Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Cheetos Chicken Fingers Recipe

Total Time:  30 minutes
Yield:  8


  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 8 chicken tenders (about 1 pound)
  • 2 mozzarella string cheese sticks, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 (8 ½-ounce) bag Cheetos, finely crushed


  • Preheat oil to 325℉ in a deep fryer or heavy pot fitted with an oil thermometer.
  • Using a paring knife, cut a pocket, lengthwise, into a chicken tender, being careful not to cut all the way through and also not to cut through the ends. Stuff the chicken with mozzarella and close it back up. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders.
  • Working with one at a time, dredge the stuffed chicken in flour, then eggs, then Cheetos, pressing to make sure the crumbs adhere.
  • Carefully drop chicken tenders into the hot oil without overcrowding the pan; cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to drain. Repeat with the rest. Serve immediately.