggets or chicken tenders.


There are only 3 ingredients required for this recipe:

  • Chicken Breasts: Use only boneless, skinless chicken breasts or fillets. While chicken thighs are flavorful, they don’t make nice plump pieces.
  • Doritos: We prefer the original flavor, but you can also use Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch or (for a kick) Spicy Sweet Chili.
  • Mayonnaise: You can use regular or light mayo. If you want to avoid mayo, you can always use sour cream as the next best option. Avoid using yogurt, which will make the chips soggy.

I also recommend serving with a dipping sauce like ranch or salsa on the side.

How to Make Dorito Chicken Bites

To make them, start by pulverizing the Doritos into small pieces. You can do this by putting them in a ziptop bag and pounding them, or by pulsing several time in a food processor.

Next, cube the chicken breasts. Toss them in mayonnaise, which will help the Doritos to adhere to the chicken. Lastly dredge them in the Doritos and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes in a 375°F and voilà – they’re ready to serve!

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Dorito Chicken Bites

Dorito Crusted Chicken Bites are the perfect finger food to make when you want something super tasty, quick and easy. You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes for a party appetizer or snack that everyone will love. The best part? It's baked, not fried. Plus video tutorial!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 15 ounces Doritos, any flavor (1-2 bags)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, regular or light
  • ranch sauce, optional for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking mat and set aside.
  • Place the Doritos in a large resealable plastic bag. Then push out the air and seal shut. Using a rolling pin or mallet, pound the chips until pulverized to small pieces, but not a powder. (You can use a food processor to do this if you prefer.)
  • Pour the crushed Doritos into a shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a work surface and pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the chicken into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Then add to a medium bowl and mix in the mayonnaise until thoroughly coated.
  • Dredge each chicken piece in the crushed Doritos until coated on all sides. Then place onto the prepared baking sheet with an inch of space in between.
  • Bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with optional dipping sauce.


  • Make Ahead: This recipe is best when made right before serving. However, you can store them for one day in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Dorito Chicken Bites
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 304mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dorito chicken
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Doritos Chicken Bites - a delicious baked appetizer that's easy to make with just 3 ingredients in about 20 minutes. Crispy on the outside and tender inside, they're perfect as an appetizer for a party or Game Day, or just an everyday snack! #doritochicken #popcornchicken