Taco Chicken Tenders

by Rachel Gurk on May 1, 2013 · 24 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Main Dish, Poultry

Taco Chicken Tenders | RachelCooks.com

Alright–I’m getting with the blogging program now (enough with the wintry beef stew recipes, right?) and posting some southwestern and Mexican inspired recipes for the rest of the week that would work for any Cinco de Mayo party.

I’m starting with these Taco Chicken Tenders that are actually perfect for any day. My family loved these and I think they are great for kids. Healthy fun to dip in salsa. My daughter adores anything she can “dip dip dip.” They come together really quickly and are really flavorful thanks the homemade taco seasoning. The tortilla chip coating give the chicken tenders a great crunch.



They come together just like any other chicken tender would: flour, egg, and a crunchy layer, in this case, the tortilla chips. And you can feel good about serving these to your family because they are baked, not fried.


Taco Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4 chicken tenders

These taco chicken tenders are great for a party, but your kids will love them too! Super quick and easy to make.


  • 2 pounds of chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into equal sized strips
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of crushed tortilla chips
  • salsa for dipping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place flour and half of taco seasoning in a large shallow bowl. Place beaten eggs in another shallow bowl, and chips mixed with the rest of the taco seasoning in a third bowl.
  3. Coat each chicken strip in flour mixture, then dip in eggs (let excess drip off), and then finally in chip mixture. Place chicken strip on prepared tray and repeat until all chicken strips are coated.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Enjoy hot with salsa for dipping.

Verdict: I loved these! Just the right amount of spice, and perfect crunchy coating.
Husband’s take: He loved these as well.
How I served them to my two-year-old, E: As is! She loved dipping these in salsa.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but if you like things a bit spicier or more mild, adjust the taco seasoning as desired.
Difficulty: Easy!


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy May 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

This is a great change up on chicken tenders :-)


2 Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out May 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Holy moly! Forget the kidlets, I could eat a whole ton of these suckers! Taco seasoning and tortilla chips? Genius chicken tender idea, Rachel!


3 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

Great idea to use tortilla chips as the coating! Perfect way to switch up normal chicken tenders!


4 Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

I also love anything I can dip-dip-dip. These sound perfect for Cinco De Mayo…or every other day!!! :)


5 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

I enjoy using non-traditional breading for chicken. I’ve used tortilla chips before, but didn’t think to add taco seasoning. I like it!


6 Windy P May 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

What a great idea! I think the kids would love these. :)


7 Erika -Southern Souffle May 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

Love this idea..


8 Christine (Cook the Story) May 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

What a flipping FANTASTIC idea! I’ve seen chicken breaded in potato chips before but this is way better. How fun to turn chicken tacos on their head like this. I know my family will love these. Thanks for such a great idea!


9 Kathryn May 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

Such a clever idea to use tacos for the crispy coating. Can’t wait to give this a try!


10 Cassie | Bake Your Day May 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

So fun and unique. Great idea, Rach!


11 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

These will definitely have to be tried at home. Mexican food is my favorite and I enjoy trying out new things to keep the flavor profile.


12 Gerry @ foodness gracious May 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

These for me would be good every month!


13 dixya@food, pleasure, and health May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

this is just great – I love spicy chicken tenders with Mexican flavors


14 Bree {Skinny Mommy} May 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I love the tortilla crust on these! My boys would devour them :)


15 Carla @ Carlas Confections May 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Yes! I definitely want some of these!


16 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

What a fabulous idea for chicken tenders, Rachel! Pinning!


17 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Wow, Rachel! These tenders look terrific – scrumptious, easy and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Delish recipe.


18 Julia May 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

These look marvelous! Just in time for Cinco de Mayo! I could definitely see sticking these in a taco, burrito or slicing them up and putting them on salad!


19 sally @ sallys baking addiction May 2, 2013 at 2:12 am

This is a revolutionary recipe. It may not seem like one to you, but Rachel – omg. The thought of having chicken tenders (my fave) rolled into tortilla chips (another fave) is blowing my mind right now. Amazing!


20 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

My kids would absolutely go crazy for these! What a great idea.


21 Nutmeg Nanny May 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm

These look amazing! I have made chicken tenders with crushed cornflakes but never tortilla chips. I know Art would love these!


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