Taco Chicken Tenders

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

These taco chicken tenders are great for a party, but your kids will love them too! Super quick and easy to make. Get the recipe on 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 and 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 and is a fun change from typical bread crumb coating of chicken tenders.

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

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. PS: If you love chicken tenders make sure to check out my pizza chicken tenders or chicken caesar chicken tenders.

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

Taco Chicken Tenders

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

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.
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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!

How do you like your chicken tenders? I’d love to hear!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. Yes! I definitely want some of these!

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

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

  17. These for me would be good every month!

  18. 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.

  19. So fun and unique. Great idea, Rach!

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

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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!

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

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

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

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

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