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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Chicken Tenders

Here you will find out the secret to making the world's most delicious hot Cheeto chicken in multiple ways, hassle-free. This is the only recipe you need.

July 9, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 6-8 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 55 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Use salt and pepper to flavor the chicken tenders generously, then cover the tenders with flour.
  3. Next, whisk the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. Dip the chicken tenders in eggs and coat the egg covered chicken in crushed flamin' hot Cheetos.
  4. Put the coated chicken tenders on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Serve while hot with ranch dressing on the side for dipping.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Hot Cheetos Chicken
Serves 6-8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 28.3 g56.6%
Total Fat 49 g62.8%
Cholesterol 20 mg6.7%
Sodium 452.5 mg19.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Flamin' hot Cheetos chicken is meant to be spicy, but if you want to tone down the spice a bit, add a bit of yogurt or sour cream to the dish to balance the spice.
  • If you don’t take dairy, then you can use coconut milk in the recipe instead to balance the hot taste.
  • Another way to make this flaming hot Cheeto chicken recipe less spicy is to add cooling herbs like cilantro and mint. They give the dish an oomph and also tone down the heat.
  • If things get too heated up, you can have something rough like bread or crackers to break the spicy taste. You can also have something sweet and starchy.
  • To make the chicken crispy, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking. Dry it thoroughly, and only then dip it in eggs. Then, cover with bread generously.
  • If you want to coat the chicken in milk instead of eggs, try not to use buttermilk, as it leaves more moisture behind, and the chicken won't turn out as crispy. The alternative, if you don't use regular milk, is to use soy or almond milk.
  • To get the most tender chicken every time, flatten it by pounding with something heavy. Then, cook the chicken on medium heat for 10 minutes before turning the heat down to low.
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This recipe brings you a combination hard to beat- hot Cheetos and chicken meat. There's only one word to describe this combination of hot Cheeto chicken - heavenly. After you try this mouth-watering flamin' hot Cheetos chicken recipe, you will never look for any other recipe for it, ever. Already craving some hot Cheeto chicken? Read on to learn the different ways to make and enjoy flamin' hot Cheetos chicken.

What Is Hot Cheeto Chicken?

Flamin' hot Cheetos were first introduced by a janitor working at Frito-Lay company. When the company started to decline, the janitor, Richard Montanez, proposed a snack made with chili powder he had been experimenting with to the Frito-Lay company. The company accepted the proposal, and soon flamin' hot Cheetos became not just a much-loved snack but a cultural obsession. Since then, flamin' hot Cheetos have been used in a variety of recipes. Flamin' hot Cheetos chicken is one of the most popular flamin' hot Cheetos recipes. In fact, the hot Cheeto chicken sandwich is one of the most in-demand dishes sold by KFC.

What Do You Need For Hot Cheeto Chicken?

Hot Cheeto chicken can be made in a variety of ways, so feel free to customize it according to your taste. But the recipe described above is a classic. For this delicious crushed Cheetos recipe, you are going to need crushed Cheetos, chicken tenders, eggs, salt, pepper, and flour.

You can make different dressings as dips. For example, ranch dressing tastes heavenly with hot Cheeto chicken, but you can also have it with ketchup, make a mayonnaise dressing, or use any other dip of your choice.

How To Make Hot Cheeto Chicken?

Hot Cheeto chicken can be made three different ways. By baking, using an air fryer, or cooking hot Cheeto fried chicken in a frying pan. Each method is described in detail below.

  • Air-fried:

You can make this hot Cheeto chicken recipe in the air fryer for a healthier version. Preheat the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes and spray with some oil. Prepare the chicken by seasoning and dipping. Instead of dipping in eggs, you can dip the chicken in olive oil, lemon, and oregano mixture and then cover with Cheeto crumbs. Cook the chicken in the air fryer in batches for the best results.

  • Fried:

You can also use the age-old method of frying to make this hot Cheeto fried chicken. Just pour some oil in a frying pan and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oil is hot, start putting the prepared chicken tenders in the oil one by one. Cook each side for 6-10 minutes and serve with a dip.

  • Baked:

To make baked hot Cheeto chicken, preheat the oven to 400 °F and place the pre-coated chicken tenders on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes to get some perfectly tender and scrumptious hot Cheeto chicken.

How To Serve Hot Cheeto Chicken?

You can serve hot Cheeto chicken with several side dishes and dressings like cream cheese, nacho cheese, and ranch. Cheese makes a great combination with hot Cheetos as it balances out the spiciness and adds a creamy, fatty flavor. Burritos and Quesadillas also make great side combos and compliment this hot dish perfectly.

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How To Store Hot Cheeto Chicken?

You can store hot Cheeto chicken in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Avoid storing in the freezer as that might ruin the taste and structure of the chicken, and try not to keep it for too long in the fridge either.

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