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!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306 kcal
Author And Mitchell/Eating in the Middle


  • 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 plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Set wire cooling rack over a large rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
  6. For the ranch dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  7. Serve the warm chicken tenders with ranch on the side. {My kids used ketchup and BBQ sauce too. Yum yum!}
Nutrition Facts
Breaded Chicken Tenders with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 688mg30%
Potassium 505mg14%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.