March 5, 2019

Cheese Doodle chicken tenders

Chicken tenders coated with crushed up cheese doodles are baked until golden and yummy! Did you know it's National Cheese Doodle Day?? I feel like I'm stepping a bit outside of the box today by participating with some of my fellow Festive Foodies to create a recipe celebrating these famous snacks! I've been trying to focus on more family friendly recipes lately so when I saw this event, I immediately wanted to participate and make chicken. I have to say that it was a huge hit here, even with my one toddler who is not a generally a meat fan. We ate them all! These chicken tenders are such a fun meal, especially for kids. I served these chicken tenders with barbecue sauce for dipping, a side of sweet potato fries, and a side of buttered corn and all the plates were cleaned! This is a huge win in my mom book. So grab a bag of cheese doodles (or any cheese puffs), get some sticky orange fingers, and make a batch of these for a fun dinner soon. This recipe will serve about 4 people with sides.

Cheese doodle chicken tenders
olive oil, for greasing
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2-1/2 cups finely ground cheese doodles
about 2 lbs. chicken tenders

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets with olive oil.

Gather three shallow dishes or pie plates. In the first, stir together the flour, salt, and pepper. In the second, whisk together the eggs, hot sauce, and a splash of water. In the third, place the ground cheese doodles (I ground mine in the food processor until finely ground).

One at a time, dredge each chicken tender in the flour, knocking off any excess. Then dip in the egg and then dredge in the cheese doodles. Place on the baking sheets about 1-inch apart. Repeat until all are used.

Bake for about 17-19 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve hot with barbecue sauce, or other dipping sauce such as ranch or honey mustard.

Check out more creatively cheesy recipes:
Beefy Cheeto Burrito from Palatable Pastime
Cheese Doodle Chicken Tenders from Savory Moments
Cheese Doodle Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Cheese Doodle Meatballs from The Freshman Cook
Cheetoh Cheese Balls from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Cheetos Sushi from The Spiffy Cookie
Lightning Bolt-Encrusted Chicken Wings from Culinary Adventures with Camilla


  1. They look so crunchy and fingerlickingly delicious with that cheese doodle coating!

  2. I'm so glad you went outside the box a little and joined us today! Definitely a very approachable way to use cheese doodles.

  3. I think the teen and toddler (oops, preschooler, she is constantly correcting me LOL) would love these.

  4. I ALMOST made tenders, too. Now, I can just make yours. They look so fun! And I have leftover doodles, too.

  5. You definitely had the right idea with the smaller crumb. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. OMG! Incorporating cheese doodles into dinner??? Yes please!!!

  7. chicken tenders corn, and sweet potato fries - I'd clean my plate as well! Wish I were a kid in your house. These tenders look delicious.

  8. Wow, neat idea! These look incredibly flavorful -- and very original. Thanks!

  9. My daughter is picky, picky and doesn't eat much meat. I have a feeling she'd go for these, too. In fact, my hubby and I would, too!

  10. Yum, that is a perfect dinner for me☺

  11. I love chicken tender, and you sure made it even tastier with the cheese puff coating...thanks for the recipe Amy.
    I hope you are having a great week!

  12. I didn't know there was a day for cheese doodles! These look like lots of fun. I can see why they disappeared.

  13. No wonder these are the favourite treats for kids... perfect meal for any party

  14. excellent idea! i can't remember the last time i had a cheese doodle but would buy a bag just for this purpose!

  15. Nice post.Keep sharing. Thanks for sharing.


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