A cheesy coating makes these Spicy Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders a delicious dinner recipe the whole family will love. Dipping the homemade chicken nuggets in a spicy ranch dressing gives them an extra fun flavor kick.
As a family with three children, we have gone through our fair share of chicken nuggets and dipping sauces over the years from various fast food restaurants.
Ok, fine even I am guilty of ordering chicken nuggets for dinner when we go to McD’s…and that was just the other week. Don’t judge me…I had a salad with them.
The other day my husband and I were picking up some groceries from Sam’s Club. Anyone else love sample day? You know it’s going to be a good trip when you see all those booths lined up down the aisles. You also know you are bound to see and hear some funny things.
That day they were sampling the dino-shaped chicken nuggets. We happened to walk by that booth and overheard a customer talking to the worker. “So, what’s in these?” “Oh, it’s chicken?” “But they are shaped like dinos?”
My husband is convinced this lady thought those dino nuggets really were made with dinosaur meat because why else would she seem so surprised to find out they were chicken. We may have laughed like crazy all around the store because it was seriously so funny!
Or she was a professional sampler. You know the ones, right? They walk up to see what the sample is and then act like it is something they have never seen or tried before.
Don’t try to act like you haven’t done that too. “Oh, what is this?” “Popcorn?” “Why no, I have never tried that before.” Ok, so maybe that’s being a little too silly.
Because eating out or buying chicken nuggets all the time can be pricy, I like to make these easy baked chicken tenders at home. You can bump up the spicy flavor by adding some hot sauce to the buttermilk that you marinate the chicken in. Adding cheese and Ranch powder to the breadcrumbs make these chicken tenders taste that much better.
My family went crazy for these homemade chicken tenders. I’m thinking with 3 hungry kids, I am going to need to double the batch next time if I went leftovers. These chicken tenders will be perfect for all those salads that I have been eating.
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- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1-2 Tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 pound chicken tenderloins
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup ranch powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Stir together the milk and hot sauce. (Use 1 for mild, 2 for spicier) Pour over the chicken in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil.
- Stir together the crumbs, cheese, ranch powder, and pepper. Roll the chicken in the crumbs.
- Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the juices run clear. Serve immediately.
*Serve with ranch dressing and hot sauce mixture. Mix in enough hot sauce to suit your taste buds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: Serves 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 31g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.