Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is crispy, easy, and delicious! The trifecta of a good chicken recipe!

Chicken Tenders

I packed up these Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and found a table at the park next to the library. We had a picnic to celebrate the glorious weather.

Family Picnic

Do you see? It was a BEAUTIFUL day 🙂

Breaded Chicken

For dinner, I packed this tuna pasta salad, some cut up veggies, a few clementines and these Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders from Andie’s new cookbook! Andie is a blogger who first wrote this memoir {which I’ve read twice} and now has this cookbook:

Breaded Chicken

Breaded Chicken

After thumbing through this beautiful book with Brooke, we decided to make this recipe because {1} we had all the ingredients on hand without having to make a trip to the store {2} super kid friendly!! and {3} I could use the leftovers on a salad #winning.

So, I whipped a double batch up and off to the park we went.

Breaded Chicken

Ya’ll–> they were a hit. A big hit. And I’m not just saying that because I was in a ridiculously good mood because SUN.

I mean to tell you that they were really that good, especially with the homemade buttermilk ranch to go with. And that’s coming from a girl who typically prefers vinaigrettes to creamy dressings. Homemade makes all the difference in the world.

Breaded Chicken

Brooke tried the ranch, Blake was more interested in the grass than eating, but generally my kiddos preferred the ketchup. Gord and I alternated between the BBQ sauce and the ranch. SO good 🙂

Breaded Chicken

If you’re looking for a cookbook with delicious and healthy recipes for summer, this is the ticket. Thanks for sharing your lovely book with me, Andie! Can’t wait to see you in a few days at Indulge! *insert ten million heart-eyed emojis here*

Recipe below. Have a great day, friends!

Chicken Tenders
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4.45 from 9 votes

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is crispy, easy and delicious! The trifecta of a good chicken recipe!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


For the chicken--

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 egg whites or 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

For the Buttermilk Ranch--

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill plus 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set wire cooling rack over a large rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small shallow bowl, whisk together the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parmesan. In another small bowl, beat the egg whites.
  • Dredge each tender first in the egg whites, then in the bread crumbs, pressing to coat. Put the coated tenders on a plate as you go, repeating the dredging process until all the tenders are coated.
  • In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add ha;f the tenders and cook until golden brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown, another 3 minutes more. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan, and repeat the cooking process with the remaining tenders.
  • Bake until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
  • For the ranch dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Serve the warm chicken tenders with ranch on the side. {My kids used ketchup and BBQ sauce too. Yum yum!}


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 505mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breaded chicken tenders
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  1. 50 (more!) School Lunch Ideas | Lauren's Latest

    […] Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders: Make ahead on Sunday night and serve warm or cold all week! My kids LOVE these. […]

  2. Shay

    First time making these chicken fingers and they smelled and tasted like puke! I have no idea why that happened but it was pretty gross. I mix’s everything as directed so not sure what happened.

  3. Kelly

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I am so glad I found this post. My kids are total chicken tender lovers. But recently my daughters were diagnosed with some major food allergies. Bye-bye chicken tenders (and all things wheat, corn, soy and peanut). This recipe was easily adaptable with gluten free bread crumbs in place of panko and yogurt in place of mayo. And they were delicious! Even my picky, picky son loved them. The ranch dip has already been turned into ranch dressing for salads as well. Thank you for this lovely alternative!

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  5. Karen

    5 stars
    Made these tonight… Happened to have everything on hand. Easy, delicious and will use leftovers in a wrap or on salad. I used the whole eggs and didn’t have sour cream so used plain yogurt. Also added a little sugar…. Thank you for solving my dinner dilemma.

  6. Juliannegreen

    In the south they spell it y’all not ya’ll. And if you’re talking about a group you say: all y’all. 🙂

  7. Marilyn Brennan

    Wanna wanna make this but need to get to the store first. I may as well do it right the first time instead of substituting a lot! Really looking forward to it!

  8. Andie Mitchell

    OH MY GOODNESS! I am beaming seeing this! Lauren, thank you so much!!! I’m so happy that you tried the recipe and even more that you and the fam loved it! What a day-brightener for me 🙂 The photo of Brooke holding the cookbook is too cute!!

    I can’t WAIT to see you on FRIDAY! xoxox Love you, friend!!